Anansi the Trickster:
Drama Workshop


Join Anansi the trickster in a drama workshop about one of the most important characters in West African folklore

Explore one of the most famous Anansi tales, ‘Anansi and the Sky God’, which is about the origin of stories. The workshop is perfect as an introduction to West African folklore and as a celebration of Black History Month, October 2019.

Originating in stories from the Ashanti and Akan people in Ghana, Anansi is often known as a trickster, a spider, and is considered to be the god of stories. During the workshop children use drama to explore the tale about Anansi and recreate his world. KS1 get into the heads of the characters and join Anansi on his quest, while KS2 delve into the origins of the Anansi tales and explore how they have spread around the world and changed over time.

Children from Reception to Year 6 work class by class alongside an expert drama facilitator. By exploring the story children through drama children can experience it first-hand and improve their cultural understanding.

Learning Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of one of the most famous stories about Anansi by experiencing it first-hand.

  • To explore different ways of communicating, both verbally and physically.

  • To develop creative ownership and the imagination by working alongside a professional actor-facilitator.

  • To improve cultural understanding by exploring this key character in West African folklore.


An experienced drama facilitator experienced in working with primary school children, with a current Enhanced DBS check.


Storytelling through drama and movement, exploring an important character in West African folklore.


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