A Brave Face

A Brave Face

Thu 21 - Fri 22 February 2019

Spring 2019 | Mask
His hardest battle is the one back home.

Afghanistan: 2009.

Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training's complete, combat is a buzz. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, Vamos continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries, taking on challenging themes with poignancy, humour and humanity.

Suitable for aged 12 years up and accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike.


“Vamos is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most innovative, exciting full-mask mime companies currently touring. Finding Joy will only enhance its reputation… An immensely affirmative joie de vivre... Catch it while you can”
The Stage (Finding Joy)

“The mask work is terrific... the storytelling is always wonderfully economical…We may have heard this story before, but Vamos make it seem fresh and necessary all over again.”
Lyn Gardner: The Guardian (The Best Thing)

“Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!”
Plays to See (Finding Joy)

“This is yet another stunning show from Vamos. For some years I’ve been describing them as the leading mask/mime theatre company in the country. Now I find myself having to call them one of the leading theatre companies in the country”
Chris Eldon Lee: BBC Radio Shropshire (The Best Thing)

★★★★ “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 that will leave you as speechless as the actors.”
Liam Blain: British Theatre Guide (Finding Joy)


To come

Cast & Creative

James Greaves       
Joanna Holden
Sean Kempton        
Angela Laverick      
Rayo Patel


Writer/Director: Rachael Savage
Composer/Sound Editor: Janie Armour
Advisors: Ray Anderton, Diane Palmer, The Ripple Pond, Matthew Green
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask/Puppet Maker: Russell Dean
Lighting Designer: Matt Clutterham
Choreographer: Rachael Alexander
Film Maker: Mark Parry
Script Consultant: Janie Armour
Technician: Laura Sprake
Print design: alienpen
Set Builders: The Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Costume Supervisor/maker: Hannah Marshall
Wig Dresser: Alison Barlow


show details

Dates: Thu 21 - Fri 22 Feb
Times: 7:30pm 
Running time: 75m, no interval
Prices:  £14.50 / £12.50
Charges: £1.50 postage

Venue: Unity One

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