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Luca Rutherford

Luca Rutherford is a writer and performer based in Newcastle, who believes in making art accessible and theatre that is non-exclusive in form and content. In 2014 she created her first solo show, Learning How to Die, directed by Iain Bloomfield with script advice from Chris Thorpe, which went on to tour nationally in 2016.

She started making theatre through North14 professional development scheme at Northern Stage and was one eighth of Camisado Club, the associate company of Northern Stage, until autumn 2015. She has also written for classical pianist Yoshie Kawamura, making On The Edge of Piano Poetry for Books on Tyne Festival at The Lit & Phil (November 2014).

Luca is currently developing two new shows. One is for adults, in collaboration with director Matthew Monaghan, which is about how we relate to each other as humans, in the context of some people having mental health problems. The other is a show for children, which explores courage and acceptance, advocating for being braver than we are scared and discovering things for ourselves. The show riles against visible and invisible borders.

I approached ARC with an idea for a show. I had very little experience, had never made a solo show before and had never written anything of my own and seen it through to completion. ARC supported me because they liked my idea not because I had the right training or a fancy name behind me. To me, ARC is a venue truly invested in people. ARC makes things happen by supporting artists and the public to engage with their surroundings by interrogating their intention and ensuring that what happens is relevant. Relevance is accessible. For me, ARC supports work and artists that want to make art that has a reason, without making the process exclusive.

Follow Luca on Twitter @Lucarutherford