Shakespeare Carnival

The Shakespeare Carnival is a NSW statewide competition for high schools, created by Sport for Jove theatre company. After the success of the 2016 event, the Carnival is now open for submissions for another round next year.

Logo, bright purple with graphic of hand with heart drawn on palm.Here is a sensational opportunity for high schools to encourage their students to take creative control. Offering the chance to “explore, create and be inspired by the art of theatre making, the Shakespeare Carnival lets students challenge themselves learning new skills, gaining confidence and social skills, and improving literacy as they engage with Shakespeare and bring his worlds to life.”

Sport for Jove is a wholly independent theatre company specialising in staging classic plays that audiences might otherwise not have the chance to see. Shakespeare is their particular focus, but not to the exclusion of more ancient and more modern classics. They perform at Bella Vista Farm and Leura Everglades each summer, and have a residency at the Seymour Centre. Artistic Director Damien Ryan is among Australia’s most celebrated directors of Shakespeare.

Man in tails standing on a box, holding up one arm.
via S4J website

“The Shakespeare Carnival is a continuation of Sport For Jove’s Education program, which seeks to engage with schools and students to provide meaningful and constructive avenues for students to celebrate the works of William Shakespeare.”

For 2017 the categories are:

  •  Duologue
  • Group Scene
  • Dance and Movement
  • Music
  • Costume and Set Design

Prizes are based around giving young enthusiasts opportunities to work with and be mentored by professionals from the company.

The Shakespeare Carnival takes place in Term 2
School Carnival – by May 5
Regional Carnival – May 15 – 21
State Carnival – June 18

Full details, including a series of how-to guides, can be found here.