Saturday is enlivened by a series of vivid and distinctive impressions that only a Dunhurst Parents’ Day can provide. To Creative Studies first of all: joining the characterful Block 2 gargoyle projects with their fixed grimaces in stone-effect finish are such wonders as Groups 2’s Peruvian Mocheware Stirrup Pots, which have been a product of the pupils learning about the Moche people, as well as their coling and modelling techniques. Block 1’s perspective work has taken them into De Chirico’s world of surrealist perspective. It is absorbing stuff which shows what can happen when intellect, hand and imagination work together. Next stop is The Comedy of Errors in the marquee. Simon K-P has taken the plot and, well, Simon K-P-ed it, re-shaping it into a work that involves teams of loony scientists, melees of press, swirls of nightclub dancers, squads of law enforcers, motley crews of sailors and, perhaps most memorably, phalanxes of nuns. All this is on top of a band, whose songs have mainly been written by Dunhurst pupils. With all of Blocks 1 and 2 involved (124 pupils), it is a hugely impressive show and an extraordinary feat of logistics and creativity. Along with providing great entertainment to a packed audience, it is great testimony to the power of theatre to engage and enliven. I would be very surprised if any of that vast cast and band does not look back on the weeks leading up to the production and the shows themselves with a very warm feeling about theatre and, more broadly, what happens when you work hard together in a common cause.
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.