The 9th Shakespeare School Fest South Africa (SSF SA) is heading to cities up north from 23 August 2019.

Shakespeare School Fest

The much anticipated cultural event kicked off at the Artscape and Baxter Theatres in Cape Town in April and May this year with great success.

The SSF SA is an education program aimed at improving language and social skills through the Performing Arts. It is Educape’s flagship initiative that was launched in 2010 by Kseniya Filinova-Bruton with the objective of strengthening the link between the arts and education. Since inception, the SSF SA has gone from 20 to 2000 participating youth and involved learners across the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.

Staging a Shakespeare play in a professional theatre is a challenge to be relished and the SSF SA is an ideal way for young people seeking to explore their potential in a fun, developmental way, simultaneously making their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. The SSF SA is fully interactive and provides guidance and the resources through scripts, training, frame work and feedback that equips learners and educators to successfully direct and perform Shakespearean plays from the first line to the final bow.

Shakespeare School Fest

Breakthrough performances

Schools prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the plays of their choice. By the end of this year’s festival, a total of 85 schools will have participated in the festival across the various provinces.

Notable breakthrough performances in the Cape came from the  De La Bat School for the Deaf using South African sign language (SASL) and the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired.  In Johannesburg, the Adelaide Tambo School for the Physically Challenged will be taking part in the festival and performing at Joburg Theatre, supported by BNP Dream Paribas Dream Up Foundation.

What: Shakespeare School Fest

Where and when: Makhanda 23, 24 August 2019 at Rhodes University | Durban from 4 to 8 September 2019 at the Durban Playhouse | George from 7 to 9 September 2019 at the George Arts Theatre | Joburg from 10 to 14 September 2019 at the Joburg Theatre