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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 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).

If you're interested in booking Sharing Joy, you might like to read the blog written by Paul Stokes, Assistant Clinical Practitioner at Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Bromsgrove, about his experience of booking and hosting the show. You can read it here.

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