The Tempest

On November 18th Bedelsford’s students were delighted to showcase their original, adapted version of The Tempest.

The students worked hard in the weeks building up to the performance to inspire and help Tim, Tom and Elliot from Thrift Theatre to create the music, which became the foundation of our show.  We then performed our story to a live audience at The Rose Theatre.

The magical experience gave our students and staff lasting memories of the story and the process.  The opportunity allowed our students to perform in a new environment to a public audience.  It helped them gain confidence and highlighted capabilities that had never been shown before.  It truly was, ‘such stuff as dreams are made on!

A huge thank you to all the staff involved and congratulations to the students on their fantastic performances.

Here are some of the fantastic comments we received following our performance:

‘Have seen one of the most remarkable ‘Tempest’ tonight from Bedelsford.  Not a dry eye in the house. Life affirming’  Freeman’s Juniors

I was in the audience at The Rose Theatre last night and I want to congratulate the children and staff from your school for their performance.  It was engaged, uplifting, inventive and wonderful fun. An enormous amount of work must have gone into preparing for the performance and it was obvious that the children really enjoyed it. Tim Davies, Trustee, The Children’s Trust

I am a Governor at Epsom and Ewell High School so was at The Rose Theatre last night to see the Shakespeare in Schools Festival and had the privilege of seeing your school’s performance of the Tempest.  I am a former drama teacher and a GCSE examiner and I would like to say that the movement, music and simple set pieces were used extremely effectively to create a great piece of theatre.  It was a joy and an inspiration to watch your young people and their helpers.  Please pass my thanks and congratulations to all concerned.  Judy Quaife

Thank you for the inspirational performance of The Tempest at The Rose Theatre tonight. Every pupil was magnificent and held the audience spellbound just as Shakespeare would have hoped for Caliban’s Island. Your teacher directors, musicians and support team were outstanding …the school can be very proud. What struck me most was the love in action.  It was a party!! Thanks again and kind regards.  Nick Stevens

We were also mentioned in The Economist! Follow the link to read more: https://www.economist.com/prospero/2019/11/26/the-shakespeare-schools-festival-does- more-than-celebrate-the-bard

The school is truly ‘outstanding’ indeed and we don’t mean just in the sense of how Ofsted have classified it.

Parent of Year 7 child

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