Treasure Island, so redolent of all our childhoods, comes off with brio and pleasing menace. Having seen the first full run through of Act I 8 days ago and aware of the distance travelled, it is especially gratifying to see how much cast and crew have made it their own. Bold use of sound and colour bring Joanne Greenwood’s production design to life. The musicians embrace the sea shanties, adding their own folksy elements and bringing their own distinctive flavour to the show. Proper guns fire and dastardly deeds multiply. A great evening. When thinking on the talent evident and the progress made it is heartening to think that all of these actors have a further 3 or 4 years’ Bedales drama ahead of them. Well done to Jay, Joanne, cast and crew.
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. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.