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.

  • Download the Language Alive programme brochure for 2017-18 here
  • Booking forms for all 2017-18 programmes are available here 



Trustee recruitment

November 27th, 2017

The Play House is looking for committed individuals who would like to join our board of trustees. We are particularly interested in people who could contribute skills in education, marketing and finance and are also keen to expand the diversity of our membership. We are an incorporated charity and trustees attend four meetings each year, […]


Anti-bullying programme

October 3rd, 2017

Hello! I’m Naomi and I’m the current intern at The Play House. I am spending this term working on a touring programme called No Kidding and some other projects with Juliet and after Christmas I start working on another programme with Malcolm. No Kidding has been created to help improve the quality of children’s relationships with […]

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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 […]

Current Projects

By the River Bank Early Years programme inspired by Wind in the Willows
Mosaic A multilingual adventure for KS1
Tapestry Exploring extremism with 13-18 year olds
The Last Train KS2 - A look back at the 'Kindertransport'