Lockdown Act Up is an online Festival of Poetry and Drama 2021 for schools.

We are a group of teachers who wish to support each other and our students to develop performance and creative writing opportunities that will inspire, challenge and enrich them in this time of lockdown…and beyond.

Join us in celebrating student performances and writing in poetry and drama.

Lockdown Act Up is a digital platform for students to 

  • Participate in performance work
  • Strengthen their understanding and knowledge of poetry and drama monologues  
  • Submit their performances to a festival to reach a wider audience

This is a schools’ festival for schools, run by schools.

Who are we?

Led by Kirstie Stark, Head of Arts, Bluecoat Wollaton Academy and supported by Martha Toogood, Arts Enrichment Lead, Archway Learning Trust

We are working with The Mighty Creatives, Nottingham Playhouse, The Young Creatives Award, Manjit Sahota, Coda Education and teachers across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derby to share ideas, resources and expertise to create a new festival that supports and encourages young people to express themselves.

Key concepts

Opportunities for young people in school to take part in performing poetry or monologues – published or their own – and be part of festival celebrating their performance skills and talents. To do something for fun and take the opportunity to Act Up!

There are separate categories for different age groups in Primary and Secondary schools. Students’ work will be submitted digitally by their teachers.


14th May 2021 Closing date for entries.

17th June 2021 Festival event online.