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Live Tales Free Workshops for KS2 Classes

Free, fun, inspiring story writing workshops in Newcastle, Sunderland & online for Key Stage 2 Classes

Observe your class embrace creativity as worlds are built, characters come to life, and ideas spark excitement and confidence. See them explore original thinking and discover their voice as they write their own stories.

Live Tales Story Writing Workshops gives your pupils the chance to create an original story with brand new characters that are illustrated live as the children create them.  Every child leaves with their illustrated story to inspire them to carry on writing at school or at home.

Live Tales Play Makers introduces the class to story and script writing in a playful online workshop, using games to look at characters, storytelling and dialogue. 

Workshops take place at our studios in Newcastle, just behind Live Theatre or in Sunderland at The Fire Station, High Street West, SR1 3HA or online.

Both workshops are ideal for classes and teachers looking for a new creative experience and can help your class through:
* Working as a team to tell stories
* Building resilience and self-confidence by sharing creative ideas
* Developing English speaking and listening

Supports Arts Award and ArtsMark.

Current Timetable - all sessions run during term time
Wednesdays (Online) 1-2:30pm (we can be flexible with this time) Play Makers
Thursdays (Newcastle) 10am-12pm Story Writing Workshop OR Play Makers
Fridays (Newcastle) 10am-12pm Story Writing Workshop OR Play Makers

When emailing please state which workshop you would like to book. We welcome schools to book both workshops.

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Donate to our Children and Young People's fund

Live Theatre's volunteers are an incredible group of people who give a wealth of energy and enthusiasm to the work of the theatre. Volunteer roles involve supporting and encouraging children and young people to write and illustrate their stories. All volunteers receive ongoing training and support, a programme of social events and some discounts at Live Theatre. Live Tales writing and illustration mentors volunteer at both our Newcastle and Sunderland sites.

Find out more about volunteering

To join Live Theatre's thriving group of volunteers, download the form below and email it to or return to Live Theatre in person or by post to

Live Tales, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ

Volunteer Application Form

Feedback from teachers

"The children loved the session and asked if they could carry on with another 'Yes and' story.  They then set themselves a challenge to create a whole class version.  They had to go round everyone before lunch to complete the tale.  They were still talking about it well into the afternoon.  Thanks again for the session it was excellent."
Mr Boyle, Y5 teacher, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Southmoor


"We have had an amazing morning - a whole half term's worth in 90 minutes!  The children had a great time!"
Mrs Howe, St Alban's Primary School, Gateshead

"It was lovely to be able to give them the freedom to come up with anything they liked in their stories - I will definitely be stealing some of those ideas!"
Mr Evans, Greenfields Community Primary School, Newcastle

Feedback from pupils

"It was extremely fun and amazing!  Thank you for the lovely lesson!"

"Brilliant!  Interesting!  Hilarious!"

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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