Sharing Joy

We're excited to work with Vamos Theatre as they bring Sharing Joy, a show specifically for people living with dementia, to care homes this summer.

Set in the 1940s and 1950s, the performance is a celebration of life and all its joys, using music, dance, nostalgia, masks, puppetry and laughter to bring pleasure and meaning to everyone involved.

Vamos created Sharing Joy in 2014 as part of a growing body of work relating to dementia. With the help of a major Arts Council England funding award, the company was able to include the show in a wider project, raising awareness about the positive impact the arts can have on dementia care.

Now in its fourth year of touring, Sharing Joy is a playful and joyous show that emphasises the importance of making honest connections, and encourages everyone to take part and to express themselves. Feedback from audiences, venues and care homes has been continually positive, which the company see as evidence of the real impact that the arts can have on those who live with dementia.

Over two days this summer Vamos Theatre will bring Sharing Joy to care homes in and around Newbury including Gracewell of Newbury, Birtchwood Home, Thatcham Court and Winchcombe Place. 

Later this year, on Wednesday 31 October, Vamos theatre will return to our stage with their internationally renowned production of Finding Joy

You can find out more about Vamos' work here. Find out more about our Ageing Creatively programme here.

  • “That's the kind of thing we need. I could dance all night.”
    June - previous participant
  • “I love the music, getting out of the room, out of the ordinary. Just fantastic.”
    Faye - previous participant
  • “It was amazing and so, so beautiful! Simply magical. ”
    Jess - previous participant

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