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Oliver comes to Bedales Olivier Theatre
120 pupils from Dunhurst, Bedales junior school, took to the stage of the Olivier Theatre at the end of January for three captivating performances of Oliver.
The performers from Blocks 1 and 2 (years 7 and 8) enthralled their audiences, expertly embodying Dickens’ much loved iconic characters. Artful was streetwise dodgy, Fagin creepy, Bill Sykes scary, Nancy movingly powerful and Oliver properly pitiful but engaging. Urchins, Bow Street runners, barmaids and toffs all swept on and off the Olivier stage in a riot of colour and carefully organised bustle.
Jane Grubb, Head of Dunhurst, commented:
“Congratulations to all involved. These performances highlighted the incredible talent of our pupils and their ability to rise to challenges with limitless enthusiasm and energy under the guidance of highly committed staff. A combination of strong principals and fine ensemble work resulted in a wonderful production.
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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.