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A community arts project – showcasing Northampton’s talent…

The Silhouette Youth threatre group is committed and passionate about giving young people, who would not usually get the opportunity, the chance to engage with the performing arts and by doing so to raise their aspirations and confidence so that they can be more successful in life. They focus on communities that are in high areas of deprivation and seek to give these young people, their parents and carers, an affordable solution to follow their talents and engage their passions.

Empowering young people and communities to know that they can use the performing arts to have a voice and that this voice is not diminished based on where you live, how much money you have, your race, religion or background. The performing arts is the human right of every child and for many it will give them the relevance, engagement and enjoyment that they need to be lifelong learners.

Founder of the theatre group, Leigh Wolmarans explains: “We want to celebrate their talents and abilities by showing the community what is possible if we allow young people to engage their passions in a safe, secure and nurturing environment that strives for excellence”!

“We are going to do this by building on the last two and a half years of the Lings Performing Arts Academy and the Lings Creative Hub, both of which have been highly successful within our schools and the community. It is now time to evolve and revolutionise these two successful projects by merging them in to the Silhouette Youth Theatre Company.

“We will be taking over a shop unit in the Weston Favell Shopping centre, a place that serves everyone and is accessible by all. It will allow us to create opportunities for performing arts classes before and after school and will mean that we can grow the amount of young people that can access our provision. We currently have 120 young people who are based in the community who are looking for an affordable solution and we can provide this, if we have our own premises’.

The Silhouette Theatre group will be working with a range of exceptional local providers and all their staff have been working in schools for many years and most of these are qualified teachers who have a long track record of excellence. They also have the backing of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Intermission Theatre and the University of Northampton – all of who will be supporting them on this adventure.

This project is steeped in the importance of giving young people from difficult backgrounds a chance to develop a voice that is heard and taken seriously. It will give them a chance to know that things that they feel are out of their reach, are possible. Only that way will the group truly change our community!

Images courty of Leigh Wolmarans – Founder of The Silhouette Youth Theatre Company