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

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

John Hegley’s New & Selected Potatoes

A greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation (with some new stuff) from ‘Comedy’s poet laureate’ (Independent).

Poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasses-wearer, John Hegley has captivated and devastated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals, at gigs at the Edinburgh Festival, and with numerous appearances on radio and television.

This new compilation shows the breadth of his appeal, with seriously funny, cleverly comic poems on every-thing from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and – of course – potatoes.

His Bloodaxe New & Selected Potatoes includes work from several of his books, but not from his latest collection of new poems, Peace, Love & Potatoes (Serpent’s Tail), one of the biggest selling poetry titles of 2012. His previous books include two other poetry bestsellers, My Dog Is a Carrot and Uncut Confetti.

“John Hegley is to potatoes what Wordsworth has been to daffodils” THE OBSERVER

“A mainstay of the alternative comedy scene… an incurable entertainer” THE GUARDIAN

“Consistently plain-speaking yet metaphysical, mordant yet mellifluous, experimental yet traditional…he speaks many a true word in jest…one of our most entertaining and communicative poets” MICHAEL HOROVITZ, THE TELEGRAPH.

WiFi Wars

Whilst our friends across the pond enjoy their annual National Video Games Day, The Quarry Theatre brings to you the fabulously entertaining WiFi Wars!

Wi-Fi Wars is a live comedy game show where you play along! Log in with your smartphone or tablet (make sure you’ve got plenty of battery!) and compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges to win the show, and prizes!

Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil (Team Captain on Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, host/regular on Challenge TV’s Videogame Nation), the show has its own residency at the prestigious Royal Institution in London, where they broke a Guinness World Record for “Most People Playing A Single Game of Pong” (286 people, the previous record was 251) .

An early version of the technology used in the show was developed by Rob Sedgebeer and loaned to the live incarnation of Go 8-Bit, which you may have spotted in things such as Time Out (Critic’s Choice), Metro (Top Ten London Geek Nights Out), The Guardian (“Not To Be Missed”) and on BBC Radio 4 Extra. They also had their own stage at Eurogamer’s EGX, welcoming over 80,000 people to the event over its four day run at Earls’ Court. Rob’s tech is also used extensively in the TV show, and recently entertained the 8,000 people attending ESL One at Arena Birmingham.

WARNING: YOU NEED TO BRING A CHARGED SMARTPHONE – YOU WILL PLAY ALONG WITH THE ENTIRE SHOW ON IT.

“While Go 8-Bit is essentially a video game-themed interactive competitive comedy night, its offspring WiFi Wars asks an audience to crowd control video games on stage using their mobile phones together. Not to be missed!” THE GUARDIAN

“It might sound clichéd, but ‘fun’ is the most apt word for it….The games range from 8-bit classics to 3D first-person shooters, and they’re all mightily impressive. Remember the pure enjoyment of playing video games as a kid? Here, it’s recreated on a massive scale.” THE LIST

Recommended by: THE TIMES (Hot List) | METRO (Geek Diary/Top 10 London Geek Nights Out) | RADIO TIMES (10 of the Best Weird and Wonderful Shows, Edinburgh Fringe) | TIME OUT (Critic’s Choice) | DEN OF GEEK (“Incredible…Amazing… The best night out for classic videogame fans we can think of”) | SHORTLIST MAGAZINE (To Do List) | TV CREAM (“If you get the chance to see WiFi Wars, do so because…it’s brilliant fun” (Review of the Year)

The Noise Next Door- AT SEA!

The Noise Next Door are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm.

The boys are back and will once again be delighting family audiences with a shiny new family show THE NOISE NEXT DOOR AT SEA!

 

The Noise Next Door are swinging back into action with an epic new show that’s fun for the whole family! Join our crazy crew for an adventure on the high seas as we need your help to chase down the fearsome Captain Bloodbeard. The Noise Next Door will take your suggestions and transform them into jaw-dropping scenes and mind-blowing songs in the blink of an eye that are equal parts swash-buckling and side-splitting.

 

With mermaids, magic, sea-shanties and swords, this anarchic afternoon with the quickest wits in comedy is one you’ll treasure forever.

 

As seen on BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ and ITV1’s ‘Tonight at the Palladium’.

The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!!

THE NOISE NEXT DOOR are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm.

The boys are back with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!!

 

Eight time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one of the country’s most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit and totally original comedic talents. They have been performing their own distinctive brand of off-the-cuff comedy together since they met at university.

Taking audience suggestions, the cheeky and charming quartet, transform them into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.

The Noise Next Door have appeared on BBC One, BBC Three, ITV1, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, they were nominated for a Chortle Award in 2014, and have performed alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill. Having received standing ovations in front of corporate dinners, the British forces, secondary school students and even fans at ‘Download’ Heavy Metal music festival, they are also one of the most versatile acts in the business. Unstoppably funny and uniquely talented, The Noise Next Door are the next big thing in British comedy.