The Shakespeare Schools’ Festival of South Africa that got off to a disappointing opening earlier this week due to the devastating fire in Cape Town has resumed.

The opening was cancelled after the emergency situation in the Mother City, but the eleventh edition is now in full force until the weekend.

About 15 schools and amateur groups are presenting abridged versions of well-known Shakespeare plays at the Artscape Theatre, in the heart of Cape Town. Five troupes are simultaneously playing at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg.

The event, which promotes life skills by focusing on literacy, classic literature and the arts, is also streamed to Russia, Estonia and Malawi.

Over the years it has become Africa’s largest Shakespeare youth drama programme. Some of the highlights every year are productions by the De La Bat School for the Deaf that uses South African Sign Language, and shows by the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired.