Education | The Primary Shakespeare Carnival


"Every school should have a SHAKESPEARE CARNIVAL!
There’s a swimming carnival, an athletics carnival – let’s have an arts carnival too."


On stage or online in 2021. The Shakespeare Carnival will be returning to stages or available in an online format for Regional and State levels if necessary!


In 2021 the Shakespeare Carnival will adapt to changing conditions. We aim to gather to celebrate the achievements and performances of our participants, but are ready to shift to an online format if that is safer for our students.

Shakespeare knew about pandemics and his work helps us understand how to live in a time of uncertainty by exploring the complexity of human relations and engaging with the contradictions and paradoxes of life – all while telling stories filled with human passion and silly jokes.

Raise the profile of the arts in your school and allow the students who shine on stage to be rewarded and lauded for their achievements and represent your school at higher levels of The Shakespeare Carnival.



April 26 – 30 – Primary Regionals [Term 2 week 2]

May 3 – 7 – Primary State [term 2 week 3]



Complete your registration by filling out this form


2021 Primary Guidelines:

Find the 2021 Primary Guidelines here



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.

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, improving confidence and literacy, building their ability to collaborate, introducing them to Shakespeare’s stories and language in a fun and playful program that develops skills and abilities that are artistic, academic and personal.

For 2021 the categories are

Ensemble Scene

Group Devised


Incredible Prizes

Winners of their School Carnival will have the chance to attend our Regional Carnivals [numbers permitting] – experience our workshops and get insight from our judging teams.

Winners at Regional Carnival will be given the chance to enjoy a 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 'Sash of Triumph’ to permanently acknowledge their achievement.

The winners at State Carnival will also attend a ‘victory masterclass’ for their class from Sport for Jove’s acclaimed artistic team.


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 Promotion Kit for letting the school community know about the event (for social media and printing)
- A blank certificate to acknowledge and award to each participant in your school
- Advice 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 Zoom call between your students and the Shakespeare Carnival so they can ask questions, get inspired and seek advice or feedback (we can also use Facetime/Facebook/WhatsApp etc., based on the needs of your school) 
- 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.
- Video feedback on works in progress: We offer your students directorial feedback on their work in progress if they video it and send it their teacher who can forward it through to us at
- Scenes and synopsis to aid students in selecting their material and helping them start their investigation into the world of Shakespeare



(Included within the 'Primary Carnival Guidelines are: category descriptions; synopses; timelines and parameters; judges scoring sheets; FAQs; fees; hard copy registration forms; and 'how to' guides for assisting your students in each category)


How to Guide

If you'd like some advice on how to help your students with their Shakespeare Carnival entry this How-to Guide will give you plenty of options and ideas. 

You can down load the How-to Guide for Primary Teachers here

and there are plenty of additional resources discussed in the guide below:

All Play Synopses
Statue Story Explained
Macbeth Statue Story Example
A Midsummer Night's Dream Statue Story Example
Knife and Fork Explained
Exploding Telephone Explained
Shakespeare's Insults Explained
Shakespearean Insult Generator

Scenes to work on

Here are some scenes for Duologues and Ensemble Scenes - but they are also perfect for people to start their Dance, Movement and Group Devised.

Feel free to edit them further if you wish to reduce the length or use your own scenes if there is one you're really keen to explore - please get in touch if you'd like help with that process.


All Play Synopses


2 person scenes - perfect for Duologue and Dance

Primary Carnival Duologues


3+ person scenes - perfect for Ensemble Scenes, Group Devised, and Dance

Primary Carnival Ensemble Scenes




Complete your registration by filling out this form


2021 Primary Guidelines:

Find the 2021 Primary Guidelines here



Contact us
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Education | The Primary Shakespeare Carnival


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