This October sees the premiere of Love Unspoken from Spare Tyre, producers of The Garden. The final production in a trilogy conceived and directed by Arti Prashar (Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University and Winston Churchill Fellow in Dementia, Ageing and Spirituality), developed in collaboration with people living with dementias and their carers from South Asian communities. Arti has worked extensively with Havering Asian Social Welfare Association (HASWA) to develop this new piece aiming to challenge the stigma for those living with dementia and their carers.

Following the success of 2017’s The Garden, which played to much acclaim at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and toured to several care homes around London and Essex, Love Unspoken is a visually stunning, dynamic piece. Pushing the boundaries of theatre, the show explores love and the journeys it takes. The show navigates love stories and poetry through dance, movement, sound and light, punctuated by moments of lucidity.

“A multi-sensory depiction of the seasons, the performance uses digital projection, music and non-verbal communication to connect with individuals whose powers of self-expression have been affected by their condition.” The Stage on The Garden, 2017

The piece will be designed by Magdalena Rubalcalva, with sound design by Tayo Akinbode, who also performs in the production. Paul Falconer, Head of Sound at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the sound engineer, and Stephen Pemble, Head of Lighting at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is the lighting designer.

Spare Tyre is a participatory theatre company working to engage with those least involved in the arts.

Havering Asian Social Welfare Association (HASWA) exists to improve the wellbeing of Asians and the wider community in Havering, by tackling isolation, connecting people and services, promoting mental and physical well-being, personal development and creating a sense of belonging through raising cultural awareness.

Love Unspoken runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 2 – 5 October. Tickets are £10 (plus 65p QNew Transformation fee), bookers are entitled to a free carer’s ticket per person, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or by clicking here.

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