Tempting Autumn arts programme underway

Bedales Selective has opened in the Gallery and runs until 19 September. It offers an ideal opportunity to sample and appreciate the best of Art and Design at Bedales from last year. The Theatre swung into action on Tuesday (10th) with vibrant, fresh new writing in The Babysitter – highly rated by members of our Drama and English departments at this year’s National Student Drama Festival, where it was the stand-out, multi-award winning production from InDepth Theatre. Talented newcomers form an interesting counterpoint to the refined and distinguished pianism of Martino Tirimo (24 September), whose previous performances here have been treasured highlights of our programme for many. Booking is open for all of the term’s events, the brochure having been published and distributed earlier in the summer. However, please note that Talking Design and Filter’s Twelfth Night are fully booked and oversubscribed. For tickets, please call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

Bedales Selective - Main

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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.

Drama in Dubai

Performing arts students and staff flew to Dubai in the first week of the holidays for a week of hard work along with huge rewards. Bedales has been involved with an exchange with Dubai College for over 20 years and this is continuing with Steve Gardner and Mike Lambert, former teachers of Bedales now teaching at Dubai College. We started rehearsals for our performance piece a few weeks into the term but it quickly took off with a close nit group and creative ideas. The physical theatre piece was based on the music Carnival of the Animals and was a mixture of different English favourites all tied together with movement and lots of colour. When in Dubai we performed nine times to different primary schools throughout the city to fabulous children, all very engaged and keen. Alongside the performances we conducted workshops to get them involved. We all stayed with host families who looked after us and we made some great friends with our Dubai College student hosts. As well as the performances we visited some fascinating sites and Dubai’s most famous fun spots! A massive thank you to Jo Alldridge for making it all happen, it was an unforgettable week full of different experiences and fun. View photos. Watch a video of the visit filmed by George Veys, 6.2.

By Freya Deane, 6.1

Bedales students perform at Dubai school as part of drama exchange

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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.

Playwriting with the National Theatre

Bedales students are participating in the National Theatre’s New Views course for young playwrights. The programme involves students receiving guidance from some of the best in the business to write their own 30 minute play. A competition is held to judge the best play with the winning entry staged at the National Theatre with a professional cast. Last year Phil King, who joined Bedales drama department this year, won the teacher play submission and received a staged read at the National. English teacher, David Anson, will be attempting to repeat the teacher success and he, together with Phil, will be helping the students with their drafts. Jemma Kennedy from the New Views course, will visit the students and give them feedback. Students will visit the National as part of the programme to comment on the plays they’ve seen and engage in a debate that connects the young writers with the world of British theatre – a wonderful opportunity for all involved. To find out more about the course visit the National Theatre’s New Views website.

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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.