BEDFRINGE 2019

Bedfringe was born very simply out of a visit to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe back in 2004. Subsequently, we teamed up with Sandra Dudley (of Art’icle magazine) with the idea of bringing a little bit of Edinburgh back to Bedford.

This year we celebrate the events 13th year with some fantastic acts; fimiliar faces at bedfringe as well as some brand new talent.

Visit Bedfringe.com for the full lineup

RADIO ACTIVE with ANGUS DEAYTON, PHILIP POPE, MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS & HELEN ATKINSON WOOD

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Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road following a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Among other classic characters expect to catch up with long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor, and the accident-prone Martin Brown, as well as the cast’s original musical creations, responsible for such parody bands as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.

Based on the sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, ‘Britain’s first ever national local radio station’ was written by Angus alongside Geoffrey Perkins, and ran for seven series before transferring to television in the form of BBC2’s KYTV. All surviving members of the original cast reunite for this tour marking 40 years since its stage debut including:

Angus Deayton is best known for hosting the first 23 series of BBC One panel show Have I Got News For You, along with the first 3 series of Hell’s Kitchen and Would I Lie To You. He’s also presented the BAFTA Awards and Comedy Awards, and starred in sitcoms One Foot in the Grave, Pramface and Nighty Night. More recently he’s appeared in Waterloo Road and Bake Off: Creme de la Creme.

Michael Fenton Stevens co-founded The Hee Bee Gee Bees and performed Spitting Image’s number one hit single The Chicken Song. His television credits include roles in My Family, Nighty Night, Outnumbered, Action Team,  Ballot Monkeys and Benidorm.

Helen Atkinson Wood played Mrs Miggins in Blackadder The Third. Twice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards she also appeared in OTT, The Young Ones and Your Cheatin’ Heat. In addition to her acting work, Helen has been a guest on QI and Have I Got News For You.

Philip Pope starred in Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123, as made memorable guest appearances in a number of shows including Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses. More recently Philip has appeared in BBC’s Brian Pern and Channel 4’s Ballot Monkeys. As a composer he wrote hit songs for The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Spitting Image (notably The Chicken Song), as well as for TV shows including Not The Nine O’Clock News, Whose Line is it Anyway?, and The Fast Show.

Ashley Blaker & Imran Yusuf: Prophet Sharing – CANCELLED

Due to a scheduling conflict beyond their control, we are having to cancel the performance of Prophet Sharing at the Quarry Theatre. Full refunds will be issued. Ashley and Imran send their sincere apologies and hope to visit Bedford in the near future.

Two great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf – both stars of their own BBC shows – are joining forces in the most-unlikely double-act since Kermit and Miss Piggy (who neither Ashley and Imran can eat!).

Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair are travelling the UK uniting people of every faith and none for an evening of laughter.

“A slickly funny stand-up show.” NEW YORK TIMES (ON ASHLEY BLAKER)

“Imagine John Oliver in a yarmulke” NEW YORK POST (ON ASHLEY BLAKER)

“A special vein of comic material” ★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES (ON ASHLEY BLAKER)

“Intelligent, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” TIME OUT ON IMRAN YUSUF

“An hour of cheek and charm” ★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT (ON IMRAN YUSUF )

“Sharp, passionate and uplifting” DAILY TELEGRAPH ON IMRAN YUSUF

Tony Slattery: Slattery Night Live!

By popular demand, Comedy Legend Tony Slattery returns to The Quarry Theatre, in conversation with comedy historian, Robert Ross.

After playing to packed houses during 2017’s Edinburgh Festival with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line is it Anyway?, Tony took Edinburgh 2018 by storm with a no-holds-barred reflection on his crazy-paving career and the demons that have consistently dogged his success.

In a specially extended preview version of the show that returns to Edinburgh this August, this welcome revisit to the Quarry Theatre promises (almost) all fresh and hilarious anecdotes on everything from the Cambridge Footlights to Carry On Columbus; as well as rare clips from the archives and the Slattery commercial break!

So if you enjoyed last time, do come again. If you missed out on the fun, book now! You won’t be disappointed.

As can be expected of the King of Improvisation, anything could happen and it probably will…

Griff Rhys Jones: All over the Place (Tour Preview Show)

Griff is back and once again all over the place previewing new material for his forthcoming stand-up tour.

Following sell out performances of his  previous one man entertainments ‘Jones and Smith’ and ‘Where Was I?’ and a hugely acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand, it’s time to join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O’Clock News and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures.

It’s all guaranteed to be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the good and even the royal. Yes, Griff is all over the place this year so make sure not to miss him!

“The jokes come faster than the rapids on the River Tay” THE GUARDIAN