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Lucy's blog

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...

How to help your child enter a room confidently

We have a different life skill focus each week at our Perform classes. These focuses are chosen from a combination of requests from parents over the years and my own experience as a mother of two. For example, the inspiration for last term’s “Manners...

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...

When I’m King of the Jungle…..

Having a voice, the ability to share your opinion on something, is the most powerful thing in the world. If you’ve ever been in a situation where you didn’t feel like you had a voice then I’m sure you’ll agree. When I was a young girl in primary...

Vocal projection...and how to teach it

Those of you who are familiar with my blog posts will know that I love talking about the magical effect drama can have on child development. It’s something that we’re 100% passionate about at Perform. Every week, as well as lots...

Making speeches from a very young age

I’m passionate about children being confident when they speak in public and it’s something that we are very committed to at Perform. We have numerous exercises that we play with the children at our weekly workshops - public speaking really can be learnt. Having...

What does drama bring to people?

I know I go on about this in my blogs but drama is SO powerful. I'm aware that some people see drama as a dispensable add-on in schools. An extra-curricular activity that's fun but not educational. At a time of budget cuts and standardised tests I can see why...

Why drama should be available to all children

I read an article in the Evening Standard recently where writer David Wood, who recently adapted Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage, talked about the importance of drama for children. He said that children who take part in workshops...

A step-by-step guide to the autumn term

  It’s the end of the summer holidays and we are now extremely busy putting the final touches to our curriculum for Autumn Term 2014. When I set up Perform nearly 15 years ago, I wanted to create a drama school which was about the children having the best fun...

Is choice a good thing?

  We are incredibly fortunate to live in a time where there are so many extra-curricular activities for our children to try and enjoy. When I was growing up in South Wales, my choices were limited to dance, sport or music lessons. Yet, nowadays children can try yoga,...
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