ACTive Stories drama workshops

Experience books from a new perspective using the skills and techniques of professional theatre. 


With the guidance of an expert drama facilitator the children experience books from a new perspective as they develop their feelings and thoughts about your chosen story.

Drama exercises enable the children to imagine and explore the characters, context and topics from new angles.

Each drama workshop can last between 35 and 90 minutes depending on your chosen book/topic, and we can work with children from EYFS to KS2.

The Growing Library

Your children will gain deep insights into the book you select as we use the highest quality drama to focus their natural playfulness and harness their imaginations.

These titles are available now and we’re creating new ACTive Stories workshops all the time.

If you’d like to work on a different book just let us know. With advance notice we can make your workshop next at no extra charge!

These books are already available:

Reception and KS1:

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
by Michael Rosen

Owl Babies
by Martin Waddell

The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle

The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister

The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson

Stick Man
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

What the Ladybird Heard
by Julia Donaldson

KS1 and KS2:

George’s Marvellous Medicine
by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox
by Roald Dahl

by Roald Dahl

The Twits
by Roald Dahl

The Magic Finger
by Roald Dahl


Billionaire Boy
by David Walliams


Studying Fairytales?

We also have a wide range of traditional fairytales available with our ACTive Fairytales workshops, for EYFS, KS1 and KS2! Click here for more info.


To get the best out of our visit children should be familiar with the books in advance.  This is particularly the case for longer and more complex books at KS2. However if you'd like to use a workshop to introduce a topic just let us know!

What you need to know

Workshop leader: An experienced drama facilitator, with a current Enhanced DBS check.

Age range: Reception to Year 6 (with Nursery versions of appropriate workshops). P1 to P7 in Scotland.

Location: In your school hall

Group size: Up to 30 children per class.

Minimum booking lengths: Bookings as short as one class for one hour are available to schools inside the M25, and also in Oxfordshire. We hope to offer this flexibility in other parts of the country in due course.

For schools in and south of Birmingham, and in and east of Bristol the minimum booking is a half-day. Elsewhere in the country the minimum booking is a full day.