The Bedford Festival Fringe 2018

The Quarry Theatre is proud to host the 12th annual Bedfringe Festival.

For the last 12 years Bedford’s only Fringe Festival has bought big names in the world of theatre, music and comedy to the town, as a final stop on their way to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe. 2018’s festival is no different, hosting such highlights as Gary Delaney (Double Sony Award Winner), Ivo Graham (BBC’s Mock The Week) and the multi-award winning Pip Utton with ‘Before I Forget, I love you, I love you.’

We also have the return of some Bedfringe favourites Patrick Monohan, back for the 11th time, Magician Pete Firman, and Murder She Didn’t Write (and improvised Agatha Christie style murder-mystery.)

We are not forgetting the smaller family members either this festival with the return of Seska, and (after their SELL OUT performance of Wind in the Willows at Bedfringe 2017) we welcome back Munchkins & Monsters with ‘The Reluctant Dragon.’

Our charity for this year is Austim Bedfordshire, there is an option to donate when you book tickets as well as buckets and staff to chat to around the venue throughout the festival.

The 2018 principal sponsor is: Woodfines Solicitors 

Picture Credit: Makaiya Kosic, Aged 10, Shortstown Primary School

André Rieu 2018 Maastricht Concert

‘Amore, My Tribute To Love’

Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.

Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages. This presentation of André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences.

This summer it will be all about the world of love! Amore, my tribute to love is André’s tribute to love, the love for music and for both of his families: the small one, his wife and children – and the big one, the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

The Rolling Stones Now

Unfiltered – The 20th anniversary tour!

The Rolling Stones Now is a celebration of all that has made the The Rolling Stones legendary. In full costumes, recreating the Stones live shows of the late 60’s – 90’s, Mick’s pout, Keith’s riffs and Bill’s stony face are all on show as the band play some of the greatest songs ever written including ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, ‘Paint it Black’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’.

The Rolling Stones Now were established in 1998 and since then have travelled the country playing thousands of gigs and events. They have appeared with The New Yardbirds, Geno Washington, The Downliners Sect and on France TV with Jimmy Cliff.

Don’t miss a night of struts, riffs and downright dirty Rock n’ Roll where Satisfaction is guaranteed!

“Quite simply the best tribute band on planet rock.” THE SUN

“All the swagger of Jagger. The Rolling Stones Now are a gas gas gas!“ BBC THREE COUNTIES RADIO

First Person

2 players. 30 minutes. 1 Ultimate Prize

Welcome to First Person – your race to the top of life’s success mountain. Do you want to prosper in the cut-throat world of adulthood and find happiness? Then First Person will prepare you for the climb to the summit of life’s health, wealth and wellbeing peaks.

Two players enter the labyrinth of a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize: happiness. The First Person to complete the game and find happiness is the winner! It’s that easy. All they need to do is follow the voice of the unseen Guide and they’ll be just fine. But in our harsh world of winners and losers, is the Guide aiding their journey, or relishing in their demise?

Made especially for public spaces and influenced by video games; First Person is a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre and silent disco technology.  Grab your headphones, predict your winner and cheer them on to the finish line.

Success Mountain is waiting…


Eric’s Tales of the Sea: A Submariner’s Yarn

Award-winning show. True-life submariner and gifted raconteur Eric, gives an insider’s view of life aboard a nuclear submarine.

This show is not to be missed – it is truly unique.

Eric will keep you (mesmerised) hanging on his every word. With a selection of incredible images, he takes us through his experiences, which at times leave the audience scared to breathe in case they miss something.

Heart-warming, real-life personal stories of danger, suspense and true love underwater.

“Captivating” ★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY
“Truly Excellent” ★★★★★ FRINGE REVIEW
“Literally made me gasp out loud” ★★★★★ FRINGE GURU
“Breathtaking” ★★★★ THE LIST
“Beautifully delivered tale of friendship” ★★★★★ HERALD SUN

Photo credit: ©AlexBrenner

NT Live: Julie

By Polly Stenham, after Strindberg

Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version of August Strinberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley

A brand new Children’s theatre show!

Open a book and discover a world where anything is possible. Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful.

Magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences aged 4 to 7 years and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling experience.

Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief.​

Note: Tickets are limited as children sit with the performers in this interactive show!

Chris Megson: Verbatim Theatre in the 21st Century

What is verbatim theatre and why has it risen to prominence in the twenty-first century?

What is involved (and what is at stake) in basing the script for a theatrical performance on the testimony of real people?

How do performers and directors respond to the challenge of ‘staging the real’, and what conclusions might we draw from this discussion about theatre’s place in the contemporary world?

Drawing on a range of practitioners and productions, this lecture explores the methods, possibilities and limitations of verbatim theatre and, in so doing, prompts a consideration of theatre’s role in the wider public sphere.

John Hegley: New & Selected

Writer and performer John Hegley has been described as the Spike Milligan for our time, and as ‘awesomely mundane’ by The Independent.

Alongside the potato poems are other vegetable activities, including Pass the Parsnip, Flinging the Fennel and possibly Vegetaboules. Certainly some French content. Family songs and stories. Drawings of Henry VIII and some dogs. Hearts broken and mended. Jolly and melancauliflower and borrowing the brother-in-law’s wheelbarrow.

Come and singalong. Devised to some extent for adults but with certain appeal to any approaching double figures.


6.30pm drinks reception with raffle.

Film screening: 8.00pm

All profits for this screening will be donated to HOPE.

HOPE promotes the protection of children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata, amongst the most underprivileged in India.

HOPE is dedicated to immediate and lasting change in their lives.

By extending support to children and their communities via 60 on the ground projects, HOPE provides sustainable holistic solutions to protection and development. By providing healthcare, counselling and education, HOPE ensures children in its care enter adulthood equipped with the tools and support they need to live healthy and happy lives.

Our focus in the UK is to create greater awareness and to raise funds for our projects in Kolkata.

About the film:

Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley who, at the age of 5, was separated from his family in India as he fell asleep on a train and woke up 1500 kilometres away from home. An Australian couple later adopted Saroo and after 25 years, he began searching for his Indian family.

“If you have ever been a child, raised a child, lost a child or met a child — or any of the above with respect to a mother — this movie will wreck you.” NY TIMES