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The High School Carnival

about the High School Carnival

In 2024 the Shakespeare Carnival joyfully returns to celebrate the achievements and performances of our participants.

The Carnival offers an exciting opportunity for students to gain confidence, develop collaborative abilities, think critically and use their imaginations and creativity to push their skills to new limits and expand their potential.

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.

The Regional Finals and Grand Final give students the opportunity to work with acclaimed professionals to deepen their knowledge of what they have created and receive feedback and insights to take their work to the next level.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!!!!!!



Early Bird Registrations by: Feb 9, 2024
Registration Closes: March 28, 2024

In-School Carnival Dates

The week of Apr 23, 2024 (Shakespeare’s Birthday)

Regional Carnival Dates
May 6 – 17, 2024

State Final
Weekend of Jun 1 & 2, 2024

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Connecting to Many Learning Areas

The program fits 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.


Within a school English, Drama, Art, Music, Dance can all link directly to the Carnival and creative links to other syllabus areas can engage the whole school in the project.


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, gaining unparalleled insights into, and experience of, these great plays and developing skills and abilities that are artistic, academic and personal.

For 2024 the categories are:

  • Duologues

  • Ensemble Scenes

  • Group Devised

  • Dance

  • Physical Theatre

  • Music

  • Smartphone Short Film


What do you get for your Registration?

  • 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

Tickets to the Carnival will be available for purchase closer to the date.


Incredible Prizes


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

Winners at Regional Carnival will be given the chance to enjoy a day long 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 acting, dance and movement categories will also win a ‘victory masterclass’ offered by Sport for Jove’s acclaimed artistic team and internationally renowned sponsors like NIDA.

Music and Smart Film categories will be able to join us for the Summer Season of shows and use their skills to create music and media to be played by Sport for Jove as part of this annual event.

Assortment of Books

Downloadable Content

Download any of the following content to help prepare you for the Shakespeare Carnival in 2024!

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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.



Want to buy our 2022 Shakespeare Carnival Grand Final video?

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