The Play House

The Play House provides exciting participatory theatre & drama to stimulate the learning of children

Operating as usual

Photos from The Play House's post 16/11/2023
Photos from The Play House's post 16/11/2023

We would like to share the sad news that our friend, colleague and former Artistic Director Iain Smith has passed away.
Company founder Steve Ball said " Iain was a dedicated and talented Teacher/Actor that touched the lives of thousands of children and hundreds of Teachers that he worked with. His professionalism, sense of humour and commitment helped lay the foundations for the company"
Iain worked with The Play House for 17 years, joining in 1989 to lead on the health and social education strands of the companies work. He earned the post ahead of the woman he would later marry. Our thoughts are with the Patel -Smith family.
An intelligent, sensitive, caring and thoughtful gentleman whose generosity of spirit, kindness, skill and wit will be sorely missed.


playhouse picnic.

1 week to go the weather is booked.

There will be be logs to sit on by the fire but you may like to bring a blanket for padding, ground sitting or even a folding chair.

Please bring your favourite picnic food I will toast marshmallows (vegan and halal options available) and popcorn (burnt and hard kernels also available) and make hot chocolate. (you might like to bring a mug for the hot choccy).

I will have some games supplies for the energetic/enthusiastic/foolhardy (delete as applicable)

Looking forward to catching up its been faaaaar toooooo looooooong.


We had the best time earlier this week at the Primary Artslink event, hosted by Bhavik Parmar at Birmingham Rep. Thank you Birmingham Arts School for organising this, we’re looking forward to the next one!

Birmingham Rep
Birmingham Arts School


We’re so pleased to share that The Play House has received funding from The Postcode Local Trust! What a fantastic award to support the wonderful work we do, thank you People's Postcode Lottery 🤩



We currently have 2 permanent job opportunities at The Play House. We are looking for an Executive Director to drive the company forward.

Also a Finance Officer to keep our finances on track.

Find out more at


The Play House is seeking to appoint a dynamic and visionary Executive Director!

Do you think you could be the right person to drive The Play House forward?



Yesterday was Juliet’s last day with us. We are so sad to see her leave after an impressive 30+ years with The Play House. Juliet Fry is the most amazing, wonderful, inspirational, caring person and we have been exceptionally blessed❤️Farewell, Juliet x


Check out The Play House Touring Programme for 2022 - 2023! We are now taking bookings for next academic year 🥳

Visit the Website:
Email: [email protected]
Contact Emily Lewis: 07305042918


Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating.


We are committing to employ storytellers from diverse backgrounds across the West Midlands. To support this pledge we have extended Anansi the Spider tour🕷 with Wolverhampton artist Grace Bennett, who has worked with us to develop this programme.

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