Stories & Shakespeare drama workshops for Key Stage 2 (KS2)

Inspire your Key Stage Two (KS2) pupils with tales, myths and legends from around the world.

Our story drama workshops are a great way to celebrate World Book Day, Black History Month or to support history topics like the Egyptians or Ancient Greece. All of the drama workshops are available all year round and are delivered by our specialist facilitator who will ensure that every child is involved in bringing the story to life.

Our Shakespeare drama workshops are ideal for KS2 pupils, helping them to access the language, characters and world of your chosen play in an interactive format. 

  • Stories from Africa
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West

    See the tales of How Anansi became King of all the Stories and How the Zebra got his Stripes dramatically unfold as your pupils create vibrant African scenes.

    Also available in large group format for up to 120 children.

    "The 'Stories from Africa' session that children took part in linked brilliantly to our topic on African animals. The facilitator was a fantastic enthusiastic story teller and we loved that all children had a chance to be included in the story telling."
    Amy Saddington, English Martyrs' Catholic Primary, Birmingham

  • Stories from Asia
    • Greater London & Essex

    Immerse your children in the ancient world of gods and goddesses and wise gurus as they explore two tales from sacred Hindu texts. Including the story of Rama and Sita, this is the perfect accompaniment to Diwali celebrations. 

    This is also available in large group format for up to 120 children.

    "The children thought it was really fun and loved joining in. The session was very interactive and high energy. It complemented our International Week and helped make it a celebration."
    Clare Constant, CET Primary School, Tower Hamlets

  • Isis and Osiris
    • Greater London & Essex

    Take a trip down the Nile to meet the famous pharaoh and his queen as your class explore the exotic world of Ancient Egypt. 

    "The pupils opened up and gained confidence to talk in front of an audience. It allowed them to express their skills as young drama students and certainly gave me more ideas for next term's drama lessons."
    Tom Duerden, Eleanor Smith School, Plaistow, Newham

  • King Midas
    • Greater London & Essex

    Decide if King Midas’ golden touch is a gift or a curse as your pupils visit his palace and bring this Ancient Greek myth to life. 

    "Children loved participation and can still remember story now months later."
    Cathy Meredith, Smarden Primary, Kent

  • The Prince and the Pauper
    • Greater London & Essex

    Discover what happens when a prince and a pauper trade clothes and trade lives! Get whisked away to Tudor England in Mark Twain’s tale of mistaken identity.  

    "Children were fully engaged at all times, really enjoyed themselves and got a lot out of the experience. The workshop was a great mix of learning about history and storytelling. It generated a lot of discussion back in class."
    Michael Kelleher, Corpus Christi Primary School, Lambeth

  • Shakespeare
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Introduce your class to Shakespeare in a fun and accessible way. Bring one of the Bard’s famous plays to life, exploring the plot, experimenting with the language and taking on a host of captivating characters.

    Choose from the following plays:

    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Macbeth
    • Hamlet
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • The Tempest
    • Twelfth Night 

    "Excellent drama workshop allowing children to develop their understanding of the story of Twelfth Night as well as the characters. Excellent value for money."
    Jackie Hunt, Beaconside Primary, Birmingham

  • Quest for Oliver Twist
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Creep down dark Dickensian streets to meet orphan Oliver, uncovering his family history and braving a visit to the workhouse and Fagin’s den. 

    "Engaging, inspirational and educational. It was even better than we expected and very well received by children, library staff and parents. We sometimes struggle to get children to borrow books relating to the topic after events but this time all the books went and I really felt the children's imaginations were sprung into life due to the excellent delivery."
    Josie Caplehorne, Welling Library, Bexley

  • Large Group Storytelling
    • Greater London & Essex

    Your pupils will be drawn into three traditional tales as our storyteller plays with language, invites the children to take on a variety of roles and explores the morals of the stories presented. Choose from the following story sets:

    • The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, and Thumbelina 

    • The Cracked Pot, The Fearsome Giant, and The Cedar Tree 

    • The Pied Piper, The Cobblestone Maker, and The Lion and The Mouse 

    "The facilitator was an excellent storyteller with very good use of humour and acting skills which kept the children and adults alike very entertained!"
    Yasmin Begum, Rotherhithe Primary, Rotherhithe

  • Quest for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Step through the wardrobe and get swept up in the magic of Narnia as your children explore C.S. Lewis’ timeless classic. But when the time comes, will they want to return? 

    "Well pitched for all ages and abilities, good fun, a lot was learnt and achieved in a short space of time. It was just what I was hoping it would be!"
    Lucy Hall, Reay Primary, Brixton 

  • Large Group Festive Storytelling
    • Greater London & Essex

    Perfect as an end-of-term treat to get you into the festive spirit, delight your pupils with magical tales from around the world. 

    "The storytelling and excitement level for the children was great! The whole adventure was multi-sensory and everyone was engaged and involved in the experience."
    Emma Burns, Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy, Birmingham

  • Shakespeare's Life and Times
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West

    Discover more about the man behind the plays. Explore the celebrated playwright’s life in Stratford and London, the context of the Tudor period in which he was writing and his remarkable literary legacy.  

    "Fantastic opportunity to explore the language of Shakespeare in a fun and engaging way."
    Sarah McNeill, Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas CE Primary, Essex

  • Quest for Treasure Island
    • Greater London & Essex

    Explore the novel’s characters and experience what life would have been like for a pirate onboard Long John Silver’s ship, tackling riddles and activities a-plenty!

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