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Preview: They Fall like Snow at Sunderland Minster

Sunderland Empire’s Curious Connections Youth Theatre to perform at Sunderland Minster as part of Asunder Programme of Pre-Show Entertainment this weekend

They Fall like Snow
Sunderland Minster
Sunday 10th July 2016

As part of the Asunder program of activity taking place across Sunderland city centre this weekend, Sunderland Empire’s Curious Connections group will be performing They Fall like Snow at the Sunderland Minster on Sunday 10th July 2016.
They Fall like Snow will offer audiences an original interpretation of life on the home front during the Great War. This cross art form piece set in a Ship Yard showcases Physical Theatre and Poetry pieces. The young people involved in Curious Connections have taken a leading role in the creative process to produce a haunting and beautiful reflection of what it might have been like to live in Sunderland in 1916.

The premier of the film Asunder (Sunday 10 July 2016) brings together the stories and images of the past with music from the present to tell a poignant and relevant story of what happened to a typical British town during the First World War. The story is told through a beautiful film carefully crafted using archive and newly filmed footage, narrated by Kate Adie, with Alun Armstrong as the voice of the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette.   The film's dramatic soundtrack will be performed live by the world famous Royal Northern Sinfonia, Mercury Music Prize nominated Field Music and electronic music duo Warm Digits. Read about it here:

Pre-show entertainment will be taking place at the Sunderland Empire when doors open to ticket holders, and in venues surrounding the theatre ahead of the premier of the film Asunder.

Curious Connections are a group of Young People with additional needs such as Autism, who work with No Limits Theatre and Sunderland Empire’s Creative Learning Team to learn about all aspects of theatre through a range of weekly performing arts sessions whilst also achieving an Arts Award qualification. The performance at the Minster will be the groups second public event following a successful performance at Northern Stage earlier this year.

Janet Nettleton, No Limits Theatre and Director of Curious Connections interpretation of ‘They Fall like Snow’ said:
‘I am extremely excited that Curious Connections will be performing their latest piece ‘They Fall like Snow’ as part of Sunderland’s showcase event Asunder. This group of young people with autism and additional needs continue to amaze and surprise me with their commitment to creating unique and compelling theatre for mainstream events.’

Hollie Coxon, Creative Learning Manager, Sunderland Empire said: “We’re especially proud at the impact of Curious Connections and the creative and personal development of the Young People and Families we work closely with. It’s been a pleasure to watch their growth as a group, and we can’t wait to welcome new members to the group for the Youth Theatres next venture commencing in September.

Working with No Limits Theatre over the course of the past year has opened the pathway for very interesting and unique creative learning engagement and outcomes which has seen our work shared nationally.”

Curious Connections welcomes new members from next September 2016 and no previous experience required, for further information about Curious Connections please contact 0191 5661056 or

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