Sinister porcine honking from Bedales Assessed Course

Intriguing to see the way in which our BAC Theatre Arts students have developed their ideas and, most often courageously and skilfully, dramatised them in their devised and scripted pieces. I see them on their first night, within the intimate setting of the Drama Studio (the original music school), prior to the examined performances on the second night. As with the English Literature BAC, the amount of material covered and the expectations on the students mean that the nature of the educational journey is richer and more demanding than GCSE. The final pieces are impressive. We have a scripted piece telling the story of Animal Farm, with the aid of distinguishing hats, plenty of increasingly sinister porcine honking, a chorus of sheep and some suitably stirring propaganda. Then there is a splendid contrast with two devised short dream pieces based on the unlikely and fabulous combination of the Shipping Forecast and Heligoland. Two groups then join together for the concluding pieces which are devised pieces based on the Canterville Ghost – scary! But not quite as scary as those propagandising pigs. Here at 50 Church Road Farm, the cut-price, former Waitrose hens are laying with Boxer like industry.

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.