Riverside Performing Arts is a Theatre Company passionate about using storytelling to share a message of hope. our work aims to inspire faith & love to the communities in which we work.


About Us

Riverside Performing Arts

Since its foundation, Riverside Performing Arts has performed for and worked with well over 900,000 people in the UK and abroad, using the performing arts in dynamic and innovative ways to serve the community by communicating Christian truths and values and addressing issues relevant to the various age groups in which we work. We lead performances and workshops in a variety of settings such as schools, youth and community groups, churches, festivals and professional theatres.

Alongside the Theatre Company we also take 2-4 trainees per year from the Riverside Academy, run by Riverside Church. By choosing the performing arts pathway trainees can grow as creative, versatile and confident actors, inspired and skilled to use their performance gifts in the community


Riverside Performing Arts bring a professionalism, creativity and enthusiasm to events that is second to none. Their nativity show left many with both big grins but also tears from the moving experience they had seen.

Manager, Selly Manor

“All productions of Riverside Performing Arts are of a consistent, excellent standard; engaging even our youngest children who are 2 years old. Often there is a real, unique twist on familiar classics.”

Allens Croft Children’s Centre

“The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark is a fabulous and perfectly pitched show.”

StoryStock Festival Director

“Relevant content was poignant and thought provoking. ALL students were engrossed in the performance. Thank you Riverside Performing Arts for an excellent performance and engaging workshops.”

South Bromsgrove High School

Featured Project

snow’s white christmas 

 A Christmas treat for the whole school. Come on an adventure with us into the fairest panto in the land. A mixing of the nativity message with the fairytale Snow White Riverside Performing Arts presents ‘Snow’s White Christmas.’

Will the Queen manage to stop Snow and her band of seven elves from telling the story of Christmas? Or will Muddles the court jester and someone very special born at Christmas time help save the day? With all the fun and interaction of a traditional pantomime this all age show is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas.

With music, singing, dancing and a sprinkle of snow, make this a special treat not to be missed!

For more information click below!

Meet the team!

Naomi Woodruff

Head of RPA

Caroline Webb

Assistant Head

Becky Salt

Lead Actor

Lydia van Dijk

Lead Actor

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn How WE Work!

Are there ways I can I get involved?

Every year Riverside Performing Arts takes up to 4 trainees aged 18-30 as part of the Riverside Academy programme. Alongside the 9 month leadership and discipleship programme trainees who choose the performing arts pathway also have the opportunity to train and act with the Theatre Company during their time at the Academy. We also offer week-long work experience placements for 2 or 3 school age students per year. Younger members aged 6-12 can join us for REACT summer school to train in the performing arts at our yearly summer schools. Riverside Performing Arts also relies on a team of regular financial supporters who enable us to continue in our work by their generous charitable giving.

How far would you travel to do a performance or workshop?

Project prices on our website relate to performances undertaken in the Midlands area. We are happy to travel throughout the UK but this may incur an additional travel cost. This cost would be worked out at the time of booking enquiry.

Are you connected to a local church?

Riverside Performing Arts is one of the missional teams of Riverside Church, a multi-site church that meets in a number of gatherings across South Birmingham, affiliated to the Evangelical Alliance. We work in close connection with the church in our mission and vision.

I have an idea for a project I would like but I can’t see anything that fits in with it on your website. Can you help?

We are happy to discuss tailor making projects for your own requirements be this a performance, workshop or a longer residency project.

How much do your performances and workshops cost?

Please see each individual projects for prices. However, we would never want cost to be a barrier so please do ring us directly to discuss costs if this is an issue.

Do you require a stage or PA for your performances?

Our performances generally do not require a stage and we bring all of our own PA and, where appropriate, microphones with us. At the time of booking, we can discuss hall/ room size required for the performance or workshop booked.