Young playwrights gather quills and ink

Alongside countless theatrical feats, last term played host to Bedales’ first encounter with the National Theatre’s ‘New Views’ competition, in which 10 enthusiastic writers entered into the challenging process of writing a 30 minute play, competing against participants across the country to have their piece produced and performed by the National. In doing so, we met once a week to discuss and debate the process and the numerous obstacles that accompany such a diverse practice. Not only did we have enormously supportive guidance from both David Anson and Phil King, we also benefited from a workshop given by our course tutor and National Theatre Playwright Jemma Kennedy, talking meticulously about the importance of plot and audience investment. As the term came to a close, 10 tortured young playwrights gathered quills and ink to finish that all-important ‘First Draft.’

By Talia Pick, 6.2


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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