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

Poems for a Summer’s Evening

The Bedford Poetry Company presents a specially created programme of poetry chosen to reflect the many moods of an evening in the height of summer.

Some of the choices will be well known but others will be far less familiar while there will also be pieces written by the performers. The presentation will be further enhanced by music and song.

RSC LIVE: Measure for Measure

To whom should I complain?

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, directs this new production.

Hansel And Gretel: The Pantomime

The Quarry Theatre’s Premiere Professional Pantomime

A fun-filled, sugar-fuelled, family-friendly pantomime adventure that reminds us ALL not to take candy from strangers (even if they wow you with a fabulous song and dance number!)

Join ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in the Quarry Theatre’s new take on an old favourite; with tasty tunes, magical mayhem and colourful characters (including a 7 foot yeti!) it’s simply not to be missed!

EARLYBIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL 1st JUNE!

Group and Family Discounts Available.

School Performances (16th – 19th Dec) – Contact mleven@bedfordschool.org.uk

 

Tricky Teddy’s Birthday Magic Show

A show for all the family, Tricky Teddy’s Birthday Magic Show features mind boggling Magic, knockabout comedy and great fun with audience interaction. Award winning Krisgar and sidekick Tricky Teddy are back by popular demand at the Bedford Quarry Theatre for the fourth year running, each year the show gets bigger and better!

Produced by Krisgar Entertainments especially for the Quarry Theatre, you won’t want to miss this ‘gift’ of a show!

A Self Help Guide To Being In Love With Jeremy Corbyn

A hard hitting, intelligent, Performance Poetry show about Labour, Tories and the division of the left.

When BBC Slam Champion, Jess Green joined the Labour Party at university in 2007 she doubled the number of members who met weekly in the Liverpool Philarmonic pub. Since then she’s stuck by them through the downfall of Tony Blair, the disappointment of Gordon Brown and the monolith of Ed Miliband. And now after a decade of keeping her membership card firmly at the back of her wallet she’s fallen head over heels in love with Jeremy Corbyn and his raw socialist magnetism but if only everyone else agreed.

How will we ever win another general election when the left is so divided?

Following the success of her first show, Burning Books which received 5 star reviews both at the Edinburgh Fringe and on its national tour in 2015, Jess returns with a rousing, lyrical and humorous look at modern politics; a show which not only received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe but also saw Jess win the BBC Poetry Slam led her to having a cup of tea with the man himself!

“It’s written all over her face and in every word of every poem she performs. She really cares – and that’s what makes it impossible to tear your eyes away from her.” BROADWAY BABY

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

Christina Bianco: First Impressions

From The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Paul O’Grady Show, and ITV’s The Imitation Game, the girl with thousand voices returns to the UK with a brand new show for this nationwide tour. Through her uncanny impressions and musical mash- ups, this “comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice” (TIME OUT) will celebrate the stars who’ve made lasting impressions on us all.

“It’s likely anyone observing this vocal obstacle course will spend many dazzled moments wondering how Bianco does it. Well, she does it with heart-stopping facility.” HUFFINGTON POST

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.

Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear10 Little Rubber DucksThe Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019 The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

BSL Interpretation: We are excited to announce that the 2.00pm performance on Saturday 26th October will have BSL interpretation!

Performance times:

Thursday 24th October: 2.00pm
Friday 25th October: 11.00am
Saturday 26th October: 11.00am & 2.00pm (with BSL interpretation)
Sunday 27th October: 11.00am

Night Terrors

It’s Friday the 13th…

Spine-tingling tales of the supernatural from E.F. Benson’s brilliant collection of ghost stories, Night Terrors.

Masterful storytelling from Gerard Logan, who from the deceptive comfort of an easy chair will transport you to a darker, more sinister world where the unexpected and the unexplainable will intrigue and disturb.

E.F. Benson is now most famous for his humorous series of novels exploring the world of Mapp and Lucia, but in the mid-twentieth century he was more renowned as the author of what he called “spook stories”. The tales are dramatic, haunting and hugely memorable.

Directed and dramatised by the award-winning Gareth Armstrong.