Shakespeare Schools Festival

(In conjunction with Kamuzu Academy's fortieth anniversary celebrations)

The Fifth Festival - 2021 / 2022

To our 'Hybrid' Festival in Malawi...

Welcome & Takulandirani to our Fifth Festival!


This year we propose a Festival in two parts: virtual (Saturday, 4th December, 2021) and, if the spirits of Covid allow, face-to-face (as above, and January to June 2022): hence 'hybrid'.


Here we present the Festival as it evolves!

... Greetings from South Africa

Ms. Kseniya Filinova-Bruton, DIrector of the Shakespeare Schools Festival - South Africa, sends greetings to fellow Shakespeareans in Malawi (.pdf).


The Festival artwork is the kind gift of her husband. This is acknowledged here (00:21), by Miss Mary Manda, a pupil of Mlare Private Secondary School.


Click here to download a copy of this poster (.pdf).

Part I
Saturday, 4th December, 2021

Part I of the Festival consists in a small gathering of local schools at Kamuzu Academy, together with a larger Festival online.


If you are unable to travel to Kamuzu Academy, we hope that you will enjoy the online productions, which were filmed (mostly) on location at participating schools in November 2021. Over two hundred and fifty young people and their teachers, representing ten schools (six secondary and four primary, inc. one for deaf children) and two youth groups, from Dedza, Kasungu, Lilongwe and Mzimba Districts, 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.)


Two summaries are available: i) "LIVE" from Kamuzu Academy ("It's Good to be Back") (24:33) and ii) "ONLINE" from Malawi ("The Best of the Best") (24:33).


The YouTube playlist is available here.


Click here to download a copy of this poster (.pdf).


Welcome & Takulandirani

Your host is Mr. Emmanuel Sogolera, founding captain of the Kamuzu Academy Drama Club.


Emmanuel's speech of welcome (voice and signed) is delivered from Mzuzu International Academy, whose performance of Romeo & Juliet he co-directed. Click on his portrait (right) to hear it! (01:23)


In two interviews, Emmanuel speaks of his involvement, first (05:01), in the Kamuzu Academy Drama Club, and second (06:38), in the Shakespeare Schools Festival - Malawi.

From Ten o'clock to Noon
Online from Malawi

Filmed on Location and at Kamuzu Academy


All Saints' Mtunthama CDSS (Hamlet), Chambidzi Rita Primary School (The Tempest), Chimbowe Primary School (Romeo & Juliet), Destiny Drama Club - Mtunthama (Measure for Measure)


Excerpts from the plays are collected here (24:33).


10.00 a.m.

All Saints' Mtunthama CDSS



10.30 a.m.

Chambidzi Rita Primary School

The Tempest


11.00 a.m.

Chimbowe Primary School

Romeo & Juliet


11.30 a.m.

Destiny Drama Club (Mtunthama)

Measure for Measure


From Noon to Two o'clock

Miss Alisoun Probert (UK) has created signed plays for deaf schools in Malawi over three years. Please enjoy (while we rest) the storyboard that she designed for Mua Deaf School's 'The Malawian Play': an adaptation of Macbeth. It will be performed (online) this afternoon.


Click here (00:30) to watch the play under rehearsal.

From Two to Five o'clock
Live from Kamuzu Academy

The Auditorium


Tchesa Primary School (Julius Caesar), Chimbowe Primary School (Romeo & Juliet), Destiny Drama Club - Mtunthama (Measure for Measure, Two Scenes from Julius Caesar), Kamuzu Academy (The Taming of the Shrew), Mzuzu International Academy (Romeo & Juliet - Screened)


Click here (24:33) to watch a summary of proceedings.


Two Scenes from Julius Caesar (09:41) and The Taming of the Shrew (14:20) are available to watch in full.


From Two to Six o'clock
Online from Malawi

Filmed on Location and at Kamuzu Academy


Kamuzu Academy (The Taming of the Shrew), Lotus Cultural Team - Lilongwe (The Tempest), Mlare Private Secondary School (King Lear), Mtunthama Primary School (As You Like It), Mua School for the Deaf ('The Malawian Play'), Mziza Mission Secondary School (Macbeth), Mzuzu International Academy (Romeo & Juliet), Tchesa Primary School (Julius Caesar)


Excerpts from the plays are collected here (24:33).


2.00 p.m.

Kamuzu Academy

The Taming of the Shrew


2.30 p.m.

Lotus Cultural Team (Lilongwe)

The Tempest


3.00 p.m.

Mlare Private Secondary School

King Lear


3.30 p.m.

Mtunthama Primary School

As You Like It


4.00 p.m.

Mua School for the Deaf

'The Malawian Play' (Signed)


4.30 p.m.

Mziza Mission Secondary School



5.00 p.m.

Mzuzu International Academy

Romeo & Juliet


5.30 p.m.

Tchesa Primary School

Julius Caesar


Farewell & Muyende Bwino

Emmanuel's speech of farewell (voice and signed) is also delivered from Mzuzu International Academy. Click on his portrait (right) to hear it! (00:44)


Please return to this page as more material is added over the course of this year and next.

Contact & Cetera...

Click here to make any comment and / or to ask any question!

... and Support

Click here (JustGiving) to be part of our work! Funds raised support the Festival.


Destiny Drama Club (Mtunthama) jumps for joy!

Zikomo kwambili (and Baie dankie, Spasibo bolshoe, Many thanks)...

... to the following who have supported our Festival:


Kamuzu Academy, Malawi and the Shakespeare Schools Festival - South Africa


Russia and South Africa: Ms. Kseniya Filinova-Bruton


United Kingdom: Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hewitt, Prof. Maurice Hindle and Miss Alisoun Probert


Mr. R. L. Hewitt (R) and Mr. L. W. Parker (L), directors, are photographed with Dr. Basireddy Radha (C) and the Lotus Cultural Team (Lilongwe) at Kamuzu Academy.

Part II
January - June 2022

Part II is intended as the Shakespeare Festival's contribution to Kamuzu Academy's fortieth anniversary celebrations (1981 – 2021).


We hope that Part II will be a Tour. It is scheduled from January to June, 2022.


Click here to download a copy of this poster (.pdf).