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Age: 14+

Running time: 60 mins

BSL interpreted performance

*This event can be attended in person or watched online. Book to attend in person using the booking button on this page, or book here to watch online*

WE ARE NORTHERN is a conversation. Or rather, a full life-time of conversations that have come together in one hour-long performance.

Everyone is labelled in their life, with one thing or another, and there are a host of labels that come along with the title of NORTHERN. Over the past few years, Lizzie Lovejoy has been breaking down the pieces that make up Northern identity, and the contradiction in all those parts.

WE ARE NORTHERN is a series of spoken word works pulled together, a string of thoughts, stories and histories. It celebrates the beauty of our landscape, industry and of the people living here. It acknowledges the pain and fight that can come along side all of it. And it shouts back at assumptions about who we are.

WE ARE NORTHERN is the story of a region united by something intangible. But more than anything, it’s a conversation about what makes us who we are.

We are more than. WE. ARE. NORTHERN.

About Lizzie Lovejoy

Lizzie is an artist and writer whose work focuses on community, heritage and cultural identity. In 2021, they were shortlisted at the prestigious Journal Culture Awards for Newcomer of the Year, shortlisted for Artist of the Year with Place First and was listed as one of the #North30 Under 30 by CommonSenseNetwork. They are always working on the next Northern focused project.

Lizzie has developed illustrations, animations, exhibitions, poetry, and spoken word works for a range of projects, venues, clients and organisations; from Curious Arts and ChangingRelations, to Pilot Theatre and Durham University (as Artist in Residence).

As ARC’s Artist of Change, Lizzie presented six exhibitions, produced podcasts, created art with and for the community, and published a booklet featuring highlights of this work. This exploration is the foundation of the performance WE ARE NORTHERN, coming to ARC in June 2022.

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  • Information about BSL interpreted performances

    A number of our theatre performances are BSL interpreted and we are increasingly asking artists to factor this in when planning their work. If you let us know you are a BSL user when booking tickets, we can ensure that we find the most suitable seats to give you a good view of the BSL interpreter.