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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.

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

Jake  gets really excited each week and can’t wait to get in and start performing! Jessica is lovely and has great enthusiasm. You can see her passion towards the children and her job.

– Mrs Caroline Richardson

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

There is something about Perform which is different to other drama classes - it feels as if the teacher is more interested in my son's individual needs, progress and happiness than anything else.

– Claire Elhaggagi

We are delighted that we found Perform! Both boys are absolutely loving it - they come out full buzzing of stories, energy and their eyes shine a bit brighter...it's been great for them both. Love it!

– Kate Harris

Millicent really looks forward to coming to Perform. She was already a pretty confident thing but she has really enjoyed being able to express her ideas and imagination. 

– Mrs Melody Clarke

My children are extremely enthusiastic and enjoy their time at Perform Hornchurch. They love the enthusiasm that their teachers bring to each session!

– Mrs Grace Eriksson

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

Zachary loves the class. There is a good variety of activities and he really enjoys the songs and games. Matthew is enthusiastic and a good role model for my son, who is surrounded by female teachers at school.

– Mrs Judith Devney

It's more than I could have expected. The teachers seem to make every child feel very special. Tia and the staff have a wonderful way with the children and I am so pleased with all we are getting from the class - it's much more than a normal after-school club.

– Amie Jones
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