"Take risk away, and what’s left?"

In a climate that thrives on box-ticking, risk-assessing and safeguarding, we desperately try to create a ‘safe’ environment. But have we stopped listening to those we are trying to protect?

Safe follows a theatre company as they attempt to stage a play. An interruption by a Health & Safety Officer sets off a spiral into absurdity.

Safe is an exasperatingly funny satire from Eastenders writer Pete Lawson, and performed by the Spare Tyre Artists.

 ‘Safe brings serious concerns to life with an authentic voice’ Audience member

Safe marks the launch of Spare Tyre’s 40th birthday celebrations


Also, join our masterclass!
Masterclass: Participatory Arts Practice with Older People and Adults with Learning Disabilities
Saturday 18 March, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Led by Spare Tyre’s Artistic Director Arti Prashar, this masterclass will explore approaches to participatory arts practice with older people and adults with learning disabilities. Suitable for anyone interested in or already working with these groups. £55 (maximum 16 people)

Any workshop participants are also able to take advantage of a complimentary ticket for the evening performance on the 18th. To arrange please call the box office 0207 383 9034.


Approx running time of SAFE: 50 minutes. 

Spare Tyre are a New Diorama Associate Ensemble. This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.



Spare Tyre is one of the UK's leading participatory arts charities, with nearly 40 years experience of producing bold and powerful theatre with voiceless communities. We use innovative performing and digital arts to challenge prejudice and transform lives, enabling unheard stories to be shared. We currently work with people aged 60+, adults with learning disabilities, economically disadvantaged communities, women who've experienced violence, and people with dementia and carers. We empower participants and artists to have ownership of the creative process enabling personal and political fulfilment and overall wellbeing. Equality, accessibility and diversity are at the heart of everything we do.

Writer Pete Lawson co-founded The Steam Factory and became the Arts Council Writer in Residence for Gay Sweatshop. He has been a core writer on Eastenders since 2008. He has written plays for BBC Radio 4, and various episodes for television.  His series, Being April, topped the ratings, on primetime BBC1 in 2002.  In 2004 he won a Royal Television Society Award for his television play Drive on BBC1.

Director Arti Prashar has been Spare Tyre's Artistic Director/CEO since 2006. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow and co-Chair of What Next? Wandsworth. She has served as a Board Member for ITC, and as Chair of the Board for Oily Cart Theatre Company and the London Hub. In all her roles, she advocates for diversity, accessibility and inclusion. Arti started her theatre life as a member of Tara Arts’ community theatre group and later switched to project co-ordinating and directing. Credits include work with Tara Arts, Theatre Foundry, Bolton Octagon, Derby Playhouse, Artswork, and Half Moon YPT. As a storyteller she has delighted audiences across Europe with her eastern flavoured stories sprinkled with contemporary issues.


“This is an impressive, imaginative work, that requires creative and compassionate skills. Spare Tyre deliver on both.” Arts Council England on The House