• Joy in the doorway
  • Joyt gets ready for bed
  • Little Joy and mum in the air raid shelter
  • Poster image - Danny and Joy jump
Finding Joy
Promoters' Information

About the show

The funny, fearless international sell-out mask production from the UK's leading full mask company. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find joy!

Joy is 83 today: she's feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead?

Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy has performed to audiences across Europe and the UK, including a successful run at Assembly for Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries with its wordless theatre.

Suitable for 12 years and upwards, Finding Joy is accessible to hearing and D/deaf audiences alike.

Sponsors: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council.
Made in association with The Hereford Courtyard and JABADAO.

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Staging

Scale: 4 performers + 1 technician  
Min. stage area: 6 metres depth x 6 metres width x 3 metres height
Duration: 70 mins, no interval
Suitability: 12 years upwards
Lighting: A pre-rig is required. Vamos provides a technician and design
Sound: 2 x main FOH speakers, 2 x upstage speakers: show run on SCS using laptop with external soundcard, requiring 2 x 1/4" jack outputs.
Min get in time: Around 6hrs depending on venue
Max get out time: 1hr (2hrs international)

International touring

Excess baggage:
Pack 1: weight: 28K:
size: 180 cm x 35cm x 20cm
Pack 2: weight: 26K + packaging:
size: 143cm x 67cm x 65cm                      
Pack 3:Total weight 30.5K + packaging
Size: 150cm x 35cm x 75 cm

International  props:
A list of culturally appropriate props will need to
be sourced by the Promoter in the host country
e.g. branded toothpaste

Extended offer

Workshops:
Show-related full mask theatre workshops

Accessibility:
Including relaxed performances (in collaboration with the venue), and marketing support for the Deaf Community.

Relaxed Performances

We believe in making our work as accessible as possible, and we work with bookers to encourage as many Dementia Friendly and/or Relaxed Performances as we can.

Relaxed Performances are open to all, but specifically designed to welcome those who benefit, for whatever reason, from a more relaxed environment, such as people with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or autism spectrum condition. They’re a great way for family and friends to experience live performances together in an adapted environment.

Dementia Friendly Performances: People living with dementia can often feel isolated and lose their confidence in doing things they have previously enjoyed. With a few sensitive adaptations to the performance of Finding Joy, more flexibility with the seating plan and within the venue, and introducing more staff  who understand what it is to live with dementia, we create a dementia-friendly environment where people living with dementia feel involved and supported.

Click here to see our Relaxed Performances film...

If you think you might be interested in hosting an accessible performance, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

Reviews

 

Vamos Theatre's craftily constructed and crowd-pleasing piece...The show brilliantly conveys a sense of how frightening the world seems through Joy's eyes ... the company of four are always fleet and the storytelling is excellent.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

A genuinely original, beautiful piece of work which deserves to be seen by a wide audience BRIGHTON FRINGE 2014 ARGUS ANGEL WINNER

Duncan Hall, The Argus, Brighton

 

Thank you for this wonderful show - very sensitive, touching, very observant and a lot of funny moments: we are very happy having the company here!

Anna Fentrop , Referentin der Festspielleitung (Assistant Festival Director), Recklinghausen Festival

 

Skilfully handled without being overly sentimental...it's only a pity the company are up in Edinburgh for such a short run.

Alan Chadwick, Scottish Daily Mail

 

An outstanding aspect of Finding Joy is the characters, who despite being behind masks and miming without a single spoken word, come across with incredible intensity.

Anna Paseler, Recklinghauser Zeitung, Germany

 

What could have been a hard-hitting and emotional response to an evil and devastating disease has been turned into a joyful and resonant piece of theatre that will leave you as speechless as the actors.
Read the full review.

Liam Blain, British Theatre Guide

 

Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!
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Katerina Yannouli, Plays to See

 

The company are quickly cementing its position as one of, if not the, leading full-mask mime companies in existence. Finding Joy was an incredibly moving and wonderful piece of theatre. Quite simply, a triumph.
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Dan English, InQuire

 

Finding Joy, now showing at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful.
Read the full review here

Barbara Maxwell, What's On Stage

Learning and Participation

Vamos Theatre offers workshops for schools, colleges and universities, which can run alongside a performance booking. They’re suitable for all ages and abilities and give a unique experience of full mask and physical theatre. You can download more information in our Finding Joy Learning Flyer

Further information and booking:

Contact Vamos Theatre:
tel: +44(0)1905 312 921
email: info[at]vamostheatre.co.uk

In German speaking countries
Angelika Martin:
Tel: +49 (0)8122 - 42666
email: angelika.martin[at]artpromotion.eu

Trailer

 A moving, thought-provoking and hilarious piece of storytelling...