Finding Joy

Vamos Theatre Company present

Finding Joy

Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 November 2017

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: £12 & £14.50 Concessions: £9 to £12.50

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Joy is 83 today: she’s funny, 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 a mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

Vamos Theatre’s wordless production tells the true story of a teenager’s decision to care for his grandmother with dementia, with humour, poignancy, and warmth. Praised by everyone from The Guardian to Dementia Positive, Vamos’s critically acclaimed and award winning production, Finding Joy witnessed phenomenal success at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and has enjoyed two international sell-out tours.

This life-affirming story of lost memories and discovered love is a must-see and has secured Vamos as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company.

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Find Joy!

Finding Joy is suitable for audiences age 12yrs + and is accessible for hearing and deaf audiences alike.

Running time: Approx. 70 minutes (no interval)

For more information about our dementia friendly performance of Finding Joy, see the Extra Info tab or the video below.

You can also download an introduction to the theatre pack from the downloads section of this webpage. Alternatively you can pick one of these packs up from box office, or email and we can arrange to have one posted out to you.

If you or someone you are visiting the dementia friendly performance with would benefit from a familiarisation session, where you can have a look around the theatre and auditorium a week prior to the show, these are available on Saturday 11 November. You can book here.

Thu 16 Nov 8:00pm Limited Availability
Fri 17 Nov 8:00pm Post-Show Discussion Limited Availability
Sat 18 Nov 1:30pm Dementia Friendly Limited Availability
Sat 18 Nov 8:00pm

“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 company of four are always fleet and the storytelling is excellent”

Lyn Gardner – The Guardian

rv.“An immensely affirmative joie de vivre… Catch it while you can”
rn.The Stage *****

rv.“Finding Joy… can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful”
rn.What’s On Stage *****

rv.“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”
rn.Hereford Times *****

rv.“Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!”
rn.Plays to See

rv.“Quite simply, a triumph”
rn.Inquire *****

rn.Time Out

rv.“A genuinely original, beautiful piece of work which deserves to be seen by a wide audience”
rn. Duncan Hall -The Argus

What is a dementia friendly performance?

A dementia friendly performance is a performance tailored to meet the needs of those living with dementia and make the performance and theatre visit more comfortable for them, their family, friends and carers.

It means that people living with dementia can come along and enjoy the performance in a relaxed and supportive environment.

What is different about a dementia friendly performance?

The lights won’t be dimmed in the auditorium, and people can move around if they wish, including going in and out of the auditorium.

There will be additional signage and more members of staff around to help. Staff and volunteers working this performance will have all received Dementia Friends training.

Furniture and surroundings in the theatre building will also be changed to be more accommodating to those living with dementia.

Who can come to a dementia friendly performance?

Everyone is welcome to a dementia-friendly performance – it’s just that it’s tailored to be as friendly and suitable as possible for those living with dementia.

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