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A Brave Face

8 Feb - 9 Feb
  • Approx 1 hr 20 mins (no interval)
  • £24 - £12
Brave Face - picture of a soldier and a girl wearing Vamos style masks

“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.

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.

Created from two years of research with ex 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. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

Vamos Theatre presents a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival, produced with support from Jyväskylä Festival, Finland.

Mercury Main Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT, Essex, UK

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury's main 499-seater auditorium, with parking nearby at St. Mary's multi-storey car park!

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"This production will not disappoint its enthusiasts and will charm newcomers… hugely rewarding"
— The Stage
"The mask work is terrific… the storytelling is always wonderfully economical too… We may have heard this story before, but Vamos make it seem fresh and necessary all over again"
— The Guardian
"Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!"
— Plays to See
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