What is the Festival?
Our Festival celebrates Shakespeare and the youth. We help these talented young people produce and perform their modern interpretation of an abridged Shakepsearean play, within a professional theatre environment. The festival is fully interactive, and provides guidance and resources through scripts, training, framework and feedback, allowing Learners and Educators to successfully direct and perform Shakespearean plays from the first line to the final bow.
Who can participate?
The festival is ideal for young people seeking to explore their potential in a fun-filled, developmental way while; simultaneously making their theatre debut on a professional stage in a non-competitive environment.
Our participants range from first-time drama groups to fully-fledged drama society, from learners who have never acted before to learners who have been with the festival throughout their schooling career.
SSFSA targets both Primary and High Schools, including Youth Art projects based in low-income communities and under-resourced areas.
We are committed to the inclusivity of all participants at our festival
and continue working with differently-abled students, including Deaf learners,
those with visual impairment, physical and mental disabilities.
Let your journey begin
If you would like your school to join our Festival, you can sign up to take part by completing our registration form.
Please get in touch with us if your school or group cannot afford to participate, but are eager to join our Festival. The Supported School programme might be the solution for you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp your queries to +27(0) 83 289 7741
Our international expansion
As a festival, we always look for opportunities for cross-cultural, continental collaborations and exchanges and would love to see our festival grow worldwide.
If you are interested in launching our festival in your country, please email email@example.com for more information.
We continue to make Shakespeare relevant in South Africa…
…by encouraging the schools to explore ways of creating unique productions analysing of the current events, cultural representation of various communities, as well as translating scripts into African languages.
Since 2009, SSFSA has showcased…
The festival has built the capacity of 693 teachers as drama and performance arts directors,
43 guest and student directors and 38 volunteer directors and facilitators.
Over ten years the festival has attracted a combined audience of 25 992 people around the country.
The SSFSA is fully interactive
We provide guidance and resources through scripts, training, framework and feedback, allowing Learners and
Educators to successfully direct and perform Shakespearean plays from the first line to the final bow.