Bedales Prep granted special permission to stage Moomin musical

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Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the birth of writer Tove Jansson in Finland with a musical performed by pupils over the summer entitled Tales from Moominvalley.

The school received special permission from The Moomin estate to write and perform the musical, with Bedales being one of only three productions in the UK to receive such permission, including a show about Tove Jansson’s childhood at the Unicorn Theatre, London.

Written by Head of Drama at Bedales Prep, Simon Kingsley-Pallant, along with Music from the school’s Director of Music, Ben Harlan and an amazing set created by the Head of Art, Stephen York, the musical follows the lives of the popular characters featured in Jansson’s books including Little My, Sniff and Fillyjonk.

Commenting on the performance, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, said: “The production was enchanting and the pupils magically brought to life the tales from the Moomins. I was delighted to see nearly 100 pupils taking part – through song, dance and some amazing acting performances. We are very fortunate at Dunhurst to have such a talented Arts team  with drama, art, design and music working collaboratively together to produce such fresh and original work; I think Tove Jansson would have been very pleased indeed.”

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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. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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