Actress Niamh Cusack – who finishes her role as Siobhan in the Olivier Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on 31 August – is a new Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism.
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. Last year Niamh visited the charity and its school with her co-star Luke Treadaway (who won an Olivier for his portrayal of the lead character Christopher) while researching her role in the play about a teenager who is a maths genius and has autism. She met Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cian Binchy and talked to him about his experiences of autism.
Niamh joins Luke in supporting the charity, as he is also an Ambassador. The pair both starred in the £100k charity fundraising gala A Curious Night at the Theatre in July alongside Jude Law, Matt Smith, Helen Mirren and Chris Martin.
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, said:
“We’re delighted that Niamh is our new Ambassador because she’s shown great enthusiasm for supporting young people with autism. It’s a testament to her commitment to raising autism awareness that she’s agreed to further support our work with children and young people with autism.”
Niamh Cusack, actress and Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism, said:
“I’ve had a wonderful time playing Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the last year. One thing I’ve particularly enjoyed is meeting so many different young people with autism through Ambitious about Autism, including its Youth Patrons. Hearing about their experiences has been so inspiring, they have offered me a window into some of the ways people with autism see the world, and deal with it. They are unique and extraordinary people with unique and extraordinary families. This is why I’m delighted to become an Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism. I look forward to continuing to support the vital work the charity does by raising awareness of autism.”
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. The charity provides services, raises awareness and understanding, and campaigns to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism. Find out more at www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk