AS drama and three schools music

Sunday sees our AS Drama groups in from 10 working with Phil King and Lyndsey Turner, an assistant director from the RSC, who is bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the monologues and duologues that these 6.1 students are preparing for the examiner’s assessment on Tuesday. A busy week for them as they have their scripted pieces on Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well. I arrive as Vincent Z’s Aston (from Pinter’s Caretaker ) is giving us his harrowing account of being lobotomised. Inspired thinking to bring someone else in to give these final stages of preparation additional edge and fizz. Lyndsey’s approach is to encourage them to relax into their own performance and their own interpretation, rather than their thinking that somewhere out there is a perfect musical score that they should be following. A musical score of a different and more gregarious kind is in evidence on Monday as, for the first time for a while, we assemble strings players from across the 3-18 spectrum to play together in the Quad. You cannot underestimate the effect of having to look up and play “up” to a senior expert student in your field. This kind of occasion is designed to deploy that kind of powerful effect and to capture it on film.

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.