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Finding Joy

  • Tue 26th Sep - 2:00pm
  • 70 minutes (No interval)
  • £10 / £8 concs / £6 carers and Dementia Friends (+ £1.20 per transaction when tickets are posted)


The funny and fearless sell-out mask production from the UK’s leading full mask company. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll find joy!

Joy is 83 today: she’s feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead?

Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy has performed to audiences across Europe and the UK, including a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries with its wordless theatre.

Finding Joy is accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike. It is supported by Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council, and was developed in association with The Hereford Courtyard, with inspiration from movement-play specialists JABADAO. 

Suitable for ages 12+


"[Finding Joy] brilliantly conveys a sense of how frightening the world seems through Joy’s eyes ... the storytelling is excellent” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Finding Joy can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful” Barbara Maxwell, What’s On Stage

“Told with no words, just a beautiful soundtrack echoing different periods of Joy’s life, the magic of this production is the incredible storytelling through mime alone” Rhiannon Lawson, The Public Reviews

“Quite simply, a triumph.” Dan English, InQuire

“A genuinely original, beautiful piece of work ” Duncan Hall, The Brighton Argus (2014 ARGUS ANGEL WINNER)

Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

The Playhouse is a member of the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance, committed to making our venue a welcoming and supportive environment for people living with dementia. For more information on how we and other local businesses are working towards making Norwich a Dementia Friendly City please get in touch or click here to visit the DAA's website.

Dementia Friend Information Session

Thursday 31 August 4pm - open to all*

An opportunity to learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities, run by our Dementia Champion supported by the Alzheimer's Society. The session, lasting around an hour, is free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please click here (you will be directed to the Dementia Friends website and asked to register).
*Under 18s must be accompanied

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