How It Works

How it works?

We provide all the resources you need in order to help your school put on a Shakespeare performance in a professional theatre.

The process is simple. We’ll guide you every step of the way, so whether you’re experienced in drama or have never directed a play before, you’ll have support and guidance from the first step to the final curtain.

A brief overview of the six stages of taking part in Shakespeare Schools Festival is below, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


6 easy steps to begin the journey

Step 1 - Register your School

The Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSF SA) is an opportunity for your young adults to make their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment. We provide the scripts, resources, training and framework you need to direct Shakespeare with your students.

Step 2 - Pick your Play

We provide 21 abridged Shakespeare plays, including 9 that have been specially abridged for Primary Schools (indicated with an * on your right of the screen), so you can choose the script that best suits you and your students.

Step 3 - Get Resources

Once you have Registered you will receive an email containing all the rehearsal resources you need to take your production a�?from the page to the stage.a��A� In time we will provide a login for you on this website via which you can access these resources and the SSF SA community for support from fellow participants, so watch this space.

Step 4 - Teacher Workshops

SSF SA offers teachers an exciting opportunity to experience being a director.A� The workshop imparts directorial techniques designed to make Shakespeare accessible and exciting to your young cast.

Step 5 - Your cast attend a Cast Workshop

We’ll match you up with another local school for a half-day pupils workshop with theatre professionals. This workshop includes work on storytelling, character, voice, ensemble building and staging techniques; your students will leave feeling inspired and excited about their Performance Day.

Step 6 - Your cast perform!

Its showtime! Each school arrives at the theatre early for technical and dress rehearsal with the venuea��s professional technicians to prepare for the ultimate a�?adventure in learninga��, alongside 3 local participating schools.