Love Unspoken is the final in a trilogy conceived and directed by our Artistic Director Arti Prashar, developed in collaboration with people living with dementias from South Asian communities.
Love Unspoken is the final show in our trilogy of dementia performances. This piece will engage with people living with dementias and their carers from the South Asian diaspora in the UK inviting them to co-create and perform alongside professional performers. The show explores the theme of love in its many forms and includes ritual, dance and sound respecting those participating and treating them as an equal partner in the live theatre experience.
Audiences enter into a ritualised space, items of clothing from those who have passed are laid out, scattered rose petals, water, salt – cherished items, evocative smells and moments remembered imbue the space with personal yet universal meaning, where grief is exposed but life and love is celebrated.
Each piece of work in this series has developed as a result of learnings from the former show in the trilogy; Once Upon a Time and The Garden. We have observed that the need for dementia arts in South Asian communities are not being met, so for this show we are working specifically with that group.
Love Unspoken is a Spare Tyre production supported by The Mercers' Charitable Foundation and made in association with Queens Theatre Hornchurch, where the show premiered in October 2019.
Director and performer Arti Prashar
Dancer Kali Chandrasegaram
Musician Paul Johnson
Designer Magdalen Rubalcalva
Sound designer Tayo Akinbode
Dramaturg Struan Leslie