Curious Monkey has been re-awarded Theatre Company of Sanctuary for their powerful and creative work with new arrivals in the city of Newcastle. The group is the first Theatre Company of Sanctuary in the North East and a leading player in the work around Sanctuary, Arts and Culture in the region. They provide opportunities for people seeking sanctuary to participate in arts and cultural activities, through free theatre trips, workshops and social sessions.
The award was celebrated with the arriving group at one of their fortnightly meet ups, with an evening of fun and laughter-filled celebration which included a game of four square, a clown workshop and a delicious dinner shared by all on a large table, which as one of the group members said was just like “a dinner with family”.
Theatre of Sanctuary
Amy Golding, Artistic Director/Joint CEO, Curious Monkey said:
“We are so happy to be re-awarded as a Theatre Company of Sanctuary. To have our work recognised in creating welcome and introducing people seeking sanctuary and new arrivals to the city into the cultural life of the region is wonderful. Our staff team and volunteers work tirelessly with a lot of care to create experiences that bring people together and that people remember.
“This award is for all those who have ever had to leave what they know to be safe, to have to start again in a new place and to have to wait and wait to know their future. All of us at Curious Monkey will endeavour to keep on offering moments of joy and positivity to make that process just a tiny bit easier.”
An arriving group member said:
“It is something I look forward to, something different with friends, almost like family coming together and making us forget our problems. We have a lot of fun together.”
Rosie Tapsfield, City of Sanctuary Officer, Newcastle City Council added:
“Their sessions are an incredible antidote to some of the hardships that people seeking sanctuary are faced with in the UK. I regularly use Curious Monkey as an example for others to contact and learn from and value the support that they are able to offer others in the region who aspire to increase their knowledge and offer around the work of sanctuary.”