Sat 6 Oct
The funny and fearless sell-out mask production from the UK’s leading full mask company. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll find joy!
Joy is 83 today: she’s feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead?
Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy has performed to audiences across Europe and the UK, including a successful run at Assembly for Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries with its wordless theatre.
Suitable for 12 years and upwards, Finding Joy is accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike. It is supported by Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council, and was developed in association with The Hereford Courtyard, with inspiration from movement-play specialists JABADAO.
★★★★★ “A genuinely original, beautiful piece of work” Argus Angel winner, Brighton Fringe Festival
“Vamos is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most innovative, exciting full-mask mime companies currently touring. Finding Joy will only enhance its reputation... An immensely affirmative joie de vivre... Catch it while you can” The Stage
★★★★★ “Such a triumph” The Hereford Times
★★★★★ “Finding Joy can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful” What’s On Stage
★★★★★ “If you’ve never seen full mask theatre, there could be no better introduction than Vamos – their ability to explore profound themes with the lightest of touches is magical... the irresistible mix of humour and heartbreak makes them a must-see” Hereford Times
“Vamos Theatre’s craftily constructed and crowd-pleasing piece... The show brilliantly conveys a sense of how frightening the world seems through Joy’s eyes... the storytelling is excellent” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!” Plays to See
★★★★★ “Quite simply, a triumph” Inquire