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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 kids absolutely love their time at Perform, they come out buzzing! Charlotte is a bundle of positive energy and is clearly passionate and brilliant at what she does. Thanks!

– Mrs Carla O'Shaughnessy

Excellent - Joshua loves to receive a sticker at the end of each class to add to his poster. The e-mail each day after the class highlights the main focus of the class, I can then ask Joshua about this.

– Melanie Petch

Wilbur is really enjoying Perform! He is learning some good skills which will help in so much in the future and has grown in his confidence already. Sian and Racheal are full of energy and passion and you can tell they really love what they do!

– Ms Jemima Johnstone

Emily loves the classes and can't wait to show us the moves that she's learnt that day! Andrew and Julia are great and the way Emily's confidence has grown over the first few weeks has been brilliant and really lovely to see.

– Miss Stephanie Saunders

My children are delighted with Perform! It is their favourite activity of the week.

– Ms Beatriz Sánchez Yánquez

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

My son loved Perform from the moment they visited his school, and I've been bowled away at how much he enjoys and looks forward to each class. All the material and themes seems perfect for his age. I can't believe that we're soon to come to a performance where he'll speak in front of everyone and sing, it's wonderful!

– Mrs Catherine Bingham

My daughter loves her Perform sessions, all the games and exercises, and especially the singing and dancing. She's always full of beans and full of confidence when she comes out of her class, and loves practicing the songs and dance moves. Her producer Laura is fantastic and really knows how to engage those kids- both live and online!

– Anna Evans

Bella absolutely loves it. She wrote a letter to Sam after her second session saying that Perform was the best thing in the entire world!

– Helena Holden

Matilda loves it more than any other after school activity. She is excited every Monday.

– Miss Matilda Iso-Rautio
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