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.

Student reviews of Teddy Thompson concert

On Monday, many Bedales students saw our peers play in a highly anticipated concert in the theatre. Whilst the majority of us had copious amounts of work to do we set down our books to go and see our friends perform with Teddy Thompson (Old Bedalian). The Olivier Theatre was full of parents, students and local people who had heard about the gig and as Neil Hornsby (music teacher and mentor for the four acts about to play) came on stage, we could tell it was going to be a good night. The line up was incredible with Zak Hobbs (6.2), Josie Blakelock (6.1), Delilah Montagu (Block 4), and Block 5s Rosheen Bond and George Gardner (who unbelievably had been only working together for six weeks!). These acts were jaw-droppingly good, especially considering everything performed had been written by them. The first half went so quickly I was shocked when the lights came up and we were ushered out so the crew could set up for Teddy. Unfortunately, duty called and I had to run off and write a Classics essay and missed Teddy’s performance, however I’ve heard only good words about his set. The gig was in aid of the school’s John Badley Foundation, so hopefully in the future we will have even more inspiring artists come and perform for this great cause.

By Calum Knight, Block 5

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OB Teddy Thompson filled the Olivier Theatre last Monday night with a terrific performance after a well received song writing workshop. After a half hour opening set from Delilah Montagu, Josie Blakelock, Zak Hobbs and the new George Gardner and Rosheen Bond duo, Teddy began his set. His voice carried the audience through his ballads of sorrow such as Separate Ways to his upbeat That’s Enough Out Of You. In balancing the occasional heavy-heartedness of these songs Teddy lightened the mood with his signature wit. At the end of the set Teddy reintroduced nephew Zak to join him on two tracks. All funds raised went to the John Badley Foundation.

By Zak Hobbs, 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.