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 



Moving on

April 20th, 2018

Like many arts organisations, The Play House has had some ups and downs over the past few years, so it was with a mixture of excitement and trepidation that I took the job of General Manager six years ago. I was really pleased to be working with a company I had known and admired for […]

Gavin M

We’re hiring

February 16th, 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED Our General Manager is leaving us in April for pastures new. Over the summer, we’ll be working with a consultant to carry out an organisational review to ensure that the company is resilient and in a strong position to deliver our programme for the future. We’re recruiting an Interim General Manager to oversee […]

Malcolm J

Spring 2018 Primary tours

January 28th, 2018

We have just finished rehearsals for the programmes touring primary schools this term. We have limited days available on our tours. Call Gavin on: 0121 265 4425 if you would like to book a session for your school. By the River Bank (Nursery & Reception) By the Riverbank is an interactive introduction to the natural […]

Current Projects

About Language Alive Further information & booking
Bag of Beans KS1: Numeracy programme inspired by Jack & the Beanstalk
Buried History KS2: Exploring Anglo Saxon history & culture
Little Red Hen Early Years numeracy programme