Jesus and the devil

Recently, 6.1 Drama students visited The Barbican to watch Complicite’s theatrical adaption of The Master and Margarita which was dark and powerful. The book considered “inadaptable” was transformed into a performance of engaging scale and stupefying visuals. Performances from Paul Rhys (the devil) and Cesar Sarachu (Jesus) effectively depicted the pain which comes with the extremes of their characters, Rhys’s devil carried a clearly comical element, but had a sinister presence that gave off a kind of numbness to his performance, and Sarachu found a physicality that added to the awe of the play. The use of projection and lighting really used the extent of the Barbican’s stage and gave The Master and Margarita a unique kind of sensation and debauchery. The play was very well received by the audience and Bedalians who gave it a standing ovation.

By Hoagy Pollen, 6.1


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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