Vamos Theatre is Britain’s most popular mask theatre company and a regular participant at LIMF in recent years. The festival is delighted to have co-commissioned its latest production, Love Through Double Glazing, written and performed by Cirque du Soleil clown Sean Kempton, Artistic Director Rachael Savage and Norah, the fluffy little white dog.
Developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the show has been created especially for care homes, hospices, day centres and other settings where visiting is restricted. With a running time of 35 minutes and staged entirely outside (with windows closed), it’s viewed by residents from the inside where it’s warm, cosy and, most importantly, safe.
Funny, cheeky and unashamedly silly, Love Through Double Glazing brings memorable, larger-than-life characters, clowning, music, food fights, bubbles, ballet and even a real-life dog, creating ultimate armchair enjoyment – all from the safety of your window seat.
Through a succession of brilliantly observed hit shows, full-mask maestros Vamos Theatre has tackled important contemporary social issues including dementia, end of life, military post-traumatic stress disorder, all with great wit and humanity. Early performances of the new show have already proved a great success:
“It was a riot of fun and laughter, but most importantly, love. The show generated so much interaction and comment it brought back a sense of normality to us all” Richard White, Director, Stanfield Care Home, Worcester
“I haven’t laughed so much for ages” Harry, 91, Rushwick Care Home
“He’s a cheeky young man, but if I were younger he would not know what had hit him” Sheila, 86, Rushwick Care Home
“I liked the old lady with the dog and the bubbles and I enjoyed the cake” Bill, Arden Care Home
The 2020 development and pilot of Love Through Double Glazing has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England, with additional support from Creative Scotland, Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Richard Cadbury Charitable Trust, Glencora Fund and through Divisional Funds from Worcestershire and Warwickshire County Councils.