Bedales Events season draws to a close

By Camilla Bashaarat, Parent Engagement Lead

The current season of Bedales Events has come to an end with two exciting events among the last on the calendar.

The Drama Studio was the perfect venue for the production Brilliance by the talented Farnham Maltings Theatre Company last Wednesday,  28 November. The intimate setting, on what was a dark and stormy evening, helped transport the audience back in time to a damp, rural village hall devoid of electricity. Here we watched the unfolding of the thwarted hopes and dreams of the village inhabitants, young and old. It was a clever, poignant performance by the cast who kept us on tenterhooks, hoping for that illusive happy finale. There was song, laughter and I am sure I saw some tears being wiped away before the audience set off back in to the dark night.

The following evening, Bedales parents, Old Bedalians, students and friends were welcomed in to the magical world of the House of MinaLima for a private tour in aid of the John Badley Foundation (JBF). MinaLima in Soho’s Greek Street is home to a wonderful exhibition of graphic art from the Harry Potter film series as well as Fantastic Beasts and a series of illustrated classic fairy tale books for Harper Collins. Miraphora Mina is an Old Bedalian and this is the second year she has hosted such an event for Bedales. Guests enjoyed a small private tour followed by a talk by Miraphora and Eduardo Lima, the co-founder of MinaLima. Ticket sales and a raffle raised funds for the JBF which allows us to give more young people a chance to benefit from the transformational opportunity a Bedales education can provide.

The end of the season of Bedales Events signals the start of another, with tickets for Spring/summer 2019 events going on sale this Saturday, 8 December 2018. Highlights include A Fortunate Man, Natalie Williams Band and of course the Bedales Rock Show. Browse all events and book tickets here.

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New season for Bedales Events: Autumn 2018

By Amanda Brewer and the Bedales Events team

Kate Adie is a news correspondent and a household name, having reported from disasters and conflicts around the globe throughout her 35-year career. Simon Armitage is an award-winning poet, playwright and songwriter.

What do they both have in common? They are both visiting us at the Bedales Theatre in Steep as part of the new season of Bedales Events.

The Flop

The autumn programme of events, which includes speakers, dance, drama and music performances, kicks off on 11 September with The Flop: a slightly rude, hilarious slice of clowning silliness set in Paris in 1650, where impotence is illegal and a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding.

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage then comes to Bedales on 13 September to read from a range of his work and take questions from the audience. If you haven’t already booked, be quick – demand has been high and only a few tickets remain.

Bullish

On 19 September Milk Presents bring you BULLISH: a new mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity. Milk Presents’ work has had a real impact on the British arts scene and at Bedales it will undoubtedly make its mark on the Petersfield community.

Tabby McTat

A special production of Tabby McTat, suitable for children of all ages, brings the month’s offerings to a close on 30 September. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this is the heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty, interwoven with original songs.

Kate Adie

Later in the season comes the musical A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), the drama productions of Enter the Dragons and Brilliance, music from the James Taylor Quartet, dance from Company Chameleon – as well as that talk from Kate Adie.

All of these touring performances are in addition to the Homegrown productions delivered by Bedales students.

Further information about all Bedales Events, together with booking information, can be found on the Bedales Events website.