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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.

A fantastic drama club which inspires oodles of confidence and fun.

– Mrs Jessica Bailey

Anais seems to enjoy her class. She loves the app and CD of the songs/routines. She practices at home lots! I have signed Anais up for dance and gymnastics in the past and it has been a struggle to get her there as she loses interest. Since joining Perform she has been happy/eager to go each week.

– Miss Vicki Norfolk

Rachel is incredible, so dedicated and professional and really knows how to get the best out of the children and to help them with their development. My daughter loves going to Perform and runs in happily each week

– Rachel Simpson

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

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

Poppy is so excited to go to her class every week and has been singing and dancing along to the CD all week. A wow of a success. Thank you.

– Alice Turner

Archie just loves Perform and whilst only having been doing it for 4 or 5 weeks, I was so impressed with the show yesterday - he cant wait for next term and was asking if it started today! we feel with have found something that really keeps Archie engaged, focused and catches his imagination.

– Alison Tait

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

It is unusual for Ben to settle so easily into a new situation. We are sending him to this course to build his confidence and he is thoroughly enjoying. He describes Samantha as 'very funny' and loves to go each week. The stickers for the poster are also a big hit and he is loving the funky fairy!

– Caroline Woid

My daughter really looks forward to a Monday night, I like the fact there is no pressure for them to 'get it right' its fun and is helping to develop her confidence. I really like the way the class is run and will be paying for next term.

– Christine Pamment

A great balance of discipline and fun. Cooper comes out of class completely engaged and enthused. It's a great end to his week and start to the weekend!

– Claudia simon

It is the only after school activity that my son has never complained about. You have obviously cracked a very good formula, mixing fun and educational activities. I recommend it to everyone.

– Ella Scott

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

The games they choose are fun and are great ways to provide a forum for the children to start to 'perform' without knowing it, giving them safe ways in which to speak out  and get a positive response from the other children, thus building their confidence in front of a wider group. 

– Gemma Moorby

Since Caitlan has started Perform not a day has gone by without her singing away. She has nothing but good things to say about her time spent there. She can't wait to show me what she has learnt and often tells me how funny she finds her teachers. A big thank you for making my little girl smile.

– Hayley

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

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

It is the highlight of their week! Both my children really enjoy the class and the CD is on all the time at home - they love the stories and spend lots of time dancing around our living room!

– Josephine Cerqua

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

I think Perform is marvellous and you all do a superb job! I am really impressed by how much you achieve with the children, whilst it all firmly remains great fun and not too stage-schooly. Jack has gone from refusing to go in on his first visit, to asking every day if it is 'drama day' yet! 

– Kate Higgs

I have been stunned by how well Linden has settled into this class as he is reticent to join in other groups/activities. Rachel and Karen have been fantastic at supporting him each week and helping him build confidence and friendships. I have been so impressed by their high levels of skill.

– Lindsay McLelland

Mollie usually worries about anything she does but she goes to Perform with excitement. A fun way of finding herself and experimenting without feeling she has to fit into any categories. It has really helped in building Mollie's confidence in a very short space of time. Many thanks.

– Lorraine Irvine

There really is no comparison to her previous drama class. The Perform teachers on the other hand are always focused, energetic & enthusiastic & it seems to rub off on the children. I love this immersive style of class where the teachers get completely involved in the sessions.

– Marcin

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

My two children love it. Grace's enthusiasm is really catchy, I attended a 15 minute performance and even I felt like getting up and taking part.

– Nili

A very professional organisation. The energy & enthusiasm from the teachers is impressive. Excellent & useful feedback.

– Pamela

I am impressed with Perfom and the resources that support the class/theme for the term, for example the poster/stickers; CD and IPad app. This has enabled me to continue the work and support Aaron at home, including the dances and songs.

– Rebecca Daniels

Absolutely excellent, Poppy loves it and is so confident - this has spilled out to how she is at school now too. Am very impressed and thrilled at all aspects - especially how professional and communicative Perform is, thank you.

– Sally Cousins

Isla loves the classes and looks forward to them every week. Elise is a great teacher and incredibly enthusiastic. I think the mixed ages class works well as Isla looks up to the older children.

– Samantha Blake

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

– Sara Diamond

It is the best money I've ever spent on an after school activity. The children are totally engaged for the entire session. They absolutely love going and it is lovely to see their faces of sheer pleasure, excitement, laughter etc. I am so impressed, Oliver is absolutely amazing.

– Sarah Laughlin

Fantastic ! Hannah loves singing and dancing and is very expressive so this is a lovely way to channel her creativity ! Also I hope it will help her concentrate a bit more without distraction........!

– Sue Richards

Both Sophie and Josh love going to David's class, it the one activity that they both ask 'is it time to go yet'. I am so impressed with David, he really knows how to get the best out of the children.

– Susan Brown

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

The organisation of the class is great. The security of signing the children in and letting the children home at the end of the class are excellent. I also really appreciate being told about the class by the teacher at the end - a good starting point to talk to my daughter afterwards.

– Zoe Curtis