The world's largest youth drama festival

Become a partner theatre

Each year we bring close to 70,000 audience members and 30,000 performers to theatres across the UK

Of these, 52% are new to the theatre. The Festival provides you with the opportunity to find a diverse, local, new audience and engage with primary, secondary and special schools.

“The Festival helps us forge relationships with new schools, teachers and families, both as participants and audiences. The Festival is one of the highlights of our year!” Jonathan, Northern Stage, Newcastle

If you'd like to find out more about how you can become an SSF theatre please get in touch with Jonathan Beaumont, Festival Manager, by emailing jonathan@shakespeareschools.org.

2012 Festivall Sandhurst School - SHP Bracknell (52)

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.

Learn more about us