• Susan and the record player
  • Susan tries on her new boots
  • Ladies at the hairdressers
  • Watching the World Cup
The Best Thing
Promoters' Information

About the show

A swinging sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company

It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for seventeen year old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down, and its repercussions will last for decades to come,

Step into the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread. Funny, heart-breaking and human, The Best Thing is a touring production from one of the country’s must-see theatre companies.

This production is accessible to d/Deaf and hearing audiences alike, and is suitable for 12 years up.

Sponsors: Arts Council England, Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Worcestershire County Council, Worcester Arts Partnership.
Made in association with London International Mime Festival.

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Staging

Scale: 4 performers + 1 technician
Min. stage area: 7 metres depth x 7 metres width x 3 metres height
Duration: Approx. 90 mins plus interval
Suitability: 12 years upwards
Lighting: A lighting pre-rig is essential prior to get in. Blackout is required
Sound: We use QLab with external soundcard, 4 x 1/4"  jack  to 4 speakers: venue to provide suitable FOH set up
Min get in time: Around 6hrs depending on venue (more for international venues)
Max get out time: 1.5 hours (2hrs international)

International touring

The Best Thing is available for international touring. Please contact us for more information.

Extended offer

Workshops:
Show-related full mask and physical theatre workshops

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

Chilled Performances

We believe in making our work as accessible as possible, and we work with bookers to encourage as many Chilled Performances as we can.

Chilled Performances are for anyone who may be put off going to the theatre because they need a more flexible and easy-going theatre environment. Audience members can come and go freely during the show (low level houselights will be on), noise and movement in the audience are no problem, there are small adjustments to the lighting and sound to try to limit shocks or stresses, and venue staff are on hand to help and support.

We also provide venues with Visual Story guides for our shows, which explain what happens using pictures and accessible text.

If you think you might be interested in hosting a Chilled Performance, please get in touch with us to see how we can help.

Reviews

 

Vamos sold out their run at Jacksons Lane for the second time as part of the London International Mime Festival, with a really inventive, imaginative and skilled piece of work that was loved by all who saw it.

Adrian Berry, Artistic Director, Jackson's Lane

 

This touching piece by mask theatre company Vamos takes the long view in its investigation of the unhappy plight of unmarried teenage mothers in the 1960s. The mask work is terrific... the storytelling is always wonderfully economical, too, with the swinging – and not so swinging – aspects of the 1960s revealed through action, music and fashion…We may have heard this story before, but Vamos make it seem fresh and necessary all over again.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

This is yet another stunning show from Vamos. For some years I’ve been describing them as the leading mask/mime theatre company in the country. Now I find myself having to call them one of the leading theatre companies in the country – period.

Chris Eldon Lee, BBC Radio Shropshire

 

If you’ve never seen full-mask theatre, there could be no better introduction than Vamos – their ability to explore profound themes with the lightest of touches is magical...the irresistible mix of humour and heartbreak makes them a must-see.

Phillipa May, Hereford Times

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. For more information see our Learning section

Further information and booking

Please contact Claire Morton, Executive Producer, on 01905 312921 or by email on claire[at]vamostheatre.co.uk

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 Absolutely fantastic - everyone must go to watch this.