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Lucy's blog

Anti-Bullying Week

If you do a search for “my child is being bullied,” you'll be inundated with different websites and practical advice as to what to do if this is happening to your child. I was bullied at school and it was horrible. It doesn’t only affect...

Performing Arts for ALL children

    One of things I am proudest of is our Perform4ALL project. Perform4ALL came about back in 2001 when I was making contact with a local primary school to spread the word about our weekly classes. Visiting the school...

My personal passion: inspiring children with drama

When my business partner and I set up Perform sixteen years ago, we wanted to do something completely different to what other children’s drama classes were doing. We had both worked for other drama schools and, while they were great in many ways, we wanted to...

10 things to ask when choosing an extracurricular activity for your child

If you’re like me, you’re probably in the process of choosing after-school or weekend activities for your child for the autumn term. It's a tricky process with so much choice out there.  I’ve been running Perform for 17 years now and, based...

Celebrating World Cultures

  Each term at Perform for 4-7s, we have a different theme around which we base our drama, dance and singing resources. The themes range from imaginary places such as Fairytale Forest to historical and cultural idioms like The Wild West.  Tor the...

Introducing children to Shakespeare

At Perform, we’ve always had ambitious aims. We write our own curriculum, songs, poems and choreography so, over the years, we’ve been able to set the standard very high for what we want the children to get out of our sessions. Children love to be...

How to fuel a child's creativity

Did anyone else cringe when they read about Tamara Ecclestone’s two year old daughter’s latest gift? She recently received a £10,000 playhouse which is also a replica of their £70 million Kensington mansion. If you haven't already seen it already,...

Will school theatre trips be a thing of the past?

  Sarah O’Keefe is Head Of Drama at the highly-regarded La Sainte Union school for girls in Hampstead. As this week’s guest blogger, she discusses the recent changes to the curriculum for Drama GCSE. As all drama teachers will be aware, from September...

Teaching positive body language

I am a huge advocate of Positive Body Language - for example: shoulders back, head held high, standing tall and good eye contact - to make me feel more confident in certain situations. I genuinely believe that, if your body language says ‘confident’, then you...

Why drama is good for children's psychological development

This week, I’m delighted to introduce a guest blogger - Peter Saxby. Peter was an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology Services before developing a full-time private practice with clinics in several BMI Healthcare Private Hospitals.  He...
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