Six Bedalians selected to join NSDF Company

Congratulations are in order for Bedales 6.2 A-Level Drama students: all four of their devised pieces were long-listed for selection for the prestigious National Student Drama Festival. Competing against hundreds of other productions from schools, colleges but mainly universities, it is an exceptional feat for a school performance to be even considered for selection for the Festival. For four pieces from one institution to be in the frame is outstanding. Teachers Jay Green and Phil King have a long relationship with NSDF and cannot think of an equivalent situation. Ultimately none of the four were selected for the final dozen to appear at the Festival, however one (‘My Way’) was short-listed and fell only at the final hurdle. Despite this disappointment, six Bedalians were invited to take up places in the coveted NSDF Company – composed of the best 40 students nationally – and so our warmest congratulations and best wishes go to Evie Cullingworth, Katie Griffiths, Ed Mason, Paddy Baigrie, George Veys and Lucy Waterhouse, all of whom have been asked to join the NSDF Company. They will receive specialist workshops throughout the week at the Festival from The Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as a (free) further development week in London in July. Bedalians will make up the largest single party at The Festival, between 23-29 March when 30 6.1 and 6.2 Drama students, together with Jay, Phil, Jen Moore and Georgie Sampson, will attend the Festival in Scarborough.

By Jay Green, Head of Drama


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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