Get Curious: Autism-friendly learning project at Sunderland Empire

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The Sunderland Empire is inviting teachers to become curious about a training workshop.

The theatre’s creative learning team secured funding from Arts Council England for Get Curious!, a project of autism-friendly learning in Sunderland, linked to the arrival of the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which was staged at the theatre in August.

The project has delivered a very successful programme of autism-friendly learning throughout the summer with arts venues and partners across Sunderland, with the aim of kick starting further longer term engagement in theatre and the arts.

Now, the project is moving onto the next stage of giving professionals and teachers the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, inspired by the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which is now offered on the English GCSE National Curriculum.

The workshop will be delivered by Steve Kirkham from teacher training organisation Frantic Assembly.

Hollie Coxon, Creative Learning manager at Sunderland Empire, said: “We’re thrilled that Frantic Assembly is joining us to deliver such an incredible workshop.”

The workshops will take place on Monday, September 21, from 4pm to 6pm, cost is £30 per teacher and places are limited.

To discuss the workshop or to book a place, contact Sunderland Empire’s creative learning team on 0191 5661056, or