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A Brave Face

Vamos Theatre

Tue 23 April 7.30pm
Drama / Physical Theatre
Theatre Royal Winchester
Tickets £19
Friends £17
U26s £14
Schools/Groups (8+) £10
no hidden fees*

His hardest battle is the one back home.

“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 hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And then, when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

Created from two years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. 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, taking on challenging themes with poignancy, humour and humanity.

A Brave Face is suitable for audiences aged 12 years up and accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike.

Includes post-show chat

“This production pulls punch after punch after punch. It’s essential theatre…and it makes a difference. It’s not to be missed, under any circumstances.”
BBC Radio Shropshire ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“A tender, powerful piece about Post Traumatic Stress…perfect in its sensitivity…not to be missed.” ★ ★ ★ ★

Visual Story
A visual guide to A Brave Face for audience members on the autistic spectrum, or those with sensory or communication disorders or learning disabilities. It introduces the characters and story of A Brave Face.
Download Visual Story [PDF | 1MB]

Trigger and Safety Sheet
The Trigger and Safety Sheet, for veterans and service personnel, pre-warns audience members about show content and themes, helping to minimise potential triggers for those living with Post Traumatic Stress.

Warning: this document contains show spoilers
Download Trigger and Safety Sheet [PDF | 661KB]

BSL Show Trailer at

Vamos Theatre are funded and supported by Arts Council England, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, London International Mime Festival, Worcestershire County Council, Worcestershire Arts Partnership, The Elmley Foundation.

Recommended Age: 12+
Running Time: 75mins (no interval)

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