Our 18th Birthday

18 years, 300,000 young lives transformed.

This year, we are celebrating our 18th Birthday.

Turning 18 is an important, exciting and daunting moment of transformation for us all.

Most of us will leave school, many of us will leave home, and we will all face moments of adversity and joy. These are the experiences which shape our adult lives.

Since 2000, we’ve been delighted to see over 300,000 young lives transformed by our Festival - whether that’s growing in confidence, making new friends or becoming more ambitious.

And the transformations don’t stop there.

For teachers, our Festival journey takes them out of their comfort zone and into the world of professional theatre-making.

For parents, this might be their first encounter with Shakespeare or the first time they have seen their child step into the spotlight.

Join the Party!

#BreakthroughShakespeare

Have you had a moment of transformation through our Festival, or through Shakespeare more generally?

Help us to celebrate 18 years of our work by sharing your moment of joy, admiration or understanding on social media using #BreakthroughShakespeare and our handles: @SSF_UK (Twitter) and @shakespeareschoolsfestival (Facebook).

An Isle Full of Noises - 18 Years, 18 Stories

Every Festival, we hear stories from all over the UK about the impact of SSF’s work.

Whilst every tale represents a different place and perspective, there’s a common thread that unites them all - performance, and a 400 year old poet, matter. These are stories told by people from all walks of life - from pupil to teacher, parent to patron. This diversity demonstrates that Shakespeare really is for everyone.

These are stories that should be heard. So we’ve selected 18 of them for a celebratory birthday blog series we’re calling This Isle is Full of Noises, which will run through the Festival.

Click here to hear these stories.

96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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