University to Host Critically-Acclaimed Dementia Production

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The University of Worcester will host a critically-acclaimed show which portrays a family’s fight against dementia later this month.

The Vamos Theatre Company will bring their show, ‘Finding Joy’ to the University’s St John’s Campus for a one-off performance on Thursday March 27.

The mask theatre production, which tells the tale of an elderly lady living with dementia and her grandson carer, has already proved popular on its nationwide tour, having played to full venues during the London International Mime Festival last month.

The Guardian described the show as a ‘vivid world without voice and words’ and ‘a heartfelt production that is both funny and touching in turn’.

The University is home to the internationally-recognised Association for Dementia Studies, regarded as a centre of excellence for training, education and research in dementia studies.

The Association’s Head, Professor Dawn Brooker, says of the production: “I have now seen Finding Joy three times and it is both hugely enjoyable and moving.

“Dementia is an emotive subject, as it is associated with loss and grief, but the marvellous thing about Finding Joy is that it reminds us that joy is there for the finding in the ordinary and the unexpected if we open our hearts wide enough to experience it.”

Steve Boffy, University of Worcester Arts Consultant, adds: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome the Vamos Theatre Company to the University, for a production that is not just innovative and entertaining, but is incredibly relevant in modern society and ties in well with the University’s ground-breaking work in the field of dementia research.”

The performance will take place at the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus at 7.30pm on Thursday March 27. Tickets are available from the University Arena Box Office, and are priced at £8, and £6 for concessions. A family ticket – two adults, two children – costs £24.

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