We are very proud to be welcoming Vamos Theatre back to The Courtyard with their wonderful production of Finding Joy. Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading professional full mask theatre company. Their trademark style marries full mask with strong visual design and an original soundtrack. Their wordless productions are accessible, humorous, human, and fearless and are based on real life stories, rooted strongly in social research.
Our journey with Finding Joy started back in 2010, having performed one of our best-selling shows there, we approached Vamos about commissioning a new show about dementia as part of our Creative Ageing work. And from this grew the story about Joy. Finding Joy now forms part of an ambitious and multi-faceted two-year Arts Council England funded project to engage people living with dementia and their carers with high quality, innovative arts. The show 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. Approaching the subject with humour and humanity, our award-winning production is about family bonds, facing things together, and looking for the joy wherever it can be found.
The show will be celebrating the launch of it’s UK tour here at The Courtyard with a very special evening. We will have stall from local dementia services providers as well the chance to take part in a workshop- with our Creative Community Champions creating your own block printed masterpiece!