• 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 the latest touring production from one of the country’s must-see theatre companies.

This production is accessible to 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.




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


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: 7 metres depth x 7 metres width x 3 metres height
Duration: Approx. 90 mins plus 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 6 hours depending on venue
Max get out time: 1.5 hours

International touring

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

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

 Absolutely fantastic - everyone must go to watch this.