Playwriting with the National Theatre

Bedales students are participating in the National Theatre’s New Views course for young playwrights. The programme involves students receiving guidance from some of the best in the business to write their own 30 minute play. A competition is held to judge the best play with the winning entry staged at the National Theatre with a professional cast. Last year Phil King, who joined Bedales drama department this year, won the teacher play submission and received a staged read at the National. English teacher, David Anson, will be attempting to repeat the teacher success and he, together with Phil, will be helping the students with their drafts. Jemma Kennedy from the New Views course, will visit the students and give them feedback. Students will visit the National as part of the programme to comment on the plays they’ve seen and engage in a debate that connects the young writers with the world of British theatre – a wonderful opportunity for all involved. To find out more about the course visit the National Theatre’s New Views website.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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