Groundbreaking Sixth Form Production

Sixth Form Production

The Sixth Form Production of Fewer Emergencies this week was truly groundbreaking work by the whole cast and the Director, Phil King. The work done on the set and lighting, which employed the use of projection, coupled with the fantastic performances by everyone on stage, either acting or helping with lighting, projection or sound, has ensured this is a pioneering production at Bedales. Their interpretation of Martin Crimp’s script, which is just text with no stage directions or even characters, was intriguing and at points very moving. The play consisted of three separate, smaller pieces which were interwoven beautifully, and has already led to discussion between various students as to what the play was about, as it is ambiguous in nature. Everything on stage, from the lighting which was done largely by the cast themselves, to the projections, to the acting and the music was slick and well done, and everything came together wonderfully to form a touching yet humorous piece of theatre.

By Harry McWhirter, 6.2


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.

Twisted comedy leaves audience in hysterics

The Olivier Theatre hosted Shockheaded Peter. Directed by Phil King, designed by Joanne Greenwood and with music arranged by Neil Hornsby, the theatre became alight with uncanny and humorous tales conjured by German writer Heinrich Hoffmann. The twisted comedy in these short stories was enough to have the audience in hysterics. The cast comprised students from all Blocks at the Senior School as well as talented musicians and technicians. A highlight of the play was the use of gymnastic skills including hula-hooping and stilts. With many stand-out performances, the play received a plethora of laughs and an overall outstanding reception. The entire cast and crew put on a powerful and memorable production. View photos.

By Alex Macdonald, Block 4

Shockheaded Peter

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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.

Creative talent on show

An even greater focus on creative writing has extended to students participating in the National Theatre’s New Views programme. Working with Phil King and David Anson, with additional expert advice from National Theatre playwright Jemma Kennedy, the students have each developed an original 30-minute play script. These scripts are entered into a national competition, where the winning script will be awarded a production in the National Theatre’s new space, The Shed. A different selection of our scripts will be presented on each of two nights, 25 and 26 June, at 7.30pm in the Theatre. Free tickets are available from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

New Views Rehearsed Readings

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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.

The Relapse: a substantial performance

The way in which the varied ages of students came together to perform such a substantial and effective performance of The Relapse this week was a delight to watch. This restoration comedy written in 1696 still managed to make an audience of all ages laugh. A modern twist (Phil King’s debut into his Bedalian career wasn’t going to go unnoticed) came through the constant underscore of remixes such as Candi Staton’s You Got The Love, and a clean crisp white set, with contrasting light. The elegance in which the actors carried themselves on stage was captivating. A big well done to everyone involved for creating something so special. View production programme. View photos.

By Cecily King, 6.2

The Relapse

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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.