6.2 students attend King Lear lecture day

Last Friday 6.2 English students went to a day of lectures in London on King Lear, our A-Level core text. We heard a range of interesting and useful interpretations of the play ranging from the importance of ‘nothing’ to definitions of madness. I was particularly intrigued by Dr Robert Smallwood’s comparison of Goneril and Regan’s outlooks to Margaret Thatcher’s infamous declaration that ‘there is no such thing as society’; that the sisters represented an unsustainable and uncaring attitude that left the weak, as represented by Lear, to fend for themselves in an environment hostile to their very existence, that parallels the neoliberalism of today. Most important, though, was the returning bus journey, which provided an excellent forum for an in-depth discussion of the lectures and the play.

By Rufus Rock, 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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