FINDING JOY
03 October 2018

FINDING JOY

 VAMOS THEATRE TOURS ITS ‘LIFE-CHANGING’ FULL MASK PRODUCTION, FINDING JOY, FOR THE LAST TIME IN THE UK.

Theatre-goers in the UK have one last chance to see an award-winning production about dementia this autumn. Finding Joy, by Vamos Theatre, the country’s leading full mask company, will visit venues in the UK in October and November, before the show continues to tour across the world in 2019.

Finding Joy tells the story of Joy, who is 83. She is 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 mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

The play aims to increase dementia awareness through this powerful and unusual style of theatre. Part of Vamos Theatre’s mission is to encourage empathy and understanding through the power of full mask theatre, and it’s clear that the show has an enormous impact on audiences, who consistently express how the show has changed how they relate to people living with dementia: many people call it ‘life changing’. 

With over 1 million people in the UK set to be diagnosed with dementia by 2025, Finding Joy approaches the subject with humour and humanity, and aims to welcome as many people as possible to performances: the tour will include dementia-friendly performances, and its wordless style makes the show fully accessible to d/Deaf audiences without the need of a signer.

Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company will continue to involve and engage audiences with Finding Joy internationally after 2018.

“What could have been a hard-hitting and emotional response to an evil and devastating disease has been turned into a joyful and resonant piece of theatre….” British Theatre Guide

 Finding Joy can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful” What’s On Stage   

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