Bedales creative genie

The creative genie has been perky here over the past few evenings – and I have seen (literally, as they say) only half of it. Evening meetings have meant that I have only seen half of the Extended Project presentations (6.1) and the BAC devised pieces (Block 5) – a modest performance by me but splendidly perky from our performers.

Monday evening and the SLT’s audience have 5 different Extended Projects presented: Emily B’s chronicle of (great) photos of dancers; Louis G’s technically bristling account of recording an album; Chloe G described her quest for the material for her short story about Romany gypsies; Juliette P has written the equivalent of a small book’s worth of thoughts (divided into a mere 20  articles) on Feminism; Harry M  has been exploring how the visual representation of George Washington was used to reinforce the American idea of Manifest Destiny; and finally Peter P, inspired by such influences as Ginsberg‘s Howl, and under the aegis of the National Theatre’s (great) New Views scheme, has written a play, which we all hope to see, either here or in the more brutalist surroundings of the NT.

As for the Block 5 BAC drama, I catch only 3 performances in the second half of the show on Wednesday evening; they all show a willingness to challenge the audience’s expectations of what the theatrical experience should entail; all have a bold willingness to use the range of genres and media available to them; and all show the way that intriguing things happen when a group grips an idea and, with the benefit of influences like George Grosz, Brecht and Forced Entertainment, carries that idea through to its dramatic conclusion.

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.