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Finding Joy – mac, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joy is 83. She loves to dance, has a wicked sense of humour, knows what she wants … and is suffering from dementia. Her daughter is struggling to care for her. Danny, Joy’s grandson, a typical teen, hangs around street corners with his mates, watches the football and enjoys the occasional spliff. Then one ...

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A Brave Face – CAST, Doncaster

Writer / Director: Rachael Savage Music: Janie Armour Choreographer: Rachael Alexander Reviewer: Janet Jepson The United Kingdom has been famous throughout the centuries for its exemplary armed services, defending both the shores of our tiny islands and the wider Commonwealth lands. We take our armed troops somewhat for granted, they have always been there and will be prepared to defend ...

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The Best Thing – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer and Director: Rachel Savage Reviewer : Joan Phillips The Best Thing is a reminder that you can only be so nostalgic about ‘the 60s’. The exciting and explosive changes in fashion and pop music are well documented, but changes in society’s behaviours, codes and taboos drag behind. Writer and director Rachel Savage reminds us of what happened, on so ...

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The Best Thing – Barnsley Civic

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer / Director: Rachael Savage Music: Janie Armour Reviewer: Ray Taylor Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading full mask Theatre Company, a type of theatre that can be compared to Japanese Noh. Here, they present their latest production, a bittersweet story of teenage pregnancy and its aftermath. Rachael Savage’s original inspiration for the story came from an article in a ...

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The Best Thing – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Michael Gray   Masks are a very ancient theatrical tradition. Today, that tradition is kept alive by Vamos “the UK's leading full mask theatre company”. This bittersweet tale of the permissive society, social stigma and a love-child lost is brilliantly brought to life by four performers and many more masks. The scenery – designer Carl Davies ...

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The Best Thing – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Composer: Janie Armour Reviewer: Dan English   It is a visit back to the swinging sixties for the Marlowe Studio in Canterbury as Vamos Theatre bring their heartbreaking new production, The Best Thing. The talented masked company, directed by Rachael Savage, tell the story of Susan, who is caught up in the free love spirit ...

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The Best Thing – mac, Birmingham

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer: Rachael Savage Music: Janie Armour Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Gemma Corden   This bittersweet production from Vamos, the UK's leading full mask theatre company, brings to life an uncomfortable chapter of British social history with surprising depth and tenderness. It is 1968 and teenager Susan has her whole life ahead of her. But when Susan becomes pregnant, father Bill ...

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Nursing Lives – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Rachael Savage Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Dan English   Thereis an emotional powerhouse of a production in town as Vamos Theatre returns to Canterbury’s Marlowe Studio this week with their latest touring production, Cementing their status as the UK’s leading masked theatre company, Vamos Theatre leave the audience emotionally drained during this 90-minute piece. Nursing Lives tells the story ...

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