Sixth form student joins technical team at National Student Drama Festival

I applied and was given a place on the technical team for the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) 2013. It was quite a daunting thought that I would be working at a festival I had never been to before and with a crew that I didn’t know. The first of four articulated lorries arrived full of staging, sound and lighting equipment, and we gelled as a group very quickly, tech minds alike! We were responsible for building all the venues, which in some cases was just a matter of rigging lights, or as with three of the venues, actually building a theatre from a sports hall or conference room. Once the venues were built we were then responsible for making sure the show’s set was built, and that the show was up and running, normally within a matter of a few hours. Throughout the week the crew shifted 15 tonnes of technical equipment, eight tonnes of black fabric, two tonnes of scaffolding, 500 metres of truss, one tonne of hardboard, 200 metres of timber, 250 litres of paint, 15kg of gaffa tape, 15 chain hoists, seven sound desks, nine lighting desks, 35 moving lights and one blue Land Rover Defender!

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By George Veys, 6.2


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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