The Sixth Form Production of Fewer Emergencies this week was truly groundbreaking work by the whole cast and the Director, Phil King. The work done on the set and lighting, which employed the use of projection, coupled with the fantastic performances by everyone on stage, either acting or helping with lighting, projection or sound, has ensured this is a pioneering production at Bedales. Their interpretation of Martin Crimp’s script, which is just text with no stage directions or even characters, was intriguing and at points very moving. The play consisted of three separate, smaller pieces which were interwoven beautifully, and has already led to discussion between various students as to what the play was about, as it is ambiguous in nature. Everything on stage, from the lighting which was done largely by the cast themselves, to the projections, to the acting and the music was slick and well done, and everything came together wonderfully to form a touching yet humorous piece of theatre.
By Harry McWhirter, 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.