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Saying goodbye with one final adventure
Vamos Theatre's critically acclaimed full mask show Dead Good embarks on a new tour in February and March playing venues including Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, Worcester Swan Theatre and the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton.

The show, which played to sell-out audiences in early 2020, tells the story of Bob and Bernard who become friends at a hospice group and decide to hit the road together on a final, death-defying adventure.

Vamos Theatre Company Dead Good
Dead Good

Highlighting the value of friendship and the importance of living every day to the full, the show was written and directed by Rachael Savage, artistic director of Worcester-based Vamos Theatre. She said: "This show is a celebration of what everyone has been missing since the pandemic – being with friends, really making connections and caring for each other, but it also focuses on how these aspects of humanity make a crucial difference when someone is at the end of their lives."

In her research for Dead Good, Rachael met patients and health professionals working in end of life care. "I could not have written this show without the input of so many generous and wise people, and in particular, the support of two brilliant men, Dave and Nick, both terminally ill, who shared their most intimate and precious feelings and experiences. Expect another Vamos Theatre rollercoaster and for your preconceptions to be smashed."

The production has no spoken word, instead using mime and masks especially made for the show by Russell Dean of Strangeface. Dead Good is accessible for deaf and hard of hearing people without a signer.

Vamos Theatre Company Dead Good
Vamos Theatre Company

At Birmingham's MAC, the show will be supported by BrumYODO, a Birmingham-based community interest company that organises and promotes artistic and cultural events to encourage open and honest conversation about death and dying. BrumYODO members will be organising a free pre-show Death Café at MAC on February 8 and participating in a post-show panel discussion on February 9.

Dead Good
plays the Swan Theatre in Worcester on Feb 3-4, MAC Birmingham on Feb 8-9 and the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton on March 5. For full tour details and to book tickets for the show click on and to register for the BrumYODO Death Café click

For a full interview with Rachael Savage see

And for a 2020 review of the show see
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Why? Full mask theatre show highlights the importance of friendship
When: Tour is 3 Feb to 5 March 2021
Where: On tour
Cost: Various
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