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Sharing Joy

Sharing Joy

Sharing Joy is a theatre show created for people living with life-shortening conditions such as dementia, cancers, heart disease and other neurological conditions, plus their families and carers. It’s a huge celebration of life and all its joys, using music, dance, masks, nostalgia and laughter to bring pleasure and meaning to everyone involved. The show is set between the 1940s and 1960s, with courting couples, wartime nurses, a singing dog and even Elvis himself. There’s 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. Sharing Joy can be performed in a variety of venues, including theatres, care homes, hospices, hospitals and community centres.

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).

For more information and to book
Contact Hazel Ratcliffe on 01905 312921 or email hazel[at]
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 hosting the show. You can read it here.

Our funders
Sharing Joy has been created with the support of Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council and the Elmley Foundation, and formed part of our ACE funded Strategic Touring Project, The show was originally developed in partnership with The Hereford Courtyard, with inspiration from movement-play specialists JABADAO. and has been generously supported by Sir Barry Jackson Trust and Gary Wiltshire. A special commission of the show has toured as part of Sanctuary Care's Shine project. The 2020 tour of Sharing Joy has been generously supported by Creative Scotland

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