Luca Rutherford’s Political Party in Cambridge


Following her sell out debut show Learning How To Die, Luca Rutherford brings Luca Rutherford’s Political Party out on a UK tour including dates at The Albany (14-15 February), Northern Stage (19 February), Derby Theatre (22 February), Hull Truck Theatre (26 February) and Cambridge Junction (13 February).

Directed by Alex Swift (How To Win Against History) Luca Rutherford’s Political Party is an ARC Stockton Production co-commissioned by the Albany, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage and Unity Theatre.

Do you ever get confused or overwhelmed by politics? Do you ever feel like the only way to make a difference is to change everything? Do you ever think that if you can’t change everything right now there’s no point trying? Luca reached a point where thinking about politics made her want to lie down on the pavement and not get up. Instead of doing this she is throwing a party. A political party. There will be drinks, dancing and eggs! No experts. No big words. This is a show about getting messy with the messiness of politics.

Playwright, theatre director, performer and former Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre, Chris Goode said about the show, “Luca Rutherford will make your heart sing and your brain do harmony vocals. Party on.

Luca Rutherford is a writer and performer, an Associate Artist of Unfolding Theatre, ARC Stockton and Northern Stage.  She is a Third Angel mentee and was shortlisted for Royal Exchange Theatre’s Hodgkiss Award 2016. Luca makes work that playfully invites whoever is watching to consider the big questions she’s asking alongside her. As well as making her own work she collaborates as a performer, deviser and dramaturg. Luca has worked with Unlimited Theatre, RashDash, Action Transport Theatre, fanSHEN, and under the writing mentorship of Chris Thorpe and Chris Goode. Luca’s debut show Learning How To Die, directed by Iain Bloomfield with script advice from Chris Thorpe, had a sell-out national tour in 2016 and was part of Pulse Festival 2017.

Award-winning artist and performer, Selina Thompson said about Luca, “Luca approaches her work with such rigour and generosity – served up with a huge dollop of joy. It makes for the best kind of work.”

“Luca is one of the most interesting and engaging new theatre makers in the UK today.” Gavin Barlow, Chief Executive The Albany

The creative team includes director Alex Swift (How to Win Against History – Young Vic and touring, An Injury and Heads Up by Kieran Hurley, Me and Mr C by Gary Kitching, Instructions for Border Crossing and Error 404 by Daniel Bye, Mess by Caroline Horton); designer Bethany Well (Rallying Cry, Battersea Arts Centre, Busking It, Danusia Samal, High Tide + Shoreditch Town Hall, The War of the Worlds, Rhum + Clay, New Diorama); movement director Lizzie J Klotz (Rosie Kay Dance Company, Cirque Bijou, State of Grace, Coney, Circus Central); sound designer Jamie Cook (Dance City, The Laing Art Gallery, BalletLORENT’s Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, The Night Ball, Compagnie TDU’s All the things, Newton’s Ladder’s Hope is a thing with Feathers; Fertile Ground’s Dancing the Road; Northern Stage’s Up and Out Christmas Sprout; Music in the Minster’s Opera Goal and Streetwise Opera’s The River Keeper); and script advisor Dougald Hine (Redrawing the Maps, Dark Mountain, The Only Way Is Down, two years as lead of artistic development at Riksteatern, Sweden’s touring national theatre).

2019 Tour Dates

5 February – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
6 February – Oldham Library Studio, Oldham
8 February – Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
9 February – Kirkgate Arts, Cockermouth

14 & 15 February – The Albany, London
17 February – Phoenix Arts, Exeter
19 February – Northern Stage
21 February – Leicester Comedy Festival at The Curve, Leicester
22 February – Derby Theatre, Derby
23 February – Gulbenkian, Canterbury
26 February – Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
25 April – The ShowRoom, Chichester