Learning How To Die

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Tue 3 – Thu 5 May at 7.30pm

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An ARC Stockton Production
Written and performed by Luca Rutherford
Co-commissioned by ARC and Ovalhouse

death cafe 2This is a show about death. It’s not a show about being sad. Or about grief. Or pity. This is a show about the actuality of dying and how an acceptance of mortality can drive a passion for life.

Learning How To Die asks what scares us about dying, and how can we use that fear to drive our living actions. Can we stop being scared of talking about dying? Can we find new ways to talk about death now, not just when we are faced with it, or have to deal with someone else’s? It won’t make it any less painful but it might just make things easier.

Join Luca in Learning How to Die and it might just change the way you live.

“I think we should talk about death more. Let’s do it openly and actively. Let’s take death for granted, not life.” – Read an interview with Luca on Exeunt.

Luca will be hosting a Death Cafe at CPT on 4 May, 3pm-5pm. At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. All welcome! 

“Luca Rutherford’s one-woman show about understanding and accepting death exposes the raw, throbbing nerve of these interactions… painted with the kind of gentle humour which fills us with both heartache and awe.” NARC magazine


Development supported by Northern Stage through the North East Artist Development Network.
This show supports dyslexic audiences.

Catch Learning How To Die in a double bill with Going Viral (9pm). Two shows for just £16!

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