Amy Golding directing

Getting To Know Amy Golding



Amy Golding

Amy GoldingJob Title

Artistic Director / Joint CEO at Curious Monkey

Where is home?

North Shields

Three reasons you love where you live?

Close to the sea where I love to swim and close to Northumberland where love to camp/walk, great charity shops and Sam Fender lives down the road.



What do you do for a living?

Theatre Director and CEO of a theatre company.

A day in the life of you?

Get up, jump in the sea for a swim if I have time, brush my daughter’s hair as she leaves for school, either head to the office or to the rehearsal room depending on whether we have a show coming up.

Have various meetings with the Curious Monkey team, artists we are working with, funders and partners.

Ending the day with either a workshop or a trip to the theatre in the evening with one of our regular creative groups – Troupe – our creative group for young people with care experience or Arriving – our creative group for people seeking sanctuary as refugees and asylum seekers.

Get home for a lovely dinner cooked for me by my husband (he’s a great cook) and collapse on the sofa!

Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?

Troupe have a show coming up at Live Theatre in Newcastle next month, it’s so exciting to see the progression of this group of extraordinary young people.

It’s a really brave and honest play about teenage relationships and mental health. They have done short performances before but this is the first full play they have created.

They have been involved in everything from recruiting the artists they want to work with, creating characters, animation, sound design, marketing and will be performing in the piece alongside professional actors.

I can’t wait to see the pride on their faces when it all comes together.

What does downtime mean to you?
Playing and making up stories with my daughter. Reading a book, listening to records or dancing around the kitchen.



What did you want to be when you were growing up?

An anthropologist – so I could study monkeys and humans.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Be nice! And don’t hold grudges (it’s so much easier to let go)

What is your greatest fear?

Losing people I love

Which living person do you most admire and why?

I can’t choose just one – brilliant creative women making change – Jude Kelly, Vicky Featherstone, Joeli Brierly, Catrina McHugh, Indu Rubasingham, I could go on…




What is top of your bucket list?

To get to New Zealand one day for adventures.

What is your most treasured possession?
My Dinosaur swimming costume or my shed at the end of the garden.

What does the weekend mean to you?

Family time, outdoor adventures and wine!

A memorable holiday?

Pembrokeshire coast in Wales camping this summer, so stunning, beautiful cliffs and turquoise sea.

Best dress?
My teal coloured wedding dress – made for me by my talented South African friend Samukeliswe, who has now sadly passed away.

Who would be your top-three dinner guests?

My husband and my two best friends – Jen and Jonluke

The last place you ate?

Cosy Club in Durham

The last book you read?

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus – please, please read it, it’s amazing!

The last thing you listened to?

Bjork’s new release

The last thing you watched?

Better Things on Iplayer – it’s a series about an actor bringing up 3 daughters – it’s so funny, heartbreaking and brilliant!

Your three luxe things in life?

A big glass of Malbec, sleeping under canvas (in a luxury bell tent), swimming in the sea when the visibility is clear, there are rolling waves and the sun is shining.


Hold Me Tight, a Curious Monkey production, created by Troupe, will be on at Live Theatre on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October. For more information and to book tickets visit