Shakespeare Schools Festival

On August 18th, 2012, posted in: Academic, Culture, Drama, English, Featured, WBAA by

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The Wynberg High Schools have been working busily with Mrs Kseniya Filinova-Brutonon a performance of The Taming of the Shrew for the Shakespeare Festival which is to be held later this month. Kelley-Beth Oliphant, who is playing the fiery and feisty Katharina, will be interviewed by Radio Good Hope FM on Monday morning.

The Shakespeare Festival is organised by the Shakespeare Schools Festival, UK (SSF UK) and is the largest Youth Drama Festival of its kind in the United Kingdom. As an initiative of EduCape which is a Youth Drama Organisation led by Mrs Kseniya Filinova-Bruton – a drama teacher at Wynberg Boys’ High – South Africa’s very own Shakespeare School Festival was established.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival, UK (SSF UK) has been running very successfully in that country since 2000 and, each year encourages five hundred schools or more to perform abridged thirty-minute versions of Shakespearean plays in their local theatres throughout the country. The Festival is a non-competitive, supportive and celebratory opportunity for young people to showcase their acting talents and allows teachers to develop drama skills and explore new ways of teaching through acting. It also gives schools a novel way to raise their profile within the community.

Performances by participating schools are as follows

Cape Town – Artscape Theatre, 1 September at 7pm

Chris Hani High School Julius Caesar
Herschel Girls’ High School Much Ado about Nothing
Sans Souci Girls High School Macbeth
Cape Town ED Home School Twelfth Night

Cape Town – Artscape Theatre, 2 September at 7pm

Vista Nova High School Midsummer Night`s Dream
Bergvliet High School Macbeth
Sinebongo Art Academy The Taming of the Shrew
Herschel Girls High School Twelfth Night

Little Theatre UCT, 10 September 7pm

Wynberg Boys’ High School The Taming of the Shrew
Spotlight Drama Studio The Tempest & Julius Caesar
Bergvliet High School A Midsummer Night`s Dream