Welcome to The Play House

The Play House uses participatory theatre and drama to support the language and learning of children and young people. We aim to stimulate children’s imagination and creativity, with meaningful participation at the heart of everything we do.

Language Alive is our popular touring programme of participatory theatre in education for 3 – 11 year olds which specifically addresses requirements across the national curriculum, in particular the English statutory programme of study, stimulating spoken language and more effective writing.

Each programme supports curriculum subjects such as English, Mathematics, History, Geography and Science and promotes SMSC development and British values, supporting your school ethos and behaviour policy.

We also deliver issue based work across all age groups, INSET, workshops, residencies and bespoke projects.

  • The Language Alive programme brochure and booking forms for 2017/18 are available here

Please contact us to book a programme or to discuss any aspect of our work.



Gavin M

New Language Alive touring programme for 2017/18

May 26th, 2017

Our new Language Alive touring programme for 2017/18 is now ready to book, with some old favourites and new developments. We’re making plans for a new Black History project, The Suitcase on the Wardrobe. It explores issues of migration and identity and is inspired by the real portraits of Commonwealth migrants taken by Birmingham photographer […]


Museum partnership projects

April 28th, 2017

We’re really busy this term with some exciting projects across the West Midlands as well as our regular touring programme. Two of the projects are with West Midlands Museums Development on an initiative that encourages partnerships between arts organisations and museums. We’re currently working with the Coffin Works Museum, a fascinating building in the Jewellery […]

Malcolm J

Performing Pedagogies project

March 2nd, 2017

Throughout this year, Juliet and me have been working as part of a group of drama workers on Performing Pedagogies, a teacher CPDL programme to support and develop the use of drama for writing in primary schools. The project is being jointly led by the RSA and Arts Connect with funding from the Paul Hamlyn […]

Current Projects

About Language Alive Further information & booking
Careless Talk Challenging extremist ideas (Years 5 -7)
No Kidding KS1: Tackling bullying
The Suitcase on the Wardrobe KS2: Black History Month, English, SMSC
Tapestry Exploring extremism with 13-18 year olds