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Full mask maestros Vamos Theatre bring their anarchistic new production Dead Good to Theatre by the Lake

Dead Good. Photo by Graeme Braidwood

Theatre by the Lake are thrilled to be welcoming Vamos Theatre to their Main House stage for the first time on Wed 18 March with their brand new production: Dead Good.

Vamos Theatre has gained a strong reputation over its thirteen-year history for groundbreaking and thought-provoking work and its willingness to tackle ‘difficult’ issues. Dead Good is no exception, asking questions about end of life, living well and dying well. The show is an exploration of death but, most importantly, a celebration of life – and an opportunity to get people talking and thinking about the ultimate shared experience.

Artistic Director, Rachael Savage, has been at the forefront of the research and writing of the show, which has seen her meeting palliative care patients and health professionals who work in end of life care. She comments that, “writing Dead Good has deepened my value of life, made me think about planning for a good death and I’ve laughed ten times more than cried. Expect another Vamos Theatre rollercoaster and for your preconceptions to be smashed.”

Whilst the subject matter may sound heavy, Vamos are the masters of taking a complex subject and turning it into a funny, entertaining and poignant experience with their truly unique and off-the-wall style Dead Good brings together some of the UK’s leading mask actors, featuring international clown performer Aron De Casmaker to tell the story of Bob and Bernard, who have only two things in common – they’re both dying, and they’re not going down without a fight. So, with a bottle of Bollinger and the keys to Bernard’s Bentley in hand, they decide to hit the road, and take on one final, death-defying adventure.

The production, which has no spoken word (making it accessible to d/Deaf audiences without a signer), features an original music score, film projection, a multifaceted set design, and characterful new masks especially made for the show by Russell Dean of the award-winning Strangeface Theatre Company.

Audiences who want to ask questions, or who would like practical or emotional advice and support after the show, will be able to chat with charities at most venues, including Marie Curie and End of Life Doulas via Living Well, Dying Well.

To find out more about Dead Good visit or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.

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