Lemons…

The first time I saw Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons was at the National Student Drama Festival in 2015. It’s a cliché, but it was even better the second time around. The simplicity and beautiful elegance of playwright Sam Steiner’s words echoed throughout the Olivier Theatre and they concluded that it was one of the best venues they’d ever played, along with the biggest audience.

For those who didn’t see it, Lemons came to Bedales from Warwick – an original work written, directed and performed by students. It tells the tale of Bernadette and Oliver – a dysfunctional but totally relatable couple who find themselves constrained by the latest legislation – the ‘Hush Law’ – as it is coined by activists. It limits them to 140 spoken words a day. Immediately, the audience is thrown into their relationship, and Bernadette and Oliver, directed by Ed Franklin, switch between time zones, language limits and spaces alike.

If the Q&A session at the end was anything to go by, we loved it and just wanted it to go on for longer. Full of questions and love and regret, Lemons enthralled students, parents and teachers alike.

By Eve Allin, 6.2

The National’s platform for new student writing

The National Theatre’s New Views programme seeks to project the voice of young students from the classroom onto the public stage. We are part of this national initiative and share the Bedales Olivier platform with Charter Academy and Tonbridge School on the evenings of 24 and 25 June. This year we will be staging two works from Bedales: Dad by 6.2 Amy Blakelock, scrutinising the imperfect lies of a problematic and broken family, and I’m With You in Rockland, a Ginsberg and Whitman fuelled poetic dissection of Americana by 6.1 student Peter Price. Amy’s play has won a place on the national long-list and Phil King’s None of Us is Very Calm is joint winner of the 2014 award for teacher submissions. For free tickets, please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

New Views

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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.

Too Soon Made Glad

This week’s Block 3 and 4 production of Too Soon Made Glad pushed the envelope for school plays away from narrative and linear characters towards a dance theatre cross over, and therefore left its audience furiously discussing what it meant. With beautiful dance in the style of DV8 and poems by Robert Browning, the polished ensemble delivered an hour of exquisite performance. It was astonishing to see performers of this age working with such confidence and focus. Overall an extremely moving piece of work, which I had not seen the like of in a school before. View photos.

By  Stella Green, Block 4

Too Soon Made Glad

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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.

AS performances explore global issues

During the last week of the Spring term, the AS Drama and Theatre Studies scripted performances took place. Sixth Form students explored themes through different mediums including the use of physical theatre, props and accents. Themes such as complications within relationships, terrorism and death were portrayed in different stylistic genres ranging from comedy to horror. The short yet varied performances captured the audience’s attention from the outset, leaving them both laughing and reflecting on global issues that society is dealing with today. The students work and dedication clearly paid off and resulted in a fantastic performance. View photos.

By Thomas Higginson and Sofia Palm, 6.1

AS performances explore global issues

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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.

Song recital and art exhibition

On 6 May the tenor Ian Bostridge, one of the leading artists of his generation, sings groups of songs by Schubert, Charles Ives and Benjamin Britten here at Bedales, accompanied by the accomplished pianist James Cheung, a visiting teacher in our Music Department. Ian was taught German by Richard Stokes at Westminster School. There he encountered Schubert’s songs for the first time, as Richard had a habit of playing them in lessons. Prior to Westminster, Richard taught at Bedales and while here translated the Fischer-Dieskau Book of Lieder with his colleague George Bird. One of Richard’s predecessors as a Modern Languages teacher at Bedales was the distinguished tenor Wilfred Brown, after whom our song recital series is named. For tickets (£17/£15 conc.), please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk. Summer term in the Gallery opens with Dunannie’s exhibition It All Starts Here. All areas of the art curriculum will be featured, from drawing and painting to textiles and sculpture, sparkling with the fresh perceptions of the youngest members of our school community. View opening times.

Wilfred Brown Song Recital Series

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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.

Thought-provoking BAC Theatre masterpieces

Block 5 BAC Theatre students recently faced the daunting task of performing the final part of their course (devised pieces) to the school and exam moderator in the Olivier Theatre. They responded well to the difficult assignment, creating intricately structured and thought-provoking masterpieces, which addressed complex and sophisticated themes, drawing inspiration from the challenging stimuli in last term’s exhibition The Big No by George Grosz. Each of the six groups worked in the style of either the practitioner Forced Entertainment or Brecht. Not only did the performers demonstrate skillful acting, but they also explored innovative techniques and showed expert playwriting, reflecting the experience that they have gained over the past two years.

By Molly Brooks and Josh Mazas, Block 4

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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.

Bedales showcases best local dance talent

Bedales hosted a stunning display of dance at the Youth Dance Platform last weekend. The annual showcase of creative and imaginative contemporary dance saw students from Bedales and Dunhurst programmed alongside groups from other schools, colleges, and independent dance companies. Dunhurst Blocks 1 and 2 pupils performed a piece to a mix of songs from Walk on By to Walking on Sunshine. Street, Ballet, Modern and Tap were included in this piece. Bedales students’ choreography comprised a piece by Daisy Nielsen (Block 5) in a fast-moving Charleston duet with Daniel Rasbash (6.2). Block 4 students performed a piece to music by Danny Elfman. The Youth Dance Platform acted as a perfect rehearsal for Bedales Dance Performs two days later, which featured students studying Dance at BAC and A Level. The evening featured 17 performances inspired by different cultures. Read more. View photos: Youth Dance Platform; Bedales Dance Performs.

Bedales showcases best local dance talent

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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.

Legendary Rock Show celebrates 10th birthday

Last week saw the 10th birthday performances of the now legendary Bedales Rock Show. The show that has helped launch the careers of several notable OBs including Gabriel Bruce, Marika Hackman, Leah Mason and Freddy Sheed once again threatened to take the roof off the Olivier Theatre. Stunning performances from the spectacular Rosheen Bond and Delilah Montagu were complemented by the wonderful original songs of Josie Blakelock, Jack Merrett and Harley Mitford. A whole host of amazing debut performances from the likes of Stella Green and Sophia Berger were ably supported by the impressive musicianship of Peter Wilson, Louis Giannamore, Luca Caruso and departing Rock Show icons Jasper Ford Welman and Will Reynolds. View photos. Read more.

By  Neil Hornsby, Guitar Teacher and Rock Show Organiser

Rock Show 2014

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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.

Shhh!

C-12 Dance Theatre returns on 11 February with a performance of SHHH! Strictly not for emulation in our own hallowed space, the action is set in a library where books fly overhead and there is free running on moving shelves. The entertaining contemporary dance story of a library threatened with closure unless the community can rally round features five theatrical performers. Suitable for ages 5+, 90 minutes long including an interval and visiting Bedales as part of an Arts Council supported national tour, the show is billed as “perfect for those who love books, dance, music, film, physical theatre and live performance”! Tickets available from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

Shhh!

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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.

A2 Theatre Studies Performances not to be missed

Last weekend I spent Saturday with my A2 devising group polishing off a first draft performance to show to Alex Turner of theatre group non zero one the following day. Having received feedback from Phil King early on Sunday morning we felt, as a group, confident to AMAZE Alex with our 20-minute play. Vincent, Freya, Charlie and I got straight up and performed our piece to Alex. We then sat with him and discussed certain aspects: volume, physicality, structure etc. He gave us useful feedback, which we frantically tried to note down at the same time as getting back on stage and re-creating certain scenes. We walked out of the theatre feeling refreshed and excited with our pages and pages of to-do lists, ready to produce some INCREDIBLE theatre. The weekend was a HUGE success and anyone would be MAD to miss the A2 Theatre Studies Performances next week – they are going to be INSANE. Free tickets for Thursday 30 and Friday 31 at 7.30pm in the Bedales Olivier Theatre from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

By Edie Ashley, 6.2

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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.