The Play House uses participatory theatre and drama to stimulate and support the language and learning of children and young people. We are best known for our Language Alive! touring theatre in education (TIE) programmes that bring the curriculum to life for 3–11 year olds. Since our inception in 1986, we have built a reputation for delivering high quality, engaging work supported by comprehensive and practical resources for teachers.

Our work addresses specific curriculum areas such as Literacy, Numeracy and History, as well as objectives such as Speaking & Listening and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning), with programmes covering Early Years, KS1 and KS2.

All our programmes are participatory, with the children being actively involved in the drama. This can take place in a number of ways, including:

  • taking roles within the drama allowing them to take a position in relation to the action
  • having the opportunity to question, challenge or advise characters
  • handling artefacts relating to the story
  • engaging in role play to establish the fictional content
  • making decisions about moral and ethical dilemmas

We also carry out a range of issue based projects as well as INSET and CPD for teachers.

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“Language Alive! is like a magic key which unlocks children’s hearts and minds”

Tim Brighouse, former Chief Education Officer, Birmingham City Council

Although the Language Alive! work is based in Birmingham, we can tour the programmes to other areas across the West Midlands. Please get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more.



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