The Cresset’s thriving Performing Arts Programme is dedicated to creating and providing opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to explore their individuality and celebrate their talents through various aspects of Performing Arts. The programme provides an excellent grounding for children and young adults who are interested in developing their skills purely because it’s something they are passionate about or even with a view to pursuing a career in the industry.

This programme is co-ordinated by our Performing Arts Development Officer, Monique Benoiton-Smith. Monique has a wealth of experience in Performing Arts having trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London and ranking up credits through her work in theatre, television, film and radio. Monique is still actively working in the industry as a Theatre Director, Choreographer and Producer.

CATS Presents Jukebox Musicals – Summer School 2022

Cresset Arts & Theatre School (CATS) are delighted to present a brand new summer school for 2022. With a Jukebox Musicals theme, Summer School will give young performers the opportunity to participate in workshops delivered by creative professionals in acting, singing and dance. The week culminates in a live stage performance on the Friday.

Summer School runs from Mon 8 – Fri 12 August 2022 9am to 5pm

The price per child for the week is £135

Get more information and register by clicking the button below. On submission you will receive an email with a link to submit your payment online. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please do contact us



Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Competition – “Our Queen’s Story”



To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022, The Cresset are running a competition for primary school children from across the City to present an important moment or event in The Queen’s life through the medium of performing arts – “Our Queen’s Story”.

This project is supported by Peterborough Reads and The National Literacy Trust, and part funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. We are passionate in promoting and encouraging the use of performing arts to develop language and communication skills as well as stimulating children’s creativity and expression. We feel this project is a fantastic way to do this, whilst celebrating a special moment in time that the children should be able to recall for many years to come.

Presentations can be performed as individuals or as whole classes and should be no longer than 5 minutes in duration. Each school can enter up to 7 presentations, possibly one from each year group or a single class with 7 individual presentations. It is up to each school to decide which presentations they wish to submit.


You can now watch all the competition entries by clicking on the button below!

Button reading View All Entries Here which links to the Jubilee entry webpage

The winners will be invited to participate in a VIP awards ceremony at The Cresset on 5th July 2022, and all the presentations will be available for public viewing in a month-long exhibition thereafter.

There are no costs to being involved in this project as this is supported by the Cresset’s Performing Arts Development Programme and The National Lottery Community Fund.


Stars of the Future: ‘Royal Facts’ by St. Botolph’s Church of England Primary School (Peterborough & Ely Class)
Best Ensemble Presentation: 
‘The Queen’s Coronation’ by John Clare Primary School (Lucy, Florence, Phoebe G, Tilly, Lilly, Matilda, Charlotte, Poppy T, Amber, Freya, Isabel H, Penelope, Ava, Millie, Roxie)
Most Creative Award: ‘Army’ by Thomas Deacon Academy (Aukse, Hasty, Sara)
Most Patriotic Award: ‘We’re Going On A Party Hunt’ by Heltwate Special Needs School (Magenta Class)
Third Place: ‘The Queen’s Love of Corgis’ by Heltwate Special Needs School (Coral Class)
Second Place: ‘Lilibet’ by Middleton Primary School (Dance Competition Club)
First Place: ‘The Queen & Prince Philip’ by Thomas Deacon Academy (Miss Small’s Dance Club – The Divergent Artistes)
The Cresset’s Choice Award: ‘The Queen & Prince Philip’ by Thomas Deacon Academy (Miss Small’s Dance Club – The Divergent Artistes)


Primary Dance Showcase

For many years, The Cresset has held two annual productions where we invite primary schools from across the Greater Peterborough area to take part in our Primary Dance Showcases. Each school is responsible for producing their own dance routine that fits in with the chosen theme for each production. The shows are well supported by schools and parents as it is such an unforgettable experience for children to be able to perform their routines in a professional theatre, with all the lights, effects and applause that they fully deserve.

Our next showcase will be taking place on 15th & 16th June 2022.

If you are interested in finding out more regarding these showcases, future dates and what’s involved, please contact Monique on

Dance On Board

This exciting showcase celebrates the vast talent that exists in dance and theatre schools from across the Greater Peterborough area.

With presentations of ballet, street, contemporary, tap, musical theatre, performing arts and more, it is a great way to see so many schools coming together and putting on a vibrant and diverse show.

If your dance or performing arts school would like to be involved in the next ;Dance On Board’ show, which takes place on Sunday, 13th November 2022, please email Monique –


The Cresset pantomime is always an event that we look forward to all year round and the planning starts well before the previous year’s show has even started.

We love the fact that this production provides a such great opportunity for local youngsters to perform under the direction of a professional team alongside professional artists.

Auditions for the pantomime are on 3rd and 4th September 2022. Read more and register here

Gallery – Beauty & the Beast 2021

The Performing Arts Programme has been running since the early 1990s, with a wide variety of events and productions. We will soon be updating this page with a gallery of previous events.

Outreach Programme – Musical Madness

During the truly difficult and unprecedented times that our children and schools experienced since the start of the Covid Pandemic, we felt it was even more important for our primary aged children to have an opportunity to express themselves through singing, dance and drama.

This project allowed children to work in their own school environment with either their teachers or our resident professional Director and Choreographer. Each school rehearsed over a number of weeks, with all presentations being recorded by a professional cameraman, edited and streamed online in a combined performance. This allowed children to experience another aspect of performing arts – performing to camera and being able to watch their own performance at home with their friends and family.

Gallery  – Click on a photo to view full size

It is essential to us that Performing Arts is accessible to children and young adults, regardless of their background or abilities.

We always welcome the opportunity to work with different organisations to explore new and innovative ways in which to make The Arts more accessible to the wider community. If you represent an organisation or creative group and would like to discuss opportunities for collaboration please do get in touch with Monique

Opened in 1997 with funding from the National Lottery, the air-conditioned dance studio is equipped with a sprung dance floor, full-length mirrors and barres. Students from age 3 up to adult enjoy a diverse mix of dance classes including ballet, street dance, contemporary dance, tap, and fitness classes.

For information on hiring the Dance Studio for classes or rehearsal space, please contact Pam Banham on 01733 842510 or email 

Open auditions for various productions take place throughout the year, including auditions for The Cresset Pantomime which are held every September. Details of any auditions will be posted here:

Pantomime Auditions
Auditions for our 2022 pantomime, Peter Pan, will be held on Sunday, 4th September 2022. Please keep this date free and watch this space for further information and application packs nearer the time. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest info!

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