Shakespeare Schools Festival - Malawi
The Fourth Festival - 2020
Welcome & Takulandirani to our Fourth Festival!
This year - like many other Festivals around the world - our proceedings are perforce virtual. We hope you will enjoy the following productions, which were filmed on location at participating schools in November 2020. Some two hundred and thirty young people and their teachers, from eight schools (including two deaf) and two youth groups, are involved.
Plays will become available at the stated time (CAT) and will remain online after the Festival. (Click the window to open and enlarge.) Each is introduced by a Sonnet read by a member of the Kamuzu Academy Drama Club. (Click the separate link.)
Your host is Mr. Peter Phiri, alumnus of All Saints' Mtunthama CDSS and Director of WashBetter (Malawi)...
UPDATE. From 22nd to 28th March 2021 Kamuzu Academy's Othello represented Malawi at the Dolgoprudny Spring Festival (Dolgoprudnenskaya Vesna) in the Russian Federation. Click here (YouTube) to watch the Russian edition of the play (in English). Dolgoprudny is outside Moscow. The Spring Festival is hosted by Teatr Gorod.
Saturday, 28th November6.00 p.m.
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A proportion supports also the work of WashBetter (Malawi), which, in this time of ongoing pandemic (2020), extends materials and an educational programme in sanitation to participating schools.
Mr. Peter Phiri, your host, offers a short account of existing work by WashBetter funded through the Festival here (1:51).
The Festival was taken to pupils of participating schools on dedicated visits in early December. Films were shown, certificates and books presented, and cold drinks enjoyed.
(Right) Mr. Peter Phiri presented certificates. Ceremonies are photographed alongside.
(and Baie dankie, Spasibo bolshoe, Many thanks)...
Shakespeare Schools Festival - South Africa
In September 2020 the Shakespeare Schools Festival - South Africa celebrated its own virtual Festival.
Click here to see what was achieved (.pdf)!
(Right) Emmanuel Sogolera (Kamuzu Academy Drama Club) represents Malawi with his own Chichewa version of 'All the world's a stage' (As You Like It) as part of a 'lockdown' project (April 2020) of the South African Festival to collect versions of this speech in as many languages of the world as possible.