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Lucy's top 10 tips for children's theatre etiquette

The Christmas holidays can be the first time children have been to the theatre, be it to see a Panto or a family show. Live performances should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience but, how do we introduce children to the magic of live theatre whilst adhering to theatre...

Things to do with your kids this summer

Make a summer holiday playlist With more time for music at home during school holidays (no rushed breakfasts or evening homework), why not create a holiday playlist where each family member gets to choose their favourite summer songs. You may find this also builds skills in...

Shakespeare for children

Shakespeare is most celebrated playright and poem and his works have spawned many phrases that we use today, and whilst his writing can be seen as challenging, there are ways that we can make it more accessible for children.  Children love to be challenged, so...

4 ways magic can conjure up a well-rounded child

This term's 4-7s theme, The Magician's Chamber, is an spellbinding adventure into Ancient Britain and, at half-term, thousands of children and parents enjoyed our West End musical,  Magical Merlin. I've always thought that...

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...

Perform moves online

Back in March, lockdown arrived without warning and we spent our Easter holiday working on developing Perform At Home. We quickly got 11 of our most experienced Producers up and running and launched our virtual classes mid-April. You can find out more about how we set up these...

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...

Learn something new this lockdown

It's week 9 of lockdown and, even though the rules are being eased little by little, it still feels like I'm constantly searching for new things to do and new ways to keep everyone entertained (and half-term is not going to be much respite!). I've...

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...
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