Curry followed by a drama workshop with the theatre group, Curious Monkey, was on the menu for a group of Action Foundation clients this Refugee Week.

The group, mostly made up of learners from our Action Language ESOL classes, enjoyed a veggie curry lunch from the Samosa Sisters before throwing themselves into a host of fun activities courtesy of Amy and Katie from the the North East’s first Theatre of Sanctuary.

Curious Monkey use theatre and creativity to improve the life chances and wellbeing of the communities they work with,  centring them at the heart of the creative process and helping to tackle the inequalities they face. They have an established group for people seeking sanctuary in the North East called the Arriving group where people are encouraged to be creative, enjoy new experiences, feel welcome and make friends.

Monthly theatre trips are arranged as well as creative activity sessions. There are regular meet ups and everything is FREE to attend, with travel costs included. A new Arriving Women’s Group has just started up too for women seeking sanctuary. Again, it’s a fun, creative way to practise English and build relationships. Importantly free childcare is available, but numbers are limited, so do get in touch with them in advance so a place can be reserved for you.

The next women’s group meetings will happen in Shieldfield, Newcastle on the following dates:

July 1st

July 22nd

September 9th

September 30th

Contact [email protected] to find out more.

Or phone/text/WhatsApp: 0749 7221708

Men wishing to know more about the general Arriving group can contact the same email and number.