Award-winning theatre company collaborates with palliative care patients and staff on new, wordless production about living and dying.
Worcester-based Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, tours its new production, Dead Good, across the UK in early 2020, previewing at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 23/24 Jan, before its official UK premiere at Jackson’s Lane, London as part of London International Mime Festival (30 Jan-2 Feb).
The tour will include 23 venues, travelling as far north as Inverness, south to Canterbury and across the UK from Norwich to Taunton, taking in venues large and small.
Funny and poignant in equal measure, Dead Good brings together some of the UK’s leading mask actors to tell the story of Bob and Bernard, who have only two things in common – they’re both dying, and they’re not going down without a fight. So, with a bottle of Bollinger and the keys to Bernard’s Bentley in hand, they decide to hit the road, and take on one final, death-defying adventure.
But when time really does start to run out, can Bob and Bernard accept the inevitable? Can their growing friendship make the difference? And by seeing the end in sight, can they truly value living?
The production, which has no spoken word, features an original music score, film projection, a multifaceted set design, and characterful new masks especially made for the show by Russell Dean of Strangeface.
The cast for Dead Good includes international clown performer, Aron De Casmaker, from Canada. Based in the UK he is best known for his work as principal clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria and Slava’s Snow Show; Winchester born James Greaves is one of the UK’s most experienced mask actors and a veteran of full mask pioneers, Trestle Theatre; London-born Angela Laverick and Gloucester-born Joshua Patel have both worked previously with Vamos Theatre, including tours of two acclaimed productions, The Best Thing and A Brave Face.
Vamos Theatre has gained a strong reputation over its thirteen-year history for its ground-breaking and thought-provoking work, and its willingness to tackle ‘difficult’ issues. Dead Good is no exception, asking questions about end of life, living well and dying well. The show is an exploration of death but, most importantly, a celebration of life – and an opportunity to get people talking and thinking about the ultimate shared experience.
Audiences who want to ask questions, or who would like practical or emotional advice and support after the show, will be able to chat with charities at most venues, including Marie Curie and End of Life Doulas via Living Well, Dying Well.
Dead Good is a co-production with Corn Exchange Newbury and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival, made with support from The Leche Trust and Worcestershire County Council. It is suitable for audiences 12 years and upwards.
For full tour details and to book tickets visit: www.vamostheatre.co.uk/shows/show/dead-good