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Welcome to the 10th Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa.  Since the restrictions around Covid19 and closures of theaters, we have had to re-imagine how we deliver our festival program, and it is with great excitement that we bring you our very first virtual festival experience! Thank you for being a part of the celebration with us!

7 Day Festival Programme

WEBINAR (Live) – 13h00 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: Macbeth with Shelani van Niekerk
Time: 13h00 (SAST)
Duration: 75 min

Macbeth
We explore the relevance of this ideal Shakespearean tale. Do our ghosts visit us in the middle of our banquets? Who and what in our lives drives us? Are we motivated by the people around us or the power we so crave? All grade 11 learners are encouraged to join us, as we dissect this incredible material and take you through some of the most difficult questions they will give you in the exam paper.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 15h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 1hr 5 min
School: De La Bat School for Deaf learners
Play: Romeo & Juliet
Language: South African Sign Language
Duration: 30 min
School: Onalerona Arts Academy
Play: 10 monologues from William Shakespeare
Language: English
Duration: 15 min
School: Imsebe Yelanga Art Foundation
Play: Macbeth
Language: English and IsiZulu
Duration: 20 min

WEBINAR (Live) – 13h00 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: Hamlet with Kaulana Lynn Williams
Time: 13h00 (SAST)
Duration: 75 min

Hamlet
By giving his uncle a chance to confess, he allows himself the journey into his own emotions and mind. Matric students, this is your chance to really have a close up look into the mind of the man, Hamlet. Find out what his motives were, his intentions, his demons and his fears. What drives this man? Find out and have a blast with us discovering new and interesting ways to answer your exam questions.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 15h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 60 min
School: Pioneer School for visually impaired
Play: Romeo & Juliet
Language: English and Afrikaans
Duration: 32 min
School: Linga Creatives
Play: Hamlet Explained
Language: English, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans
Duration: 20 min
School: Noorte Teater Underworld IVKHK Estonia
Play: Macbeth
Language: Russian
Duration: 8 min

WEBINAR (Live) – 15h30 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: The Mark with Sivenkosi Gubangxa
Time: 15h30 (SAST)
Duration: 75 min

The Mark
Grade 10’s this one is for you. This book tackles ideas of post apocalyptic worlds where the struggle for survival is paramount, and everyone is on a mission to make sure their freedom remains theirs. How do we relate this book to our own lives? Does this novel give us the tools we may need to survive in our own context? What can we learn from young Juliet and her comrades? Find out in this incredible online webinar where we look at how best to answer these questions.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 19h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 1hr 2 min
School: Ekurhuleni Teens
Play: Merchant of Venice
Language: English
Duration: 30 min
School: Noorte Teater Underworld IVKHK Estonia
Play: Romeo and Juliet
Language: Estonian
Duration: 10 min
School: Art On Fleek Organization
Play: King Lear
Language: English and IsiZulu
Duration: 22 min

WEBINAR (Live) – 15h30 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: Life of Pi with Shelani van Niekerk
Time: 15h30 (SAST)
Duration: 75 min

Life of Pi
Although surreal in nature, this novel tackles ideas of spirituality, love, family and trust. How do we look at the life of this young man, stranded on a boat, in the middle of the ocean and how do we look at ourselves? Are we living metaphors that can relate, are we ‘in the same boat’? Can we identify with his struggles and the grappling’s he has within the context of his own life and see where we fall short? Or do we find moments of empathy in the idea of loss and self-introspection? All grade 12 learners will soon be asking these questions in their own lives. Join this webinar and find out how to explore these ideas and provide the best answers in your exam papers.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 19h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 44 min
School: KUCA
Play: Taming Of The Shrew
Language: English
Duration: 14 min
School: Rising Star Academy
Play: Macbeth
Language: English
Duration: 15 min
School: Rising Star Academy
Play: Romeo and Juliet
Language: English
Duration: 15 min

WEBINAR (Live) – 15h30 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: Poetry with Kaulana Lynn Will
Time: 15h30 (SAST)
Duration: 1hr 15 min

Poetry
Once may ask and one may answer. Oh what joy, what bliss.
To see why the man perspires, drops. When he gives her a kiss.
The rhyming schemes, for blush on cheeks and much pentameter used
Long winding curls, tales of husbands bashed, and beauteous wives abused.
Or is it love we look at here? With longing, with golden eyes.
Is it love we so deeply crave, or is it our demise
Join this webinar, you’ll enjoy it much. All grade encouraged to behave
Bring pen, paper and rhyming words. Full marks for you we’ll save.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 19h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 1hr 7 min
School: De Blac Art House
Play: The Merchant of Venice
Language: IsiZulu (English Subtitles)
Duration: 19 min
School: Unie Gospoda Artisti, Russia
Play: The Taming of the Shrew
Language: Russian
Duration: 33 min
School: Kids Haven Drama
Play: Julius Caesar Documentary – What Happened to Caesar?
Language: English, Afrikaans, Ndebele, IsiZulu
Duration: 23 min

WEBINAR (Live) – 15h30 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: Tsotsi with Sivenkosi Gubangxa
Time: 15h30 (SAST)
Duration: 75 min

A very special webinar. ITS HERITAGE DAY! Dress up in your favourite outfit that best describes you heritage. Have fun with it. We will! Our clothing will state how proud we are, of who we are! Join us

This academy award winning script had the nation is a tizz when it was first released. Join us and find out why this incredible story inspired millions of South Africans and caused global introspection. By realizing his new found responsibility “Tsotsi” who once lived by a code of violence, brought himself to the light through the life of the child he must now care for. How many of us have been forced to identify the hateful nature within ourselves? Do we allow ourselves to be redeemed? And are we moving towards the light? How much of yourself are you brave enough to see? Let us journey together and find out how important this novel is to us as South Africans growing up in a country that sometimes requires violence in order to be heard. We will explore so much more than exam questions here. We will explore ourselves. Grade 11 learners, this one is for you mostly, but all grades are encouraged to tune in.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 19h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 57 min
School: KASI RC Shack Art School & Theatre
Play: Dismantling & Homing Shakespeare
Language: IsiXhosa, Sesotho, Portuguese, Sign Language, Afrikaans & English
Duration: 35 min
School: De La Bat School for Deaf Learners
Play: Twelfth Night
Language: South African Sign Language
Duration: 30 min
School: Siyakhona Youth Group
Play: Macbeth
Language: English and IsiXhosa
Duration: 13 min

WEBINAR (Live) – 15h30 (SAST)

Webinar: Bayabuza Programme
Title: Romeo and Juliet with Shelani van Niekerk
Time: 15h30 (SAST)
Duration: 75 min

It is better to have loved and lost, that to never have loved at all.
How true are these words? Are we contented in life, loving for a brief moment, only to have the hatred and disapproval of our families tear it away? How do we love? Why do we love? Why is it important to stand our ground for what we believe in, even if it kills us? These two youngsters had a tough time reconciling their families’ differences. Do you struggle too? I know we do. There are certain times we must stand up for what is right, and for what unites people and not divides them. This webinar will focus on these issues. The ideas of love, loss, pain, true love, what it means to feel your heart on your sleeve and how you can stand up what you know is right. Grade 10 learners, your thoughts and questions will be answered. Join us. Let us journey together through this topic and find ourselves within the subject matter. See you there.

FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Streaming) – 19h00 (SAST)

You have the choice of watching the full exiting line up that we have put together for you and enjoy performances from all around the world, or you are free to jump ahead to support a specific school by selecting the group’s name below:

View: Full Day Showcase
Duration: 57 min
School: Grosvenor Girls High School
Play: Romeo & Juliet
Language: English
Duration: 2 min
School: Dream Work Productions
Play: Antony and Cleopatra
Language: English and IsiZulu
Duration: 45 min
School: KASI RC Shack Art School & Theatre
Play: Site Specific Shakespeare extracts
Language: IsiXhosa, Sesotho, Portuguese, Sign Language, Afrikaans & English
Duration: 10 min