Students enjoy intriguing adaptation of Beowulf

Last Friday, Block 4 BAC English and Classicists enjoyed a cultural visit to Butser Ancient Farm for a performance of Beowulf. The Medieval evening involved traditional foods, including a tasty stew, and a unique performance of Beowulf which we enjoyed sitting in the round house. The production was engaging and exciting, featuring evil mythical creatures made creatively of materials such as wood and wool, and a cast ranging from children to seniors. Ultimately they formed an intriguing adaptation of a complex piece of English literature alongside some appetising foods, making the evening one to remember.

By Pippa Lock, Block 4


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.

Classicists watch ‘must-see’ play Electra

Last Wednesday, 22 sixth form classicists had the pleasure of watching Sophocles’ Electra, showing at the Old Vic in London. Frank McGuinness’ version of this age old tragedy has been showered with critical acclaim, with both the Daily Telegraph and The Independent offering up five star reviews of the well renowned Kristin Scott Thomas and Olivier Award winning actor Jack Lowden. All of us found the play to be absolutely fantastic, with a very emotionally charged story line. In fact, it was so emotionally charged, that we all came out feeling fairly drained. This became very apparent when, upon our arrival at school, fellow students and members of staff described us as ‘subdued’ and ‘exhausted’. Whilst this initially may be thought of as a negative idea, the opposite is true. We found our end state to be the perfect example of how much this play reaches out to the viewer, making the theatre active for all parties involved. All in all, the resounding consensus is that Electra is a must-see for anybody with an interest in theatre.

By Cameron Cross, 6.1


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.

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.