Shakespeare Schools’ Festival South Africa

On July 25th, 2013, posted in: Archive, Culture, Drama, News by

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A reminder that Wynberg’s Acting Association (WBAA,) is participating in this Festival and will be performing an excerpt of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Artscape on 31 July 2013 at 19:00. Our Arts & Culture teacher – and the founder of the South African version of this Festival – Mrs Fillinova-Bruton, directed Wynberg’s production. Book at Computicket (0861 915 8000) or online at www.computicket.co.za. Tickets cost R50 or R40 for a block booking of 10 or more people. Further information about the Festival, it’s origin and purpose, is detailed in the press release below:

STUDENTS FROM CAPE TOWN AND JOHANNESBURG ARE PREPARING TO SHOWCASE THEIR THEATRICAL TALENTS AT THE 3rd ANNUAL SOUTH AFRICAN SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL (SSF SA). DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, DURBAN JOINED THE RANKS THIS YEAR TO EXTEND THE REACH OF SSF SA’S GROWING NATIONAL FOOTPRINT.

Festival Director Kseniya Fillinova-Bruton introduced the South African version of its United Kingdom counterpart in 2010 and the pilot was such a success, over 400 students have participated since. The Festival offers a non-competitive, supportive and exciting opportunity for young people to showcase their acting talent. The Shakespeare School Festival hails from the UK as an additional education programme aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts. Each year, the festival encourages schools to perform abridged “thirty-minute” versions of Shakespearean plays in their local professional theatres throughout the country. The SSF SA is an initiative of EduCape, which Kseniya founded in 2007 based on the need for dynamic drama in the education market within Cape Town area. Based on successful pilot performances, Educape’s vision is to establish an Outreach Initiative, which identifies schools that can benefit from the Project, yet lack the necessary resources to host drama programmes. Kseniya believes that learning should be an adventure. SSF SA introduces students from various cultures and backgrounds to live theatre with the aim of facilitating the experience of discipline and responsibility, which ensues from working in a group. “Students who participate, gain more than the satisfaction and thrill of performing on a professional stage,” Kseniya explains, “an entire vocational journey goes into forming a Company. The ultimate success of the performance requires students with an aptitude for marketing, sound and lighting, directing and a range of potential career-shaping experiences. Each performance allows teachers to explore new ways of teaching through acting, and the Festival provides a platform for equal opportunity where there are no boundaries for participation. When Vista Nova School joined SSF SA in 2011, children with cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other barriers to learning experienced the thrills of the stage. Other Cape schools who have participated include Sinebongo Art Academy, Sans Souci Girls and Wynberg Boys High. This year they are joined by Parklands College; Ikapa Youth Dance company; Camps Bay HS; SACS; Herschel Girls school; Leap School and Bergvliet HS, Storywood Theatre. Johannesburg’s list includes Parktown Girls’ High School, Jules High School and Mondeor. As a result of SSF SA’s growing momentum, the Artscape Theatre has added the Festival to its Annual Calendar as part of their Audience and Development Programme. This year Johannesburg enjoys its second run at the prestigious Joburg Theatre and Durban joined the ranks with a successful debut on the Sneddon stage at the University of KZN. Cape Town performances are the 29th of July to 1st of August and Joburg 6-8th of September. For SSF SA queries, or information about EduCape, contact Kseniya at (+27) 72 2332074 or Email: kseniya@educape.co.za