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

Our pedagogy and practice has been developed over 30 years working in proud partnership with Birmingham and Midlands schools. Since 1986, we have built a reputation for delivering high quality, engaging programmes supported by comprehensive and practical resources for teachers. 


Meet our core company team members!


Artistic Director

Juliet Fry is the Artistic Director of The Play House Theatre in Education Company. She began her career as a drama teacher in the Black Country before joining the company as a teacher/actor many moons ago. 


Juliet has over 20 years’ experience creating and delivering Theatre in Education programmes for schools.  She has been lucky enough to work with many different artists, children, educators and academics both nationally and internationally with Play House projects.


Juliet's says her continuing belief in the power of drama to develop and deepen children’s understanding of the world is why she has remained so enthusiastic and passionate about the company's  development.   She is very proud of The Play House family and all the wonderful people who have helped it survive and flourish.  


Lead Teacher/Actor

Malcolm Graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1991 with a Theatre Arts degree.


He has worked for the last 30 years in applied theatre and education settings nationally and internationally. He has taught at St Paul’s school for children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, been a Course Leader for a Performing Arts Course at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and worked with many of the Midlands leading Theatre in Education companies.


He has been at The Play House since 2004 helping to develop the companies’ unique style of participatory theatre in Birmingham Primary schools.


He sometimes gets mistaken for Lee Evans though, as far as we know, Lee never gets mistaken for Malcolm.


General Manager

As General Manager Laura is responsible for the fundraising, development, implementation and management of the financial and operational needs of The Play House which supports the delivery of the organisation's work.

Laura has extensive arts administration experience with an MA in Arts and Project Management and having held roles at Arts Council England, the National Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Stan's Cafe. As well as working at The Play House Laura undertakes freelance work within the arts sector and is a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University.


Schools Partnerships Coordinator

Aliyah is a recent graduate of The University of Birmingham where she studied English Language.

Aliyah has previously interned with The Hippodrome's Learning and Participation team, and freelanced as a Youth Assistant for the Young REP. As Schools Partnerships Coordinator, Aliyah is responsible for spreading the word about the Play House's programme, and  building relationships with the lovely people who book our work. She's very happy to answer any questions or queries you might have about the Play House's work, so feel free to drop her a line using the contact details below!


To book a programme, or enquire about a piece of work please email Aliyah at:  
To make a general enquiry or reach a different team member email:


The Play House,
c/o, Birmingham Repertory Theatre,
Broad St,
B1 2EP
United Kingdom

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