An interactive, multisensory, non-verbal performance.

I felt positively overwhelmed by the levels of engagement, joy and imagination experienced by myself and residents.

Margaret Stewart, Creative Learning Team, Aberdeen Council

The Garden was originally developed for people with dementia; in 2018 Spare Tyre have adapted the piece for learning disabled people. The piece will be touring the UK in Autumn 2018. 

The one-hour piece is performed to a seated audience of approximately 10 learning disabled people wand their carers.

The three performers use an interactive, multi-sensory, non-verbal approach to take the audience on a journey through the seasons. 

Projection is used extensively – on huge and tiny scales. Live and recorded music plays throughout. 

People are given things to smell, touch and taste, and are welcomed into a relaxing space where they can enjoy themselves. People are made to feel confident responding to the performance in their own way.
Carers enjoy sharing relaxed moments with the people they care for, and are inspired to refresh the way they interact with them.  

This show can be enjoyed by:

  • Learning disabled people with moderate to complex needs
  • People who have had a stroke or brain injury
  • Carers (professional and family carers)
  • Carers or people with these disabilities for whom English is a second language

To book a visit, please contact:

Gemma Williams
020 8692 4446 (ext 273)

Photo of a participant during "The Garden" performance
Watch a short film of The Garden (audience with dementia)