Review: Finding Joy at mac birmingham

by Dave Massey

Finding Joy at mac Birmingham

Finding Joy is a play about dementia and its impact on the people it affects and those that look after them. This charming play from Vamos Theatre is at mac Birmingham for two performances before continuing across the UK in October and November including some performances in Germany. And the reason it can be performed in other European countries easily? There’s no dialogue.

Instead of dialogue the story is told with music and mime with the main actors all wearing full face masks and wigs to represent their characters.

Finding Joy
Finding Joy

Danny (James Greaves) is worried about his grandmother Joy (Bidi Iredale) , she’s losing her memory and one day when he’s hanging out with his mate Billy (Sarah Nelson) he spots his grandmother wearing a slipper on one foot and plastic bag on the other. The cast is rounded out by Louise Mellor. After Joy has a fall, we begin to see stories from her past told through the other actors.

This is a beautiful production, the black set has a  single white wall with lots of doors and panels in it, plus a box which doubles as a bed and a sofa.

The music adds to the flashbacks, as we see moments from Joy’s childhood during World War Two, working in a sewing shop and meeting her husband.

I found the performance really warming and thoughtful, I’d suggest it to anyone who is looking for an interesting piece of performance drama.

Find out more about Vamos Theatre on their website here:

This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to see Finding Joy by M Seven PR.