ACTive Fairytales drama workshops

Explore fairytales using the skills and techniques of professional theatre. 

ACTive Tales Drama Workshop

From Goldilocks and the Three Bears to Jack and the Beanstalk, our ACTive Fairytales workshops investigate traditional fairytales from a totally new perspective. 

Our facilitators are not only experts at exploring stories with children, but they're also professional actors. Using techniques drawn from professional theatre, children can develop their feelings and ideas about the story while immersing themselves in the world of the tale. 

You choose up to 3 fairytales to focus on per day, and drama exercises bring out the best of the children's imaginations.

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

The Fairytale workshop selection

Title EYFS & KS1 Lower KS2 Upper KS2
Goldilocks and the Three Bears X X
Little Red Riding Hood X X
Cinderella* X X
Jack and the Beanstalk X X
Rumplestiltskin X X
The Pied Piper of Hamelin X
The Elves and the Shoemaker X X X
Hansel and Gretel X X
The Little Match Girl X X
The Little Mermaid* X
The Princess and the Pea X X X
The Emperor's New Clothes X
The Ugly Duckling X X

*The workshops explore child-friendly versions of the original fairytales, which are often very different from well known adaptations such as those by Disney. Each session is carefully tailored to the age group but if you have any questions about whether content is suitable please ask!


To get the best out of our drama workshops children should be familiar with the fairytales in advance. However if you'd like to use the workshop to introduce the 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).

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.