• Holding hands and making connections
  • Nurse gives participant a manicure
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Sharing Joy

Sharing Joy: a show for people living with dementia

Sharing Joy is a theatre show especially created for those living with dementia and their carers. It’s a huge celebration of life and all its joys, using music, dance, nostalgia, masks, puppetry and laughter to bring pleasure and meaning to everyone involved.

The show is set in the 1940s and 1950s, where we’ll meet courting couples, wartime nurses, a singing dog, and even Elvis himself - who may make an appearance as a special guest! There’s plenty of music to bring back memories, dancing to enjoy or join in with, swinging dresses and best suits. It’s a playful and joyous show that encourages everyone to take part and to express themselves.

Who is it for and where can it be performed?
The show has been created for people living with dementia, carers (whether in the home or Care Home), and families. Everyone interested is invited. Sharing Joy can be performed at venues, care homes, GP surgeries, dementia cafes or wherever we will fit!

What are the benefits?
Sharing Joy creates an environment in which those living with dementia can re-link with culture and take part in something meaningful, one of the Social Care Institute’s markers of excellence. The high level of participation helps everyone feel included and make real connections – with the stories and characters, the music and dancing, between residents, staff and families - something proven to make a positive impact on mental and physical health. The show encourages confidence, attention and communication, whether verbal or through touch, body language or gesture, improving well-being and contentment. As we work towards the Government’s 2020 Dementia Challenge, Sharing Joy gives people living with dementia the opportunity to express themselves and connect in alternative ways: finding another way of saying who I am.

For carers, Sharing Joy promotes knowledge, training and skill-building, supporting the delivery of excellent care and a positive environment. You’ll be welcome at a Sharing Joy performance whether you’re caring for someone at home, or working professionally in a care home. It’s a chance to see person-centred caring in action, to be inspired, to learn, to meet like-minded people, to have a laugh (or many), and a really, really good time.

Our sponsors
Sharing Joy has been created with the support of Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council and the Elmley Foundation. It is part of Vamos Theatre's two year Strategic Touring Project funded by ACE. aiming to develop audiences amongst those living with dementia and their carers.

The show was originally developed in partnership with The Hereford Courtyard, with inspiration from movement-play specialists JABADAO, and a special commission of the show has toured as part of Sanctuary Care's Shine project.

Sharing Joy  brings all the production qualities, humour, warmth and love of Vamos Theatre’s renowned touring productions right into the heart of the care community.




You bring us noise and laughter and make us feel alive.

Doris, 102,


I absolutely adored your show yesterday at Breme Care home. Colourful, funny, exciting, sensitive and inclusive, it was all held together in an era which everybody could identify with. One lady, with bright shiny eyes, said that it was the best thing she had seen for years. Bravo Vamos

Sheila Hobdon, Breme Care Home, Bromsgrove


That was the best time I’ve had since my wedding night!

Hugh, 84,


Residents who hadn't communicated very well were suddenly filled with emotion, and chatting  to care staff for days later

Anita Fletcher, Heathlands Residential Care Home


I could sit and dance and talk with you all night long, simple as A, B, C: I'm brimming over.

John, 75, Beechwood, Upton upon Severn


A massive thank you for today, we all enjoyed the show it was brilliant but more importantly the residents came to life!  They loved every minute of it and are still talking about it now.

Clare Herron, Lake View Care Home


I thought it would be the same old thing; it wasn't. It was different, always different: will you come back?

Kathleen, 89, Redhill Court, Kings Norton


Colourful, energetic, meaningful. Really enjoyed it, thank you.

Rukmi Silva, Manager: Lammas House, Coventry


Even just glancing around looking at the residents' faces was so emotional and so well worth everyone’s efforts.

Cathie Emus, Deputy Home Manager: Breme Residential Care Home


I will live on that fun for 3 months to come.

Brenda Luckman, 90, Resident, Hastings Care Home

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