About Us

Thank you for Mamela – blazing integrity, humanity and such power to heal, beautifully crafted and a gift to each of us lucky enough to see it.” Audience Member Mamela at Live Theatre 2014

Curious Monkey is an international award winning theatre company founded by artistic director Amy Golding. We create outstanding theatre  inspired by people we meet and connections we make in our local community and around the world. We listen to people whose stories are rarely told. Collaborating with a team of award winning artists, we shape these stories into fresh, direct theatre that is rooted in the experiences of the people we work with. Our work shares rarely told stories widely with audiences, decision makers and influencers; and deepens engagement with audiences and participants. Our artistic programme gives a voice to under-represented people and raises awareness of the issues that they face. Our audiences are often young and new to the theatre. We make people welcome and we speak in a clear and open language that reflects our principles of inclusivity. We make theatre that provokes and inspires audiences to connect with each other, with the ideas that we explore and with the stories that we share. Working with specialist partners, we use theatre to engage with influencers and decision makers to help create positive changes in the world.

We encourage:

  • Creativity by being curious, fun, innovative and collaborative
  • Inclusivity by promoting diversity, equality and access
  • Empowerment by being supportive, encouraging and inspiring
  • Openness by being honest, open to new ideas and flexible
  • Integrity by being responsible, authentic and accountable
  • Wellbeing through providing safe spaces and positive activity

We have 5 main activities:

  • Creating and touring new plays based on real stories
  • Theatre and drama workshops and trips/visits
  • Shadowing/work placement opportunities and internships
  • Creating activities and events that position real stories and voices where they can be heard by influencers and decision makers
  • Artist Development

Working with Curious Monkey has given me confidence in my abilities” Ellie Claughton, Young Curious Monkey

Curious Monkey was incorporated on 30th May 2013 as a company limited by guarantee (with the name Theatre Auracaria). The company gained charitable status on 17th June 2016, Charity Number 1167703.

Thank you to Our Funders. 


The Team

Amy Golding: Artistic Director

Amy Golding founded Curious Monkey. Amy wrote and performed preggers which toured the UK in June 2016; her directing credits for the company include Beats North by Luke Barnes and Ishy Din, Mamela, Bunker Blues, Imagine for Holocaust Memorial Day and Live Witness for Live Theatre’s 40th birthday. She previously worked at Live Theatre (2006 – 2012) where her directing credits include: Here Come The Girls, Playing With My Heart, DNA, Girls on the Verge, Boys on the Edge, Blackout and First Draft. Amy graduated from Northumbria University with a BA(Hons) in Drama and has worked as a drama worker, theatre maker and director for the last 13 years. She has also worked with a number of other companies including Open Clasp, Them Wifies, Nabokov, The Sage Gateshead. Amy Golding was the Paul Hamlyn Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow 2014, completing a secondment at the Young Vic Theatre working on the Regional Theatres Young Directors Scheme, and is now a qualified coach. Amy is never happier than when she’s playing in a rehearsal room or workshop space that’s full of fun and laughter.

Jenny Dewar: Company Manager

Jen is Company Manager for Curious Monkey and is currently responsible for fundraising, company and project management and administration. For Curious Monkey, Jen has produced Beats North by Luke Barnes and Ishy Din, Mamela, Bunker Blues, Imagine and One Small Case for Holocaust Memorial Day. Jen is also Nottingham Coordinator for Streetwise Opera. Jen has managed a number of international artist exchanges between the UK and South Africa with the Swallows Foundation UK. Following an MA in Cultural Management, Jen worked as an arts administrator and project Manager with Brian Debnam and Associates on projects including The Doha Cultural Forum in Qatar, Soweto Music Centre in Johannesburg, the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust and the North East Circus Development Trust.

Andrew Smaje: Associate Producer

Andrew is an independent theatre producer, mentor and consultant. He is currently Executive Director for Actors Touring Company. As a consultant, Andrew works across the UK with a range of theatre companies, organisations, and agencies as well as individual artists and theatre makers. Andrew’s clients include Theatre Royal Plymouth, Greyscale, Oscar Mike, Walking Talking and The Empty Space. He mentors many emerging companies and artists, supporting their professional and artistic development. Andrew sits on the Board of Upstart Theatre and chairs the Board of Cap-a-Pie Theatre. Andrew’s background in producing and commissioning new writing (nominated Best New Play, UK Theatre Awards 2011 & 2013) and touring contemporary drama (nominated Best Touring Production and Renee Stepham Award for Touring Achievement, UK Theatre Awards 2003 and 2012) have seen his productions performed in practically every theatre in the UK. He is former Executive Director of Hull Truck Theatre, Associate Director of Theatre Royal Bath, Artistic Director of the Ustinov and Producer for Theatre Royal Bath Productions. He has been an Arts Council England Assessor since the scheme’s inception in 2009.

Toni McElhatton: Project Coordinator

Toni works on the organisation and delivery of our participation projects. She is a highly experienced facilitator. Toni is a member of Precious Cargo and a resident drama worker at Live Theatre. Toni recently completed the National Theatre’s Step Change Programme.

Board of Directors

Rebecca Ball

Gez Casey

Rob Huggins

Bernie Legg

Gillian Firth

Sarah English

Zeinab Lenton

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