Education | The Secondary 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 2019! 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 2019 the categories are

Ensemble Scene

Group Devised / Mash Up



Music Composition

Smart Phone Short Film

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 - by May 17
Regional Carnival - June 3rd - June 16th
State Carnival - June 29th and 30th [We recognise that this is the fist weekend of holidays for private schools, but it is, unfortunately, the only possible date given the schedule of the company and the venue.]

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

Register Your School for the Shakespeare Carnival online

2019 Online Shakespeare Carnival registration available HERE – it saves paper and saves the planet!

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.

Student Associate Membership 

Students performing at a Regional Shakespeare Carnival need to register as Associate Members, the registration form is HERE.

Shakespeare Carnival Guidelines

Download the guidelines for The Secondary Shakespeare Carnival HERE.

Participation Certificate

Download this certificate to give to every bold student who creates an entry for The Shakespeare Carnival at your school. You can use mail merge to 'populate' each of the fields from an excel list so that you don't have to type them in by hand. Download HERE.


Download your own copy of the 2019 Shakespeare Carnival poster HERE.

Contact us
For further details and support in getting a Shakespeare Carnival at your school email us on:

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