Rocket Girl

From the makers of Ingo’s War.

The year is 1969 and the world is changing. Beehives and miniskirts are all the rage; Everyone is listening to The Beatles; Where a bag of fish and chips would cost you 25p. And NASA has just put the first man on the moon. The world is transfixed and everyone is watching, including eight-year-old Maisie Robinson. From the very moment she saw man on the moon, Maisie knew that she was destined to be an astronaut. In her dreams she travelled beyond the earth’s atmosphere and flew amongst the brightest of stars. But unknown to Maisie, people had other plans about her future. After all, girls don’t do science, do they?

Using an amalgamation of storytelling, puppetry and movement with an original score, Ditto Theatre Company invites you to join us in making the impossible possible as one girl battles to become…Rocket Girl!

Rocket Girl was developed in association with the National Theatre of Scotland as part of their 2018 Exchange Programme.

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

‘I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath…’ That’s what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, the painting and what happened next.  

Simon Munnery is a Chortle Award winner, Barry Award winner, Sony Radio Award winner, British Comedy Award nominee and Perrier Award nominee. His stand-up career spanning 32 years has seen him regularly perform all over the world and star in several of his own major television and radio projects.

He is best known for his character creations Alan Parker: Urban Warrior, Buckethead and The League Against Tedium and his TV/radio projects such as BBC2’s Attention, Scum!, BBC Radio 1’s League Against Tedium and BBC Radio 4’s Where Did It All Go Wrong? His most recent television appearances include The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), The Culture Show, It’s Kevin and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC2) and recent radio credits include The News Quiz and Dilemma (BBC Radio 4).

Much Ado About Nothing

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

Join their all-male troupe in The Quarry Theatre Garden for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well – a group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.

This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

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Sam & Mark’s On The Road Show

Children’s TV royalty Sam and Mark, as seen on CBBC’s Big Friday Wind-Up and Copycats, are taking to the road with a brand new live show this half term.

Join the BAFTA award winning duo for an unmissable hour of entertainment jam packed with sketches, jokes and games in a show full of fun and laughs for all the family.

Rags to Riches

With Helen Crayford

Helen’s fascination with Ragtime and Jazz prompted her to devise a solo show “Rags to Riches”, which has been greeted with great enthusiasm from London’s South Bank to the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, not to mention Italy, New York and the Caribbean!

At the age of eight, Helen won a scholarship to study piano and trumpet on Saturday mornings at the Guildhall School of Music, subsequently reading music at Cambridge. She then undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, winning a French Government Scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

On leaving, she was invited to join the prizewinning all-female Brass Quintet, the Gallina, which went on to perform in many colourful venues, such as a floating platform in the middle of Stourhead Lake in Wiltshire, and the roof terrace of Covent Garden Market at its opening ceremony.

Helen gradually became more in demand as a pianist, both in ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia and also in the opera world, working as a coach for many British and European companies. In 1995, her violinist sister Marcia invited her to form a Duo, a venture which has taken them from the Isles of Scilly to Princeton University. More recently, she has been busy as an orchestral keyboard player with the Philharmonia, among others, and is a member of the newly-formed Kentish Piano Trio.


“You say to me, your brain is broken. It’s like an adult brain, but it doesn’t work properly.

 I say to you, my brain isn’t broken. It’s like this for a reason.

 I am becoming who I am”

Inside every adolescent brain, 86 billion neurons connect and collide to produce the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.

Bedford School’s own Boycott Theatre Company present to you BRAINSTORM. A unique theatrical investigation into how teenagers’ brains work, and why they’re designed by evolution to be the way they are. Created with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm is a thrilling exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.

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.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr

Students from the Pauline Quirke Academy, Bedford perform Disney’s Aladdin JR.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.

The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for your young performers!

21 Chump Street: The Musical

21 Chump Street is a fifteen-minute mini-musical with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is known for creating the Broadway musicals In the HeightsBring It On the Musical, and Hamilton. Directed by Miles Leven and featuring students from Bedford School.

The show was based on the true story of Justin Laboy and his interview with This American Life, Episode “What I Did For Love”.

The Story; a high school student falls in love with an undercover police officer, and is ultimately arrested for selling drugs to the officer in an attempt to impress her.

Music and Lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda

An amateur production by arrangement with Concord Theatricals LTD. On Behalf of R&H Theatricals.

Based on the story by Robbie brown which originally appeared on WBEZ’s This American Life.