Shakespeare Society welcomes Hamlet

By Christy Callaway-Gale (6.2)
The purpose of the Bedales Shakespeare Society, predominantly made up of sixth formers, is to read a Shakespeare play and to discuss it with others who share your interest. Hamlet was this term’s choice as A2 English Literature students are, and will be, studying King Lear as their core exam text so we thought it would be useful to have a wider knowledge of the tragic genre. Having read it, we discussed possible links between the two tragedies over supper. We touched on the role of comedy in the tragic form mainly considering the Fool in King Lear and the grave diggers/clowns in Hamlet, as well as the portrayal and attitude towards women in both. Between us we had seen a few different performances of Hamlet, such as David Tennant’s and Rory Kinnear’s, so we were able to compare the different interpretations and consider the difficulty of playing Ophelia with any real depth of character. Finally, we spoke about the next text for the Summer Term and it was suggested that we should go with a lesser known play such as Cymbeline.

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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.

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