Theatre company brings moving dementia drama to Assembly Rooms

Friday, 25th April 2014

One of the most innovative and exciting full-mask mime companies currently touring is visiting Tamworth Assembly Rooms next week with its latest production Finding Joy, after sell-out performances at the London International Mime Festival.

Finding Joy, based on a true story, is a play without words, inspired by one family’s remarkable and unconventional experience of dementia. Joy Wilson is a funny and gentle 80-something and her grandson Danny a teenager who’s going off the rails. When Joy starts to find it hard to remember things, Danny decides he will care for her. Together, they discover a shared playfulness and a mutual affection. But will that be enough to take on the challenges ahead?

Finding Joy is about a young man who discovers extraordinary caring instincts, and the joyous, playful and accepting relationship he develops with his grandma. While dementia is a tough, often heart-breaking condition, this production encourages people to remember the person beyond the dementia, and shows how positive caring can make a world of difference to everyone facing it.

The production comes to Tamworth Assembly Rooms for two performances next week on Thursday May 1 and Friday May 2, as part of the company’s 56-date national tour. It is suitable for audiences of 12 and above.

Tickets for Finding Joy are priced at £12, £10 for concessions and £8 for schools. They are available online at, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618.