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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.

Both Lucie and Hannah absolutely love Perform. It’s the highlight of their week! It has been wonderful to see them grow in confidence and get so much pleasure from learning the songs and performing the shows.

– Mrs Nicola Taylor

Isobel loves perform, she practices the dances and songs at home, it’s really brought out her confidence.

– Mrs Clair Finchhutchins

Mason absolutely loves it. It is the highlight of his week! I am really impressed with how Charlotte comes out after each session and explains everything they have been taught that lesson.

– Mrs Emily Eames

Max is new to the class - but is loving it. Lucy is fantastic - Energetic, perceptive, fun, & in control. He gets more out of this class in terms of life skills and development than four days a week at Nursery!

– Anna

Love that you are able to make-up classes if you miss and the small class size.

– Sara Diamond

The Perform is amazing. The teachers are very professional. My son asks me every day when the next class is. I'm very happy and my son is too!

– Miss Meglena Stefanova

Charlie is always happy to go to drama and we have seen a big improvement in her confidence. She loves showing us her new dance moves and songs too.

– Mrs Jo Oldreive

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

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

We love Perform and the fact that it is an encompassing program, developing a range of skills. My children have developed self-confidence, ease while speaking in public, and love of performing, that will be beneficial to them, no matter what they choose to do for a career.

– Geraldine Zolynski
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