We have updated and improved our Story Explorer workshops, now focusing on over 10 contemporary book options! Take a look here.

Story Explorer workshops - EYFS, KS1 & KS2


Explore the characters and stories of these fabulous books in a dramatic new way!

Using skills learned on the stages of the West End we use a range of drama games and exercises centred on listening, communication, imagination and character exploration to explore your chosen book.

For EYFS and KS1 we read the story at the start of the session - though it is even better if you have done so beforehand. For KS2 we ask that the children are familiar with the story in advance so we can dive straight in.

Through a range of drama games the children will investigate how the characters feel and what motivates them.  We discuss a range of emotions – including fear, excitement and happiness and in some cases create an emotion orchestra to help express what we discover.

For each class workshop you can choose one of these four books:

  • It's the Bear! by Jez Alborough - where we also explore and play with the rhyme and rhythm of the text.

  • No Matter What by Debi Gliori - where we make an emotion orchestra.

  • Not Now, Bernard by David McKee - a hilarious book with wonderfully expressive illustrations for the youngest readers and strong values and meanings for older children.

  • The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo - a wonderful KS2 book about the Great War that's definitely not just for Christmas!

We suggest covering a maximum of two or three books per day.

The teachers were raving about the workshops, they thought they were fantastic and the storyteller who led them was brilliant, creative and managed the children extremely well
— School Administrator - Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School

What you need to know

The storyteller: An experienced, professional actor experienced in working with children

Topics: Storytelling, imagination, emotions of characters, responding to the story, sound of words, sounds of the story.

Age range: Nursery to Year 6.

Location: In your school hall, or an empty room of a good size.

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, 3 classes per morning, and 3 classes per afternoon. Larger schools may need multiple days.