Fauve Alice

  • About Fauve

    Fauve Alice is a performance maker working in theatre and performance art. She joined Spare Tyre in 2014 and has since worked on The Garden, and created the performance Nights at the Circus exploring themes on sex and sexuality in collaboration with Spare Tyre Artists Ellie Mason and David Munns. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Fauve hosted an open meeting for carers as part of Pods of Solace, our contribution to The Albany's Festival of Radical Care, and has been a facilitator for Ghyama Arts! with Bangladeshi Parents and Carers Association.

Debbie Bandara

  • About Debbie

    Debbie started her dance career at the Royal Academy of Dance. She went onto further training and learnt different dance styles making her a versatile dancer and physical performer. Her repertoire is a collection of carefully mastered dance genres from Indian, hip-hop, contemporary, African, Dancehall to physical theatrical dance. She is CEO and Founder of Forest Tribe Theatre, while her background in Artificial Intelligence has always interested her in technology and electronic sounds, visuals and music.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Debbie wrote and performed a new piece, Reclaiming Our Statues about the deity Durga, the supreme goddess from whom all other goddesses emerge, for Statues for the Unforgotten.

    WATCH Reclaiming Our Statues. 

Bangladeshi Parents & Carers Association (BPCA)

  • About BPCA

    BPCA is a specialist voluntary organisation working with people with multiple disabilities.

    The charity started as a family led project in 1999  and went on to develop one of the largest Day Care centres in the voluntary sector in Tower Hamlets, a second centre in Newham as well as to launch a new home care programme.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    BPCA participants were co-creators and guest artists of We Will Be Happy Here, helping develop the production in Tower Hamlets in Summer 2021. We also worked with both the Tower Hamlets and Newham groups as part of Ghyama Arts! in collaboration with St Margaret's House. 

Yolande Bramble-Carter

  • About Yolande

    Yolande is a socially engaged theatre practitioner specialising in sensory, visual, and physical performance approaches. She has toured The Garden with Spare Tyre and facilitated the TogetherBlue Skies and My Voice My Words My Sound projects.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Yolande played Aurora in our multi-sensory installation We Will Be Happy Here in its summer premiere at Kedlestone Community Centre, and worked with participants from BPCA to help create the role.

    She was also one of the lead training facilitators for Tyre Change, our online sensory artist training programme.

Neelam Chhara

  • About Neelam

    Neelam was founder of the Decolonising Our Minds Society at SOAS and has worked as project coordinator, assistant producer and curator with Spare Tyre. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Neelam was started with Spare Tyre as Project Coordinator for Tyre Change, our inclusive artist training project. She went on to a variety of roles in our We Will Be Happy Here team, and curator of the Pods of Solace exhibition as part of The Albany's Festival of Radical Care. 

Guy Hoare

  • About Guy

    Guy has been designing lighting for dance, theatre and opera for 20 years; he has been based in London since 1998 as a freelance designer but creates work throughout the UK and internationally.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Guy was Lighting Designer for We Will Be Happy Here, facing the extra challenge of designing while the cast were self-isolating for a week! 

Sophie Holland

  • About Sophie

    Sophie is a dance artist and teacher based in South East London.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Sophie took part in Tyre Change, our inclusive artist training programme. She then joined our We Will Be Happy Here team as a performer for its Autumn tour, and was a workshop facilitator for Ghyama Arts! and Together.

Ellie Mason

  • About Ellie

    Ellie is a London based actor/performer. She has a physical disability, uses a wheelchair and has a mild learning disability. Ellie has performed in Spare Tyre productions for over 15 years including Pieces of OurselvesFeeble Minds, Ridiculous Recipes, Tempest and most recently, Nights at The Circus which premiered at New Diorama Theatre, toured to six London venues and enjoyed a two week run at Zoo Venues, Edinburgh Fringe 2019. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Ellie wrote and performed a new piece, Treat Us As One, for Statues for the Unforgotten, paying tribute to influential disabled performers Liz Carr and Samantha Renke.

    WATCH Treat Us As One.  

Helen Mugridge

  • About Helen

    Helen is an experienced production manager. Her previous credits include: RED, Likely Story (Wales Millennium Centre), Gaping Hole, Rachel Mars and Greg Wohead (Ovalhouse, London), Little Wimmin, Figs in Wigs (Pleasance, London and HOME, Manchester), Class, Scottee (Edinburgh, Canada and UK tour), Atomic 50 and an interactive installation for Waltham Forest Borough of Culture.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Helen was Production Manager for We Will Be Happy Here, getting the show up and running for its first run at Kedlestone Community Centre and subsequent tour.

Lisa Muten

  • About Lisa

    Lisa is a visual artist who has been working as an artist facilitator and tutor since 2008. She has worked with Spare Tyre on the Just Westminster Blue Skies and Spare Tyre Through Your Letterbox projects and was co-lead on the Together project at the Haynes Dementia Hub. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Lisa returned to run our first in-person Together workshops at Haynes Dementia Hub since the pandemic began, and worked on a new dementia collaboration providing telephone and postal experiences for people in Haringey who can't access day centres.

    She was a the lead training facilitator for Tyre Change, our online sensory artist training programme. She also contributed imagery for Statues for the Unforgotten and led artist training workshops as part of our summer digital residency at Ashcroft Arts Centre.

Jo Paul

  • About Jo

    Jo is an artist and scenographer for theatre and dance, with an MA in Scenography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Her art work has been exhibited UK-wide and her designs from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Royal Opera House. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Jo was Designer for We Will Be Happy Here, designing the set/ installation for the performers and participants to inhabit and being involved in the devising process and participatory workshops with BPCA.

    EXPLORE We Will Be Happy Here production photographs.

Dr Naomi Paxton

  • About Naomi

    Naomi is a performer, writer, broadcaster, and researcher. Currently employed as Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Naomi is also an Associate Fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    Naomi performs comedy, cabaret, magic and variety shows as her character Ada Campe. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Naomi paid tribute to 18th century waxworks exhibitor Mrs Salmon for Statues for the Unforgotten. WATCH Mrs Salmon.

    As Ada Campe, she also contributed a piece for performer, ventriloquist and magician Terri Rogers. WATCH For Terri Rogers.

Mary Price O'Connor

  • About Mary

    Mary Price-O’Connor‘s career is a varied mix of performing teaching and workshop leading.

    She is a violinist and pianist. As well as teaching Dalcroze Eurhythmics on the STP and Kindergarten, she teaches Dalcroze at Orchard House and Bassett House Preparatory Schools in West London. Since 2016, she has taught Dalcroze on Pro Corda’s Primary and Junior courses.

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Mary was a guest facilitator for our Tyre Change online sensory artist training programme.

Jasmine Shigemura Lee

  • About Jasmine

    Jasmine is an interdisciplinary artist who creates live art. I explore identity from a queer and mixed Japanese-Irish heritage perspective through the use of illusion, humour and transformation. She first collaborated with us as a performer in Nights At The Circus at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. Hear her talking to Angela Clerkin and Siobhan Noble on the Women Working Class podcast

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Jasmine took part in Tyre Change, our inclusive artist training programme. She then went on to create the role of Suki for We Will Be Happy Here for its premiere in Tower Hamlets, and subsequent tour to Kingston-upon-Thames and Hampshire. She was also a facilitator for Ghyama Arts! with Bangladeshi Parents & Carers Association at St Margaret's House. 

Alice Theobald

  • About Alice

    Alice is a visual artist that develops multifaceted installations which incorporate sculpture, music, performance and video and is also a member the Art-Rock trio Ravioli Me Away. Her work explores the spectrum of acting and performance present in our everyday lives and the essence of drama and reality when representing complex human themes such as love, mental health, freedom, memory and doubt. 

    With Spare Tyre in 2021

    Alice was Sound Designer for We Will Be Happy Here. This included composing the music and facilitating workshops with participants using technology, such as loop pedals, to bring their contributions into the show. 

Vici Wrefford-Sinnott

  • About Vici

    Vici Wreford-Sinnott is a disabled theatre and screen writer / director, an activist and equality strategist who is passionate about radical, multi-layered performance which brings a new aesthetic, unseen narratives and engages and excites audiences in new ways. She creates leading disabled protagonists to challenge age old stereotypes and out-dated cliches and tropes around disability. Vici is founder Artistic Director of Little Cog, a disabled-led theatre company, based in the North East of England.

    For Spare Tyre in 2021

    Vici wrote and performed a new piece, A Site Of Suitable Scale, for Statues for the Unforgotten.

    WATCH A Site Of Suitable Scale. It references hidden and unmarked lives and deaths of disabled people but also celebrates the Civil Rights Movement of Disabled people in the UK which has fought to bring about social, political, cultural, and personal change for disabled people.