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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.

Josh and Aaron have been loving the classes. I love the ethos and wish we had signed up sooner. James is brilliant!!

– Ms Sophie Busch

Our daughters absolutely adore Perform! Rachel & Zoe are brilliant- warm, kind, fun, engaging and highly skilled. They know exactly how to bring out the best in the children, with their knowledge, experience and infectious energy. 

– Mrs Lucy Paltnoi

Ollie and Phoebe are both great with the children and their enthusiasm is astounding. Despite not knowing any other children in the group, Zoe looks forward to the sessions all week and has felt very welcome from the start.

– Mr Craig Harrison

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

– Mrs Nikki Simms

I can't praise Laura and Perform enough! My son has been feeling emotional/low self esteem. Oh my goodness, even on first lesson Laura brought out a confidence within my son he used to have- beaming from ear to ear and engaged!

– Mrs Rebecca Abbott

I’ve definitely noticed a positive difference in the children since attending Perfrom. They are confident and always bounce out of their session. We couldn’t be happier!

– Mrs Kelly Bishop

Polly absolutely loves it and as a family we're all enjoying the songs. I'm very impressed with the quality of the script and music for Hercules Beat - a very professionally run organisation.

– Liz Gray

Alathea has really enjoyed her first few weeks and has settled in quickly. She always seems completely engaged and looks like she is having lots of fun which is great for me to see.

– Miss Melanie Bacon

I'm hugely impressed by your company, from the actual lessons; to the show literature; to the songs that are available on the app; to the follow up e-mail after each class! Wow, wow, wow. THANK YOU!

– Vanessa Imondi

Willow loves this class and looks forward to coming along every Monday. Lisa-Marie has so much energy and is amazing with the children. I have never been to such a well communicated after school activity. The information that is provided is great!

– Mrs Michelle Braddy
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