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.

97%
of teachers told us they developed strong leadership skills

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
95%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' resilience

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
79%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' confidence

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
87%
of teachers would strongly recommend the Festival to a colleague

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of the Festival process,
97%
of teachers are confident working with Shakespeare

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of taking part in the Festival,
97%
of teachers think they will stay in teaching for longer than 5 years

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

About our impact
98%
of teachers developed a strong relationship with their students through the Festival process

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 told us their students were better able to express themselves

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

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that their students' academic attainment improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
93%
of teachers told us the Festival improved their teaching

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers said that their students' behaviour improved as a result of the Festival

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
95%
of teachers stated that students were more enthusiastic about learning

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that attainment in English improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
10%
of participants have English as an additional language

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
11%
of participants have a statement of educational needs

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
12%
of participants are eligible for free school meals

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
27%
of participants are minority ethnic

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
More than
1,000
schools participate in the Festival

We work nationwide - from Aberdeen to Aberdare, Carlisle to Clacton.

About our impact
Our young people will perform in front of
65,000
people nationwide

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

About our impact
In 2018 we will work with up to
30,000
young people

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

About our impact
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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