Playwriting workshop for New Views students

On 5 November British Playwright, Adam Brace, orchestrated a workshop for Bedalians participating in the National Theatre’s course, New Views.  For this the students are to write a short, political play. The session included pitching ideas and receiving constructive feedback from Adam. We were also taught techniques on developing not only our stories, but our characters. For example, we were advised by Adam to write fifty things about each one of our characters to help us approach dialogue, which revealed incredibly useful information to take forwards. We are very fortunate to have such a writer coordinate our sessions and we look forward to having more of these classes with him this year when he reads the first and second draft of all our scripts.

By Lucas Closs, 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 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.

Blurred Lines for New Views students

A group of Bedalian aspiring playwrights, part of the National Theatre’s New Views course, recently went to The Shed on the Southbank in London. We saw the production Blurred Lines by Nick Payne, a performance exploring gender politics and inequality. The name ‘Blurred Lines’ is based on the music video by Robin Thicke released in 2013. The play does not quarrel with the song’s catchiness but it illustrates the video’s undignified image of women. With an all female cast varying in age and lifestyles it demonstrates situations in society that are demeaning towards women. We were all swayed by the production and it certainly inspired discussions on the train back to Petersfield.

By Lucas Closs, Block 5

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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.