This new venture, to be held in the grounds of Bedales School, is a local community based creative outlet that will deliver high quality entertainment, for the local community by the local community. The opening festival will feature productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night.
Jay Green, festival organiser and Head of Drama at Bedales School said: “This is an opportunity for actors to perform open air theatre is in a glorious country setting. We are hoping The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival will be an annual fixture, growing every year in scope and ambition.”
The festival provides an opportunity for actors to work on Shakespeare productions with professional directors Gavin Bruce and David Jackson. David Jackson’s work has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and the National Theatre as well as on BBC Radio 4; he specialises in directing site specific and outdoor work across the UK, for the National Youth Theatre for whom he leads a team of directors. He is on the board of the National Student Drama Festival. David is also a teacher and stand-up comedian. Gavin Bruce trained at RADA with a Masters in Directing; his work has appeared at the Greenwich Theatre and he is Head of Drama at Tonbridge School.
Auditions will take place on Friday 17 February 6.30-9.30pm and Saturday 18 February 10am-1pm at the Olivier Theatre, Bedales School, Steep. For more information, audition form and to register, contact Georgina Harrison on 01730 711599 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.