The Day I Fell Into A Book – SOLD OUT

“Welcome to The Institute.
We conduct experiments into  the power of imaginations.
We want to know what happens to your mind when you read.
We want to get inside your heads.
It is all perfectly safe.
Trust us.”

Using sound, intimate lighting and projection The Day I Fell Into A Book takes its audience into a lost world of classic tales.  Bit by bit, the fiction becomes reality as the stories seep into the room and our imaginations take over.

A binaural sound and theatre experience exploring the magic of reading and the creative vitality of young minds.

The piece has been created by director, performer and composer Lewis Gibson and is aimed at children in KS2 aged 8 to 12.

“How brilliant it is, in 2017, to see 30 children with their noses in a book, lost in a world of stories. It was fantastic to perform and host workshops in these great schools. Kid’s imaginations never cease to amaze me – it’s incredible to experience what pours out of their brains!” LEWIS GIBSON

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors (encore screening)

By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

“Bubbles over with humour. A surefire hit.” The Evening Standard

“One massive hit” The Independent

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

Build a Rocket

Winner of the Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award, Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2019 and The Sunday Mail’s Best Female Solo Show, Build a Rocket is a powerful and uplifting play about triumph over adversity.

Yasmin is a bright 16-year-old from a small seaside town.

In an instant, her world is turned upside down when she becomes pregnant with her son, Jack. Suddenly her life isn’t sandcastles, arcades, and donkey rides.

Abandoned by both the father of her child and her alcoholic mother, Yasmin faces one of life’s great challenges completely alone – but can the thing which threatens to ruin her life actually be the thing which saves her?

“A powerful one-woman show and a tour-de-force from Serena Manteghi whose performance blazes off the stage” ★★★★ YORKSHIRE POST

“Manteghi delivers what will surely be one of the best performances to be witnessed this Fringe” ★★★★ KRYZTOFF RAW

Orlando

From the award-winning creators of Austen’s WomenJane Eyre: An AutobiographyThe Time Machine, Dalloway, and Christmas Gothic.

Orlando: Who is she?  Who is he?  Who are we?

Find out in the life-affirming, comedic tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures across British history – from the 1500s to the present day – provide a magic-realist exploration of human identity; personal, sexual and national.

Drawing on a decade’s worth of critically-acclaimed theatre-making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones – explore what it means to find our place in the world whilst remaining utterly true to who we are.  Based on the satirical 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf.

“A luscious sweeping tale” ★★★★★ The i
Quite simply: it’s astounding” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Outstanding…gripping… Vaughan is never less than magnetic” ★★★★★ Three Weeks
“Perfection… Vaughan is simply sublime” Huffington Post

Thirsty

Based on our nation’s love affair with alcohol, Thirsty weaves together real booze based confessions collected from a ‘drunken hotline’ and hundreds of questionnaires answered by young and old. From nightclubs to working men’s clubs, from house parties to dinner parties; Thirsty relays real accounts from the happy hours to the early hours.

Premiered in 2011 and revived in 2019 for a schools and universities tour, Thirsty fuses verbatim text and stunning physical theatre. The Paper Birds examine binge drinking culture in the UK; with tales of lost memories, gained traumas, bruised knees, uncontrollable laughter, urine stained beds and sore heads.

A dynamic theatre exploration diving beyond statistics, facts and figures Thirsty looks to the faces and voices of everyone who likes a drink and asks why as a nation are we so Thirsty?

“The Paper Birds are expert theatre makers” TOTAL THEATRE

Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howards Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

In an early year of a decade not to long before our own…

The human race encountered a deadly threat to its very existence…

Bedford School Presents a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.

For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential.

The ‘strange and interesting plant’ promises to change the life of Seymour Krelborn, all he asks for in return is BLOOD!

Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy features a cast of Bedford School Boys and BGS Girls and a giant man eating plant!

Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director)
Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Musical Theatre International (Europe)

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe

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!

Group and Family Discounts Available.

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

Dr Faustus

Splendid Productions present a new creative adaptation of an all-time classic. The brilliant scholar Dr Faustus uses his fabulous intellect to summon the actual devil to grant his every wish! But the devil has a price: it will cost Faustus his soul. Is this the best deal in history – absolutely everything for absolutely nothing? Or… is it perhaps the other way round…?

Splendid’s devilish cast of three pack a timeless tale into a thrilling hour of laughter, music, magic and amazement. Morality meets mortality in this ingenious reinvention of an Elizabethan drama that couldn’t be more contemporary.

“a joyous celebration of humanity, and a triumph of physical theatre”  ★★★★ THE LIST (EVERYMAN)

For school group bookings:
Box Office: 01234 362337
or email:
dbaxter@bedfordschool.org.uk / mleven@bedfordschool.org.uk

NT Live: Present Laughter (Encore Screening)

By Noël Coward

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

“The show belongs to Scott” ★★★★★ THE TIMES

“illuminating and luminously funny” ★★★★★ WHATSONSTAGE

“A treat of a production: a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame led by a virtuoso yet beautifully nuanced performance” ★★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES

“Andrew Scott dazzles in Coward’s enduring classic comedy” ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Andrew Scott shines in glorious, revelatory production… Terrific fun” ★★★★ INDEPENDENT