Writer’s Block

April 12, 2016 by TDLP

Writer’s Block is a 45 minutes interactive children’s show that inspires children, families and teachers to story-tell in new ways aimed at Reception and Year 1 age groups.


Told from a giant 3D book, the Storybuilder is excited to share a new story with the children but he keeps getting stuck, getting writer’s block, and his inspiration needs the children’s help with new ideas to move his story on. Using books, pictures, household objects, games with word blocks and story maps, the participating audience are introduced to inspiring new ways to start, structure and share stories. The children are encouraged to explore vocabulary, sentence structure, phonics through song, movement and play.

Writers Block inspires schools, teachers, families and children to build new relationships to books, words, stories and libraries.

‘Really enjoyed the show and the imaginative use of props, especially the giant book!’

‘Having the children visit the school library was a excellent way of promoting a love of books and reading’ Vicarage Primary School

‘It was great, the kids were encouraged and shown how to make up their own stories’ Library staff

‘This was a dynamic and child friendly performance’ Parent from Newham

‘The interaction with the kids was a highlight’ Parent from Newham

Outcomes: Early Years Foundation Stage

Given the right inspiration, tools and starting points anyone can be confident to create a story. Stories can be told and recorded in many ways – this interactive adventure allows families to experience language and stories in a very physical way that can be inclusive of all languages, cultural responses and supports the belief that anyone can create and tell a story with multiple endings! The project builds confidence with language through gross and fine motor skill development that is the preparation for reading and writing.

Writers Block supports Early Year Foundation Stage prime areas of learning and their goals especially in the following: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social & Emotional, Literacy, Understanding the world, Maths, Expressive Arts.


Staff Inset, Training & Professional Development

TDLP also offer a bespoke inset training session aimed at teachers and librarians. The training session introduces 4 ways to write and tell a story with young children as well as discussions around SEN and ESL.

‘I feel confident story telling to children in my library’

‘I feel confident using the toolkit to improve story telling in my library’

‘I have an understanding
 of literacy and child development in pre school children’

Newham Community Neighbourhood library staff


Why not have your own giant book

TDLP can custom-design a giant fold-up books for you to keep. They store neatly and fold away and are made to measure.

Who we are:

Stratford Circus’ associate artists Tea Dance for Little People (TDLP) would be commissioned to deliver this project. TDLP design interactive and immersive installations in unusual spaces that encourage artists and families to explore their creative and physical potential through sensory play. They look at the potential of spaces to engage children and encourage a physical and emotional response. TDLP are a dynamic collective of artists and performers who believe stories can be told through any art form and that responses can be visual, sensory and physical.


Writer’s Block is a flexible show that can be brought to you in your nursery, school or local library.

Get in time 45mins – get out time 30mins
Ideal space size is 3m x 4m (a room for the day)
Access to a plug socket
Maximum number of audience 30 children plus at least 2 staff
Please note: One performance to a group of 30 children introduces EYSF or is considered a springboard to a multi faceted approach, which aims to support the school and nursery consolidate their EYFS work.


1 day: includes 4 shows for upto 30 children and their teachers/staff £1500
2 days: includes 8 shows for upto 30 children and their teachers/staff £2400

Family shows (twilight times, for themed days, festivals, weekends) please contact info@tdlp.co.uk

 Staff inset training:

Half a day £350 up to 25 staff
1 day £550 up to 50 staff

Custom built giant book – please contact info@tdlp.co.uk

Writers Block

Produced by Sally-Anne Donaldson 

Written by Becky Overton

Music by Lucy Shaw and Jay Harris

Performed by Paul Rubenstein, Marit Vestby and Holly Rivers

Partners: Stratford Circus, Arts Council, Newham Council and Newham Neighbourhood Centres



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