New Views group inspired at the National

The New Views group returned to the National Theatre to be inspired by the revival of Simon Stephens’ Port. Being great admirers of his work, we were anxious to see what all the fuss was about, convinced we would not be let down. Although the script, as always, had his superhero touch of classically effortless naturalism, we were disappointed by the mundane and sluggish plot. The acting, direction and set were flawless and overall we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. However, Port made us realize that it takes a lot more than good dialogue to make a good piece of theatre. This made us acutely aware to (try to) not make the same mistakes in our own scripts that we are currently writing.

By Lilly Lewis and Evie Cullingworth, 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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