• Holding hands and making connections
  • Cast and participants dance
  • Lady laughs out loud
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 most venues including care homes, GP surgeries, dementia cafes or wherever we will fit.

Benefits and learning outcomes
•  Encourages a re-engagement with culture
•  Involves high levels of participation, proven to improve mental and physical health
•  Encourages confidence, attention and communication, improving well-being and contentment
•  Gives people living with dementia the opportunity to connect in alternative ways
•  Promotes knowledge, training and skill-building in carers, supporting the delivery of excellent care
•  Provides meaningful engagement, an Essential Skills cluster for pre-registration nurses (NMC) and a Social Care Institute Marker of Excellence.
•  Links to Care Certificate Standards 4,5,6, 7 and 9 (HSC training).

Our sponsors
The 2018 tour of Sharing Joy is generously supported by Sir Barry Jackson Trust and Gary Wiltshire.

The show 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.

Sharing Joy 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.

The Team


Alejandra Bacelar Pereira
Nik Howden
Douglas Rutter
Lotte Tickner

Previous cast members include: Aron De Casmaker, Richard J Fletcher, Sarah Hawkins, Marissa Gunter, Sean Kempton, Angela Laverick


Director: Rachael Savage
Sound Editor: Janie Armour
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask/Puppet Maker: Russell Dean
Choreographer: Rachael Alexander
Consultant: Ken Howard



FUNDERS: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council and the Elmley Foundation

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,


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

Hugh, 84,


Music has this effect on me. That was wonderful and took me back to such fantastic times with my wife.

John, 86, Marion Road Day Centre, Norwich, Norfolk


A good laugh is what it's all about. I'm trying now to have a straight face. I can't do it!

June, 81, Dell Care, Lowestoft, Suffolk


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


What a revelation. Thank you for bringing such a heart-warming experience to our day centre.

Mary Britton, Day Care Manager, Heritage House, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk


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


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


I really enjoyed the dancing. The boys danced lovely.

Ivy, 91, De Lucy House, Diss, Norfolk

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Mon 18 Jun 2018 3:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Princess of Wales Community Hospital
Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0BB
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Tue 19 Jun 2018 5:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Peaker Park Care Village
Trojan Place, Off Rockingham Road , Market Harbourough, LE16 7FP
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Wed 20 Jun 2018 3:00PM
St Georges Theatre
Kings Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG
Book Tickets: 01493 331484
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Thu 21 Jun 2018 10:00AM
Sheringham Little Theatre
2 Station Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RE
Book Tickets: 01263 822347
Thu 21 Jun 2018 3:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Church Hall Wymondham
Fairland Green, Wymondham , Norfolk, NR18 0AW
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Wed 27 Jun 2018 2:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Royal Wolverhampton nhs trust hospital
Wolverhampton Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP
Book Tickets: 01902 321321
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Thu 28 Jun 2018 10:30AM
PRIVATE EVENT Bowood Court Care Home
Hewell Road, Redditch, B97 6AT
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Thu 28 Jun 2018 3:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Parklands Care Home
Callow Hill, Redditch, B97 5PU
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Tue 03 Jul 2018 11:00AM
PRIVATE EVENT Alcester Dementia Cafe
The Jubilee Centre, Jubilee Hall (off St Faith's Road), Alcester, B49 6AG
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Tue 03 Jul 2018 3:30PM
PRIVATE EVENT Kineton Manor Nursing Home
Manor Lane, kineton, CV35 0JT
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Thu 05 Jul 2018 11:00AM
Foyle Studio mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Book Tickets: 01214 463232
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Tue 10 Jul 2018 2:00PM
Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Book Tickets: 01302 303959
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Wed 11 Jul 2018 10:30AM
Glebe Field Centre
Glebe Field Close , Crich, Matlock , DE4 5EU
Book Tickets: 01773 853260
Thu 12 Jul 2018 1:30PM
PRIVATE EVENT Phoenix Park Care Village
Phoenix Ave, Scunthorpe, DN15 8RA
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Fri 13 Jul 2018 3:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Greenhill Care Home
24 Greenhill Park Rd, Evesham, WR11 4NL
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Mon 16 Jul 2018 11:00AM
46 Providence Road, Bromsgrove, B61 8EF
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Tue 17 Jul 2018 11:00AM
PRIVATE EVENT Extra Care Lovat Fields Village
Japonica Lane, Brickhill Street, Willen, Milton Keynes, MK15 9ED
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Wed 18 Jul 2018 2:00PM
PRIVATE EVENT Plymouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2BJ
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Thu 19 Jul 2018 11:00AM
PRIVATE EVENT MerafieldView care home
Underlane, Merafield View Nursing Home , Plympton, Plymouth , PL7 1ZB, UK
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Fri 20 Jul 2018 2:00PM
Hagley Place Care Home
Foldgate Lane , Ludlow, SY8 1LS
Book Tickets: 01584 878141
Tue 24 Jul 2018 11:00AM
PRIVATE EVENT Hagely Road Village, Extracare
Edgebaston, Brimingham, B17 8BH
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Wed 25 Jul 2018 11:00AM
The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre for the Arts
Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
Book Tickets: 01432 340555
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Thu 26 Jul 2018 10:30AM
PRIVATE EVENT Gracewell of Newbury
370 London Road, Newbury, RG14 2QH
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Thu 26 Jul 2018 2:30PM
PRIVATE EVENT Birchwood Care Home
26 Birchwood Rd, Newbury, RG14 2PP
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Fri 27 Jul 2018 10:30AM
PRIVATE EVENT Thatcham Court
Chapel St, Thatcham, RG18 4QL
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Fri 27 Jul 2018 2:30PM
PRIVATE EVENT Winchcombe Place Care Home
Maple Crescent, Maple Crescent, Newbury, RG14 1LN
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Sun 29 Jul 2018 11:00AM
RSC The Other Place
22 Southern Ln, Stratford-upon-Avon , CV37 6BH
Book Tickets: Josefa.MacKinnon@rsc.org.uk

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 It really did put a smile on so many residents' faces...they had lots of laughter...I can’t thank you enough