The Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) charity is the UK’s largest youth drama festival. SSF aims to engage children through an active way of learning.
The charity strives to bridge "the attainment gap" by boosting articulacy and confidence, as well as imparting key employability skills such as teamwork, peer leadership and critical thinking. In preparing and performing the plays participants also learn about Shakespeare's language, themes and characters.
We were delighted to participate in this national project - our Year 7s studyed a Midsummer’s Night Dream in the Autumn term and performed our abridged version at the Oxford Playhouse in November in front of a live audience.
Set in a forest, the play explores the themes of love, magic and dreams. The characters most people are most familiar with are Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies, along with the comedic Puck and Bottom.