A Brave Face

Vamos Theatre

1 Feb 3 Feb

A Brave Face

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"Dear Mum, things are a bit tough right now. But don’t worry – I’m ok. I’ll tell you about it when I get back."

Afghanistan: 2009. Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister…

Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular tour of duty Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

Vamos is Britain’s leading mask theatre company, admired for its physical storytelling skills and for tackling challenging subjects with compassion, humour and deep emotional insight.

Created from two years of research with former and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress in the military, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war. Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.


There will be a post-show discussion after the matinee performance on Sat 3 Feb.

Age Guidance: 12+
Duration: 1h 15m, no interval
Show Info: This performance deals with adult themes.
Latecomers: We are unable to admit latecomers to this performance; please allow ample time to arrive and collect your tickets.

Co-production between Vamos Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester
Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival
Supported by Jyvaskyla Festival, Finland

Part of London International Mime Festival 2018.

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