Book Week

Celebrate your book week with our literacy workshops for primary schools and our musical all about books! Our workshops bring creative learning experiences to primary schools that children will never forget.

We're also now taking bookings for World Book Day 2019 - Thursday 7th March! If you're interested in any of the workshops below for 2019 please get in touch soon to reserve the best date for you.

Bringing Books to LifeLiteracy MusicalsShakespeare Today | ACTive Stories

Bringing Books to Life through Dance


Bringing Books to Life dance workshops give children a new take on books and teach them an active approach to storytelling.

Our choreographer will work with each class, developing responses to the books through language, movement and dance. We use a range of techniques and music, and differentiate each session to suit the interests and age of the children.

Book choices include 20 of the UK's most popular and beloved children's books, from Roald Dahl to Maurice Sendak and Julia Donaldson.

See our full range of books on our Bringing Books to Life webpage.

Learn more and read testimonials from teachers UK-wide!

Literacy Musical: Jungle Bungle


Our literacy musicals encourage children to engage with reading in an active and imaginative manner.

Jungle Bungle explores an original story, is peppered with audience participation and features popular children's books which you can read and explore with the children:

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside

If you're looking for a musical performance at your school before 1 February 2018 we can visit you with our other literacy musical, Jump to It!

To learn more visit our Jungle Bungle page

Shakespeare Today

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Shakespeare Today workshops enable your school to explore and perform an entire play in just one day!

Imagine a Shakespeare play being brought to life in your school hall, performed by the children of your school. Your children will grow in confidence as they work with original text and narrative under the guidance of one of our talented actors.

We will work with Reception to Year 6 class by class, using sections of the play that have been tailored for each age group. At the end of the day all year groups perform the entire play to each other.

During autumn and the first half of the spring term you can choose A Midsummer Night's Dream or Macbeth. From the end of February 2018 you can choose A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Tempest

Learn more and read reviews from past workshops.

ACTive Stories drama workshops

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ACTive Stories workshops bring children into the heart of a book by encouraging them to live and breathe the story.

We have taken our favourite techniques drawn from professional theatre and turned them into drama games and exercises which inspire children to harness their imaginations. Our expert drama facilitators are masters at turning a book from something children are told to read into something they want to experience.

Choose a title from our book selection or suggest your own!

See our book selection and learn more about ACTive Stories here.

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Workshop Practicalities

Age range: Reception to Year 6

Group size: Up to 30 children per class, up to 7 classes per day

Requirements: An empty school hall 

Absolutely amazing. The children loved the sessions and got so much out of them - not only linked to the story but drama techniques and dance.
— St Germans Primary School, Assistant Headteacher. Bringing Books to Life - September 2016
Both pupils and staff were inspired and loved every minute. It was a delight to see those who are so quiet normally really come out of their shells and perform.
— Willow Wood Community Primary School, Year 6 Teacher. Shakespeare Today - November 2016

Show Practicalities

Age range: Reception to Year 6

Group size: Up to 250 children per performance. 1-3 performances per day

Requirements: Just an empty school hall - we bring everything else

The whole school had an amazing time. I was privileged to watch one of the performances and it was great to see our youngest nursery children aged 3 and our oldest year 6 children aged 11 all enjoy themselves. They were captivated
— Vaughan Primary School, Deputy Head. Aladdin - December 2016
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