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Sharing Joy
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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 - 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. You’ll be welcome at a Sharing Joy performance whether you’re caring for someone at home, or working professionally. 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.

Booking Sharing Joy
Sharing Joy can be performed in all sorts of spaces. If you're interested in booking the show for a Care Home, venue, or any other community setting, please get in touch
tel: +44(0)1905 312 921
email: info[at]vamostheatre.co.uk or contact us via our Contact Form

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.

The Team

CAST

Aron De Casmaker
Sarah Hawkins
Sean Kempton
Angela Laverick

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Rachael Savage
Sound Editor: Janie Armour
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask/Puppet Maker: Russell Dean
Choreographer: Rachael Alexander
Print design: alienpen

OTHER INFO

RUNNING TIME: 50 mins

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.

Trailer

Reviews

 

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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Wed 05 Jul 2017 10:30AM
Walnut Close Care Home
Brownsfield Road Thatcham Newbury, RG18 3GF
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Wed 05 Jul 2017 2:30PM
Willows Edge Care Home
Hutton Close Newbury, RG14 1HJ
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Thu 06 Jul 2017 10:30AM
Rose Manor Sanctuary Extra Care Home
Ketley Park Road Ketley Telford, TF1 5FH
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Fri 07 Jul 2017 11:00AM
The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre for the Arts
Edgar Street Hereford, HR4 9JR
Book Tickets: 01432 340555
Mon 10 Jul 2017 1:30PM
De Lucy House Care Home
40 Victoria Rd Diss , IP22 4HZ
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Tue 11 Jul 2017 1:30PM
Dell Care
45 Cotmer Road Oulton Broad Lowestoft, NR33 9PL
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Wed 12 Jul 2017 12:30PM
Heritage House
Mill Road Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1RF
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Thu 13 Jul 2017 1:00PM
Marion Road Day Centre
Marion Road Norwich, NR1 4BN
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Fri 14 Jul 2017 10:45AM
Sheringham Little Theatre
2 Station Road Sheringham, NR26 8RE
Book Tickets: 01263 822347
Mon 17 Jul 2017 10:30AM
Ashchurch Care Home
Ashchurch Road Ashchurch Tewkesbury, GL20 8US
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Tue 18 Jul 2017 10:30AM
Noble House Care Home
1 Oak View Way Worcester, WR2 5FH
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Wed 19 Jul 2017 11:00AM
St Oswald's Village Extra Care
Gavel Way Gloucester, GL1 2UF
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Fri 21 Jul 2017 11:00AM
Earlsdon Pack Village Extra Care
Albany Road Coventry, CV5 6JQ
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT
Mon 24 Jul 2017 10:30AM
Artrix
School Drive Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ
Book Tickets: PRIVATE EVENT

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 It really did put a smile on so many residents face that needed it and they had lots of laughter...I can’t thank you enough

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