Vamos Theatre will be tackling difficult issues through mask work this October, as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company brings Finding Joy to the Lichfield Garrick on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October.
The play is based on the true-life story of Danny, an 18-year-old boy, who looked after his grandmother, Joy, as she made her way through middle and late stage dementia. Danny’s methods were unorthodox, but he was a natural carer and looked after her with an inspiring freshness and positivity and always with total respect for her changing reality.
Joy 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 a mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?
Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, 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.
Vamos’s productions are extremely accessible due to their human and highly visual nature. The wordless nature of the performances also makes a Vamos show fully accessible to deaf audiences without the need of a signer.
Finding Joy is playing at the Lichfield Garrick on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 October. The performance is suitable for 12 years and upwards and runs for approximately 70 minutes with no interval.
Tickets are £16.50, £13.50 (concessions) and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.