• Little Joy waits at the station as a wartime evacuee
  • Joy gets her coat on
  • Joy and Walter have a picnic
  • Joy dances
Finding Joy
Promoters' Information

About the show

Funny, fearless and touching theatre from the UK's leading full mask company.

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 mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

Vamos Theatre’s wordless world brings this story of lost memories and discovered love vividly to life, in the production that established Vamos Theatre as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. Finding Joy opened at London International Mime Festival 2014 and premiered internationally at Jyväskylä Festival, Finland in 2015. It is funded by Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council.

This production is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences alike, and is suitable for over 12 years.

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




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


Finding Joy has a short run at The Fringe and you cannot go home and face your loved ones with any excuse whatsoever for missing it. Have some compassion for your future memories. An absolute Fringe must!
Read full review here.

John Kennedy, Edinburgh Reporter


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


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


Deeply moving and amusing in its keen observation of family relationships, it’s a must-see of this year’s Fringe. Read the full review

Jenni Davidson, Fringe Review


Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!

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.

Dan English, InQuire


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

Barbara Maxwell, What's On Stage


Workshop opportunities

You can book Vamos Theatre’s range of full mask workshops to accompany a performance. Suitable for all ages and abilities, workshops provide participants with a unique experience of full mask and physical theatre, ranging from a basic introduction to mask for beginners to in-depth training for professional actors.


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 6cm                      
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

Show-related full mask theatre workshops

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

Further information and booking:

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

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

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