The Shakespeare School’s Festival South Africa

3 – 14 March 2020 | The Fugard Theatre | Tue – Sun 7pm | R95

From 3 to 14 March 2020 the first round of the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa in the Western Cape will take place at The Fugard Theatre.

Marking its 10th anniversary, for the first time since the festivals inception in 2010, the initial performance showcase will be longest yet, taking place over eleven days with 34 schools participating from Cape Town and surrounds, including suburbs like Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Westlake, Delft, Bishop Lavis, Pinelands, Athlone, Claremont, Zonnebloem, Wynberg, Swartland, Hermanus, Strand, Hout Bay, Stellenbosch and Worcester.

Participating schools prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice and their bonsai interpretations are an excellent learning and teaching tool. Staging a Shakespeare play in a professional theatre is a challenge to be relished, and the SSFSA is an ideal way for young people to explore their potential in a fun, developmental way, simultaneously making their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. Throughout the preparation process, the SSFSA also provides guidance and resource through scripts, training, frame work and feedback that equips Learners and Educators to successfully direct and perform their Shakespearean plays from the first line to the final bow.

Donate a ticket to The Fugard Theatre’s production of Hamlet

When you buy your ticket for the Shakespeare Schools Festival online or through the Fugard Theatre Box office, make a donation of R100 which will ensure a learner who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the production, can see the Fugard Theatre’s 2020 production of Hamlet which takes place from the 21st of July 2020.

Hamlet and other Shakespearean works still remain within the South African school curriculum and learners are examined on their knowledge of these texts in Grades 10, 11 and 12. By engaging in the live performances of the texts that learners are studying, has shown to greatly impact their marks in class as well as their confidence when tackling their English exams.

 

About The SSFSA

The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSFSA) is defined as an educational program aimed at improving language and social skills through the Performing Arts. SSFSA prides itself on being a fully inclusive event that welcomes all Learners without prejudice, including those facing different abilities and challenges. Pioneered by its Founder, Kseniya Filinova-Bruton from Educape, the SSFSA’s main objective which is to strengthen the link between the Arts and education. The festival has grown from an event with 20 participants to one that attracts more than 2000 youth each year across the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape and that number is growing each year.

You can read more about the Shakespeare Schools Festival on their website at https://www.ssfsa.co.za/

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Swartland High School
The Merchant of Venice

Westerford High School
The Merry Wives of Windsor

Leiden High School
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Afrikaans)

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Parel Vallei High School
Othello

Worcester Gymnasium
Twelfth Night

Hermanus High School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Rhenish Girls’ High School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Westlake Primary School
Othello

American International School Cape Town
Much Ado About Nothing

Desmond Mpilo High School
Macbeth

Friday, 6 March 2020

Chris Hani Arts and Culture Focus School
Romeo and Juliet

Victoria Park Primary
The Comedy of Errors

Blouberg International School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, 7 March 2020

We Few
The Taming of the Shrew

Generation Schools Blue Moon
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pioneer School for the Blind
Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Curro Century City
Othello

Athlone High School
Macbeth

Darul Arqam Islamic School
Twelfth Night

Khayelitsha Art School and Rehabilitation Centre (KASI RC)
Romeo and Juliet

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Herschel Girls School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Herschel Girls School
Macbeth

South Peninsula High School
Hamlet

Schoonspruit Sekondêr
Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Fairmont High School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ramsay’s High Drama Group
Romeo and Juliet

Parklands College
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Zonnebloem Nest Senior School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fish Hoek Primary School
Romeo and Juliet

Hoërskool Strand
Twelfth Night

Friday, 13 March 2020

Wynberg Boys’ High School
Macbeth

Wynberg Girls’ Junior School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wynberg Boys’ Junior School
The Taming of the Shrew

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Lalela Hout Bay
The Tempest

Vista Nova High School
As You Like

De La Bat School for the Deaf
The Taming of the Shrew