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Our history

Perform was launched in 2000 as a new kind of drama school – one that has child development at its very heart.

The founders, Will Barnett and Lucy Quick, both had a passion for the performing arts and wanted to create a unique organisation to help build children’s self-esteem and life skills.

Prior to establishing Perform, Lucy trained as an actor and appeared in a number of shows in the West End and regionally. During this time, she was also working extensively with children at a variety of children’s drama schools.

Will studied Law and worked in the commercial world at a leading advertising agency. He also worked as a Musical Director and composer in London and across the UK.

The aim of Perform was to use performing arts games, exercises and materials to help boost child development. Rather than teaching rigorous techniques and requiring the endless memorisation of lines or steps, the sessions would use specially devised activities, each with the aim of developing a specific life skill or social attribute. With smaller classes and lots of individual attention, Lucy believed that children would be able to grow and develop at their own pace while Perform focused on the 4 Cs – confidence, concentration, communication and coordination.

Starting with two schools in Primrose Hill and Islington, Perform has grown to over 300 venues across London and the South and West of England. It now encompasses hundreds of weekly classes for 4-7s and 7-12s, weekly dance classes for 6-12sholiday courses, unique party entertainment and Perform for Schools – a thriving programme of workshops in primary schools. 

Lucy and Will continue to drive the business. As Principal, Lucy is responsible for recruiting, training and monitoring Perform teachers, developing the Perform curriculum and writing the games and exercises used in Perform classes. Will oversees marketing, finance, IT and operational areas as well as writing the songs and scripts the children learn. 

Read about Lucy’s tips for child development and her blog, or follow her on Twitter.

The first thing Wilf says every morning is "Is it a Perform day?" and 6 out of 7 of those days he starts the day disappointed. Keep up the fantastic work - what you do is truly amazing. Thank you. BTW the App is a HUGE hit in this house...

– Emma Johnson

Every week Freya is really excited about going to Perform. She really loves it and it has really boosted her confidence and Samantha is fabulous.

– Mrs Fiona Sands

I really like the weekly feedback by e-mail. The girls love the stickers and really look forward to going to the class each week. It is a good carrot for getting homework done on Saturday morning.

– Amanda Fitzmaurice

Both my boys absolutely love Perform and look forward to the class each week! It has really helped their confidence. Alana and Lizzie are both fantastic.

– Mrs Katrina Tanner

We are really impressed with the organisation, from the app, CD, stickers etc to the lovely weekly email sent to give details on what the class covered. Our entire household and extended family now know all the "under the sea" songs off by heart!

– Helen Hughes

I am so impressed with the whole experience! Ashton usually struggles with things, especially school, but he learns through Perform and it’s the highlight of his week. He’s always excited to see which sticker he will get and he likes to listen to his CD in the car.

– Miss Annaliese Birch

Kelly is such an enthusiastic and friendly teacher. My son cannot wait to get to her class and comes out so happy! He loves the apps and always wants to listen to the CD in our car!

– Ms Samantha Moolman

Katharine absolutes LOVES these classes....she is completely engaged with the lessons and always bounces in enthusiastically and comes out smiling.

– Ms Amanda Burns

I’m very impressed by the pro active, thoughtful way each session is run, the recap at the end for parents is encouraging. It is great to know that Ethan is not just being ‘entertained’ for the hour, but pro actively being taught new life skills - and he always comes out absolutely full of life.

– Mrs Kate Whyley

Abi loves her class! She always comes out buzzing and singing her heart out.

– Mrs Nikki Simms
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