Invisible Women: A Mini Festival

Spare Tyre returns with a provocative programme from a range of overlooked women artists and communities.

Bodies, babies, assisted dying, courage, politics, and overcoming challenges are explored through dance, visual art and theatre. 

During our 40th year, this programme celebrates Spare Tyre’s roots in the feminist movement of the 1970s, revealing the hidden stories of the women artists and communities we work with. 





Monday 19 February @ 17:00

Play. Connect. Create.

Thinking Space is a safe space offered by Spare Tyre for artists to get together and think about your newest creative projects and ideas… And play with them!

Come ready to share your thoughts and worries about your work in an informal, intimate workshop setting, and to scratch short segments if that feels right. We’ll provide the drinks and snacks. 

This event is free, but please book a ticket to secure a place. 



Wednesday 21 & Friday 23 February @ 19:30
Friday 23 February @ 14:30 
Saturday 24 February @ 20:30

Presented by SilverSage and Spare Tyre

A new play exploring the moral complexities of the personal choice of assisted dying.

The compelling and thought-provoking story of a woman drawn into assisting the suicide of an elderly lady she cared for – leading to her being tried for murder. Based on true events in Camden in the 1980s, this story of a woman’s journey and the promise she made has been pieced together from meticulous background research.

A difficult and controversial subject, touching on universal topics: collusion, helplessness and isolation – important locally, but also socially and politically, the story serves as a springboard toward a debate.



Thursday 22 & Saturday 24 February @ 19:30

Presented by Maria Ghoumrassi in association with Spare Tyre

A dance piece exploring women’s identity and what it means to be, or not to be, a mother. 

‘My maternal grandmother had 20 children… My mother lost three babies. How did they cope in these circumstances? Were they bound together by their experiences, or torn apart?’

 A Tree Without Leaves began as a danced response to stories that come from Maria’s family. 
This solo piece uses dance, drawing and singing to test the meaning of womanhood in contemporary society. The title of this work-in-progress comes from a Chadian proverb ‘A tree without leaves is like a woman without children’.



Thursday 22 February @ 17:30 

Listen to the author read excerpts from her novel The Truthteller's Tale. Pauline has worked with Spare Tyre for several years, and we're delighted to host her reading as part of the Invisible Women Festival. 

About the novel 

Mixed-race couple Claudette and Alec’s idyllic life is shattered when the far-right New Britain Party wins the 2022 General Election and immigrants are classified as non-citizens.  Newly-pregnant Claudette is interned in the government’s flagship Community Housing Project, while Alec infiltrates the government and attempts to bring down the oppressive regime from within.

About the author

Pauline Walker’s short story The Wait won the top fiction prize at the Creative Future Literary Awards in 2017. The Wait is published in the anthology Important Nothings which also features work from Kit de Waal and Sabrina Mahfouz. 

This event is free, but please book a ticket to secure a place. 


This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies fund and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Spare Tyre is a leading participatory arts charity based in London. They’ve spent the last 40 years producing bold and powerful theatre with voiceless communities and individuals that inspires and challenges us all. Spare Tyre currently works creatively with:

adults with learning disabilities
people aged 60+
people with dementia
women who've experienced violence
economically disadvantaged communities.

Spare Tyre are an Associate Ensemble of New Diorama Theatre. / @spare_tyre



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