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Lucy's blog

It's good to talk

A few years ago we conducted a survey with Perform parents. What they were most concerned about was their children's communication skills being stunted by the digital age. Too much spending time online and not communcating in person, for example. When I was a teenager...

World Book Day - 6 ways to get your child to read

On the first Thursday of every March, millions of children celebrate World Book Day -  a charity funded by publishers and book -sellers across the UK and Ireland. Their mission is to promote reading for pleasure and to offer every child and young person the...

The pandemic and children's mental health

Something I love about working with children is their general positivity and upbeat attitude but it’s often easy to breeze over the fact that many share some of the same worries, concerns and anxieties as we do. And, while children are not considered within the high risk...

We're back, Covid-Safe and better than ever!

We were hugely excited to reopen our classes in September but it’s fair to say that I did have some apprehension about how we could make it work with ever-changing government guidelines. We were faced with two main challenges: how could we make the classes...

More than just a drama class

I remember reading the Annabel Karmel recipe books for cooking inspiration when my children were young. One of the pasta sauce recipes she recommended was great because the vegetables were disguised, resulting in a delicious pasta sauce filled with vitamins and goodness...

Keep calm and breathe

A few weeks ago, we covered a topic in class all about how to relax and calm down if you’re feeling worried or anxious. In all our drama, dance and singing classes, we always have a weekly focus which helps to develop children’s social skills. Topics range from...

The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Some parents think that, when they send their child to Perform, it's about having fun,  singing, dancing and acting, and that's certainly true. But's it's also not the whole truth. Right from the start, Perform was always about much more than...

The Perform Bursary Scheme

If you read my blogs regularly, you’ll know that I’m like a broken record when it comes to how fantastic drama is for child development. It’s central to everything we do at Perform. But I am also aware that not everyone has the financial means to pay for the...

19 years of Perform

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? That age-old saying certainly applies to the last 19 years I have spent running Perform. On Tuesday January the 8th, it’s our birthday and what a whirlwind it’s been. I started out back in 2000...

‘How was your day?’ – Tips for prizing the details from your kids

Before I had children, I never thought that it would be difficult as a parent to communicate with your kids after the school day or activity to find out how it all went. Now I have kids of my own, I know how very hard, if not impossible, it actually is. I remember my...
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