The Frogs make a splash

The story of Dionysus’s journey to the underworld, directed by our new Head of Classics, Alex Walker, offers great scope for fun and laughter.  The play poses quite a challenge to update old jokes!  However this production of The Frogs, adapted by Katy Walker, showed how contemporary the issues and gags from this classical play can be.

Despite the best efforts of the weather, thirty-three intrepid Block 3s and 4s worked all term to perform a show that was both slick and great fun.  As soon as the chanting frogs emerged from the woods and pond the audience could sense that this would be a very entertaining and energetic performance!

The Sotherington Theatre provided the perfect setting for such a show.  The script sends Dionysus to the underworld by crossing the river Styx- in this case Dionysus travelled across the pond in a homemade coracle. Central to the whole play was Dionysus and his secretary Xanthias, impressively portrayed by Josh Mazas and Martha Harlan, ably supported by a long line of splendid performances from many others, most importantly by the chorus of frogs themselves. The audience, whether in pouring rain or sun, had a wonderful time and the show demonstrated that Classics is alive and kicking at Bedales.

By Celeste Macilwaine, 6.1

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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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