The week prior to the half term, the A2 Drama students performed their final devised pieces to the school. There were six students divided evenly between two groups who produced equally poignant and enthralling executions but exploring extremely different issues. The first group, all female, showcasing the striking Foxey Hardman and Christi Van Clarke impressively exposed feminism and the way in which people, not just women are perceived. The hilarity with which such a poignant issue was dealt with was what made their message effective; a piece full of popular music and dancing juxtaposed with a floor strewn with decapitated Barbie dolls forced the audience to both enjoy themselves whilst being faced with the injustices of our society. The execution of the dynamics made for an important but also thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Ruan Evans, Roly Botha and Tilda Raphael’s piece followed; they transformed the stage into an interrogation department and the detail of their set allowed for the audience to gain immediate understanding of who their characters would be and its triparteit structure directly reflecting the characters relating to each part. The audience were flooded with the experience of Ruan Evans being held imprisoned and tortured in a white box centre stage as simultaneously with the character’s torture we were bombarded with bursts of heavy metal music and darkness. In both pieces, I as a 6.2 student myself, had to keep being reminded that these actors were not only my own age but were portraying ideas and constructions which were entirely original to them. It was not only impressive but thoroughly thought provoking through entertainment, achieving what I believe to be theatre’s greatest purpose.
By Radheka Kumari, 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.