Spirit of SSF

Every young person deserves to see the whole world as their stage. The Spirit of SSF is our supporter group whose members provide crucial ongoing help by donating to us on a regular basis.

There are five Shakespearean spirits to choose from, plus a supporting cast. We’d be delighted if you’d join us.

The Ensemble – join our band of brothers and sisters, essential to the success of every play

From just £5/month you’ll be helping a teenager with special needs perform alongside their peers from mainstream schools. We’ll keep you posted on events happening throughout the year.

Puck – the mischievous sprite in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

From just £10/month you’ll be enabling three young people to raise their ambitions and increase attainment. As well as receiving our e-newsletter, we'll thank you on our website and in our Festival programme, and invite you to an annual event to share what a difference your support has made.

Membership at this level starts with a suggested annual contribution of £120 comprising of £25 to cover membership benefits and a voluntary donation of £95 eligible for Gift Aid.

Ariel – Prospero’s agent in The Tempest

From just £20/month, joining as an Ariel supports a whole cast’s participation in the Festival, giving greater confidence and resilience to up to 35 young people. With all the benefits of the Puck level, we'll invite you to see an SSF workshop and let you know about Festival performances. We’ll thank you on our website and in our Festival programme and send you a copy of our annual report.

Membership at this level starts with a suggested annual contribution of £240 comprising of £25 to cover membership benefits and a voluntary donation of £215 eligible for Gift Aid.

Oberon – the King of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Oberon’s bountiful generosity supports an entire performance evening. From just £50/month, you’ll be helping over 100 young people across four different schools to perform onstage in a professional theatre. As well as the benefits of Ariel, we'll name a performance night after you, and thank you from the stage, in the programme and on our website. You’ll also be invited to see our Festival process in action by attending an SSF workshop.

Membership at this level starts with a suggested annual contribution of £600 comprising of £25 to cover membership benefits and a voluntary donation of £575 eligible for Gift Aid.

Titania – the Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By joining our Spirits of SSF as a Titania, you will become one of our major donors. Your generosity will provide vital resources for young people and their schools to immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s plays, including advice from leading actors and directors on how to give the best possible performance.  As well as Oberon's benefits, from £100/month we will ensure you have two of the best seats in the house at a Festival performance of your choice and an opportunity to meet the schools you’ve helped to participate.

Membership at this level starts with a suggested annual contribution of £1,200 comprising of £60 to cover membership benefits and a voluntary donation of £1,140 eligible for Gift Aid.

Prospero – Duke of Milan and the sorcerer in The Tempest

Prospero is our premium spirit level and your regular donations will open up opportunities for hundreds of young people across the UK, allowing them to build vital skills of teamwork, communication and self-confidence that last a lifetime.

From £250/month, you’ll get all of Titania's benefits, plus a bespoke package that suits your interests.  We’ll make sure that you’re top of the guest list for SSF special events and unique opportunities, such as dinner with one of our Patrons, and we will ensure you have four of the best seats in the house at a Festival performance of your choice, with the opportunity to meet the schools you’ve helped to participate.

Membership at this level starts with a suggested annual contribution of £3,000 comprising of £150 to cover membership benefits and a voluntary donation of £2,850 eligible for Gift Aid.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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