Modern musical leaves smiles on faces

13 is the modern and eccentric musical, which was performed this week by the Block 3s and 4s in the Olivier Theatre. The production covered many scary yet comical elements of growing up and becoming a teenager, such as a girl or boy’s first kiss, which is the main basis of the play, along with the complications of friendships, relationships and lies. The musical starred many budding actors and actresses, including the brilliant Leo Newlands, who played the main role of a young boy who moves to a small town from New York, and here faces many of those difficult pressures young teenage boys face. Other stars of the show were Becky Grubb who was the best friend, Michael Monfort-Tennant who played the jock, and his two trusty sidekicks played Lochie Dix and Lucas Closs. 13 amusingly conquered many of the problems kids face within a school environment, causing cringing moments for the audience, along with moments of pure enjoyment. The songs of the play brought the theatre and the audience to life, leaving a wide smile on everyone’s faces. I was personally involved in the putting together of this musical, helping with the choreography on stage. It was an honour to work with the people involved and the play was a huge success for everyone involved. View photos.

By Tillie McCann, 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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