Education | The High School Shakespeare Carnival

"Every school should have a SHAKESPEARE CARNIVAL!
There’s a swimming carnival, an athletics carnival – let’s have an arts carnival too."


Sport for Jove’s Shakespeare Carnival is back for 2020! Giving students the chance to dance and act and sing and move and make ‘smart films’ – to challenge themselves, learn and grow and win fabulous prizes.

Connects to many learning areas
The program can fit well within the classroom as part of [and a thrilling conclusion to] a unit of work, and create an exciting atmosphere of artistic vibrancy, raising the profile of art based subjects in the school community.

Within a school English, Drama, Art, Music, Dance can all link directly to the Carnival and creative links to other syllabus areas can engage the whole school in the project.

Artistic, Academic and Personal Development
Your students can develop their own pieces in a range of categories and perform at School, Regional and State levels, gaining unparalleled insights into, and experience of, these great plays and developing skills and abilities that are artistic, academic and personal.

For 2020 the categories are

Ensemble Scene

Group Devised / Mash Up


Physical Theatre

Music Composition

Smart Phone Short Film


You Can find all Play Synopses Here


Incredible Prizes

Winners of their School Carnival will have the chance to attend our Regional Carnivals – experience our workshops and get insight from our judging teams.

Winners at Regional Carnival will be given the chance to enjoy a day long masterclass run by Sport for Jove’s Carnival team of industry professionals to help them develop their skills in preparation for representing their school at the State Carnival.

Winners at the State Carnival will be crowned with our trophy crowns, a regal trophy to be displayed at their school for the year. They will be given a ‘winner’s ring’ to permanently acknowledge their achievement.

The acting, dance and movement categories will also win a ‘victory masterclass’ offered by Sport for Jove’s acclaimed artistic team and internationally renowned sponsors like NIDA.

Music and Smart Film categories will be able to join us for the Summer Season of shows and use their skills to create music and media to be played by Sport for Jove as part of this annual event.


The Shakespeare Carnival is proudly supported by the following partners:

The Shakespeare Carnival takes place in Term 2

School Carnival - before 2 May
Regional Carnival - 11-22 May
State Carnival - 13 & 14 June

Tickets to the State Carnival will be available for purchase closer to the date.

Register online here

What do you get for your Registration?
Registration gets you:
- a full set of guidelines outlining each category and answering FAQs
- a set of marking sheets to help you assess each entry in your School Shakespeare Carnival on the same basis used at higher levels
- How-to sheets to help your students develop their work
- a poster to print off and plaster around you school to promote the event
- a blank certificate to acknowledge and award to each participant in your school
- advise from Sport for Jove on how to organise and run your School Carnival
- the opportunity to host a Regional Carnival and have the ‘home theatre’ advantage
- the opportunity to have a Skype call between your students and the Shakespeare Carnival so they can ask questions, get inspired and seek advice or feedback
- the opportunity for your school to send representatives to the Regional Shakespeare Carnival in your area and from there the chance to attend the State Shakespeare Carnival weekend.


(Included within the 'High School Carnival Guidelines are: category descriptions; synopses; timelines and parameters; judges scoring sheets; FAQs; fees; hard copy registration forms; and 'how to' guides for assisting your students in each category)


Scenes to work on

Here are some scenes for Duologues and Ensemble Scenes - but they are also perfect for people to start their Dance, Physical Theatre and Group Devised/Mash Up.

Feel free to edit them further if you wish to reduce the length or use your own scenes if there is one you're really keen to explore - please get in touch if you'd like help with that process.

2 person scenes - perfect for Duologue, Dance and/or Physical Theatre

High School Carnival Duologues


3+ person scenes - perfect for Ensemble Scenes, Group Devised/Mash Up, Dance and/or Physical Theatre

High School Carnival Ensemble Scenes

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Education | The High School Shakespeare Carnival


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