Oliver! Oliver!

To Dunhurst’s Oliver! last night – a triumph! With over 100 students involved, it is the most fantastic group achievement for Simon K-P, Rosie Nash (choreography) and Nat Scott (music). A combination of strong principals and fine ensemble work make for a wonderfully entertaining evening. Impressive too that the musicians are all home-grown. It unrolls with panache and conviction: the Artful is streetwise dodgy, Fagin creepy, Bill Sykes scary, Nancy movingly powerful and Oliver properly pitiful but engaging. Urchins, Bow Street Runners, barmaids and toffs sweep on and off the Olivier stage in a riot of colour and carefully organised bustle. The collective sense of enjoyment and pride at a massive, successful common endeavour is palpable: memories of such feelings will be deeply imprinted on the cast and crew. Looking to the future too, it is very cheering to think of such talent and energy moving up through the school.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools


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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.