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 from the page to the stage. 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. 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 venue’s professional technicians to prepare for the ultimate adventure in learning, alongside 3 local participating schools.