Shakespeare Schools Festival - Malawi

The Second Festival - 2018

On Saturday, 1st December, 2018 some two hundred young people and their teachers gathered at Kamuzu Academy to celebrate the second Shakespeare Schools Festival to be held in Malawi.

Participants represented seven schools and all regions of the country.

 

They performed adapted versions of five plays, three scenes and more sonnets.

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Links to the seven videos that record the occasion follow.

 

They comprise an Introduction & Welcome to the Festival and full recordings of all Plays. (Click on the title.)

 

Sound is not always the best, so you may need to adjust the volume.

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Introduction & Welcome

Film 01/07 (33:15)

 

This video contains speeches of introduction,
welcome and thanks, together with excerpts
from the contributions of all participating schools.

 

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Julius Caesar

All Saints' Mtunthama CDSS

Film 02/07 (43:41)

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The Tempest (Part I)

All Saints' Private Primary School

Film 03/07 (32:27)

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chimbowe CDSS

Film 04/07 (50:01)

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The Tempest (Part II)

Chimbowe Primary School

Film 03/07 (32:27)

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'A Shakespeare Medley'

Kamuzu Academy (Website)

Film 05/07 (21:45)

 

Scenes from Julius Caesar, Macbeth and
A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Romeo & Juliet

Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (Website)

Film 06/07 (47:54)

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Macbeth

Marymount Catholic Secondary School (Website)

Film 07/07 (29:06)

The YouTube playlist is available here.

This was an extraordinarily full and successful day. Many thanks and Congratulations to all involved!

 

The Directors' report on the Festival is available here (.pdf).

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Our first visitors to join us from outside Kasungu District (Central Region) were Marymount Catholic Secondary School, which is a distinguished institution in Mzuzu, Mzimba District (Northern Region).

 

Their all-girls performance of Macbeth attracted a great deal of favourable comment.

 

In this year the Southern Region was represented by young people studying elsewhere in the country. In particular, a group of sixth-formers at Kamuzu Academy, which was conceived as a grammar school for the whole of Malawi, suggested that the reading of Sonnets would allow their involvement in the Festival.