Siliba Theatre is based in Wolverhampton; the theatre company is founded and directed by Aaliyah Ndlovu. We create theatre that explores inventive uses of storytelling, visual theatre and site-specific performance.Siliba Theatre empowers young leadership and youth activism through the arts, supporting and transforming children and young people to change the world by enriching their learning and leadership potential with theatre productions, creative projects and resources.
To realise our vision, we will employ the performing arts and the craft of theatre and new writing across various programme strands and thus maximise our ability to achieve our triple bottom line; artistic excellence, social engagement and financial resilience and sustainability. We will do this by;
- Creating brilliant new musical theatre plays, drama, dance both physical, contemporary and African performance by, with and for children and young people that stimulate, provoke and facilitate questions about the world we live in and making it better. This isn’t the end, we will also be writing theatre plays for older audience as well as the youth
- Facilitating and supporting Creative Inquiry and Young Leadership through performing arts projects and programmes to promote children’s and young people’s voices, advocacy and activism
- Providing multiple learning “spaces” in our programme for children and young people and their stakeholders to make connections, both in knowledge and with people
- Introducing professional development initiatives to enrich wider learning provisions. Developing our youth with excellent communicating skills, growth in self-esteem and enjoy the benefits of improved co-ordination and fitness levels
- Reaching children and young people across the UK with limited access to inspiration from the performing arts; enlightening, empowering and including all young people wherever they live
We pride ourselves on the diversity of our writers, performers and freelance creatives; we have an integrated casting policy, and we commission writers whose work is relevant and resonant with our audiences.
We tour most of our work because we believe all young people deserve the advantages theatre brings, and we know many grow up in areas without access to theatre or performing arts groups.
Aaliyah Ndlovu founded Siliba Theatre in 2014 after graduating at university of Wolverhampton. She stated her journey into the arts in 2003 when she studied drama at Herefordshire College of Art and Design. After graduating she then decided to continue her studies in the arts but this time she thought of moving to Coventry city where she studied performing arts at Coventry City College Butts in 2004 until 2007. She graduated with the Diploma and HNC in performing arts. She wanted to make theatre for young audiences as high-quality and enriching as theatre for adults. She wanted to create a place were performing arts university leavers can come after graduating and continue to be creative. Since then she has become a sector-leading new writing company, placing the highest importance on both artistic merit and the benefits for our audiences. She recently produced a play to bring awareness on World AIDS Day. It is her desire to continue writing and producing theatre plays that impact our community.
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