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Playhouse provides school children with a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on Theatre Royal Plymouth’s stage! Delivered across the UK, Playhouse is a unique participatory theatre project that connects schools with professional theatres, script writers and theatre makers, so they may be inspired and empowered to experience the benefits of professional theatre making.

This year, seven Devon & Cornwall based primary schools will take over TRP’s Drum Theatre for a week which will reimagine the traditional school play with performances which will excite, delight and inspire its audiences. In bringing their characters to life, children are able to have heartfelt, authentic conversations about big issues in the world today and learn to express themselves freely as they experience the joy of theatre.

“I can be who I really am”

Previous Playhouse performer


Schools performing in this years festival are:

Sir Robert Geffery’s School

Manadon Vale Primary School

Hyde Park Junior School

Ernesettle Community School

Weston Mill Primary School

Boringdon Primary School

Prince Rock Primary School


About the play’s:

Mollie of the Midfield by Jane Thornton

‘Let us tell you the story of young Mollie Wicks… Who moved to our school at the start of year six. Starting again is a hard thing to do. You’re missing your friends and everything’s new.’

Mollie is absolutely football made, and she is great! But can a girl take the final penalty?

The Last (plastic) Straw by Rachael Mainwaring

‘Once upon a time. On a planet much like ours. In a country much like theirs. On a road much like yours. There was a house much like mine.’

The adults are ‘too busy’ to listen to worries about plastic waste in our oceans. Who can make them listen?

Lia & the Massive Elephantsnot Ball by Gary Owen

‘I’m Lia. I’m in year 6 now but, years and years ago, in Reception, I had a fantastic idea.’

Lia is leaving the school. But who will claim her massive ball of Elephantsnot? (blue tac, to you or I.)

Refund by Lydia Marchant

‘Frankie’s earned literally a billion gold coins. But she needs 100 REAL LIFE pounds to buy the pack… Mum’s card’s saved to the tablet, right?’

Frankie knows mums credit card details. But what is the value of money in the gaming world of Elysium?

Important information

Running time:
30 minutes


Additional Information: Strictly no filming or photography of this performance


In collaboration with our partner theatres York Theatre Royal, Theatr Iolo & Landmark Theatres. 

Find out more information here


Please note – most of our productions feature flashing lights and loud sounds.  

If you require this information prior to booking, please check back for updates or call our Box Office on 01752 267222.