Shakespeare Schools Festival celebrates 10 years and a new association with the Fugard Theatre
27 February 2020
2020 marks the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa’s 10th anniversary, a remarkable milestone.
The first round of the annual festival in the Western Cape will be taking place from 3 – 14 March at the Fugard Theatre, one of the Mother City’s most iconic theatre venues that will also be celebrating its first decade this year.
A total of 34 schools from areas like Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Westlake, Delft, Bishop Lavis, Pinelands, Athlone, Claremont, Zonnebloem, Wynberg, Swartland, Hermanus, Strand, Hout Bay, Stellenbosch and Worcester will participate in the showcase. Schools prepare and perform 30-minute abridged versions of the Shakespeare play of their choice.
The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSFSA) is defined as an educational program aimed at improving language and social skills through the Performing Arts. The SSFSA prides itself on being a fully inclusive event that welcomes all learners without prejudice, including those facing different abilities and challenges. In previous festivals the De La Bat School for the Deaf (using South African Sign Language) and the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired delivered ground breaking and extremely moving renditions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth respectively.