2019 Open Evening & Season Launch

Celebrate the start of our wonderful Spring season!

We’re opening our doors for Invited guests and loyal theatregoers. Join us, ‘The Quarry Theatre Team’ as we offer tours around our space, backstage and behind the scenes giving you a glimpse of life in a working theatre.

You can sign up to our Mailing List and the Box Office will be open all night offering discounts to shows in our spring season.

We’ll be taking suggestions for future programming and events, as well as discussing how we can help local businesses and the community as a whole.

So come along, grab a drink and let us know your thoughts.

Rotary Young Musician of The Year 2019

The competition aims to offer young people:

  • the experience of performing on a public stage
  • an opportunity to showcase their musical talent
  • impartial feedback and assessment of their performance by experienced adjudicators

This is the Local Bedford Heat for National Rotary Clubs of GB “Young Musician of Year 2019”. The heats are based on music students with grades between 1 and 8 inclusive.  The competition is open to amateurs to perform all styles of instrumentalists and vocalists.

The selection of music should consist of two pieces in contrasting styles and the total time for both pieces combined must not exceed 10 mins.

Competitors are asked to wear appropriate smart clothing.

The competition is not open to full time students of music or performing arts.

The 2019 National Final is on Saturday 4th May 2019 at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford

Bedford Writing Competition 2019 Presentations Evening

Judges Sue Moorcroft, novelist, and Rory Waterman, poet and senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, will be announcing and reading the winning entries of the 2018 competition.

Sharon Priestly will be presenting the Bedford Prize to a local writer.

Charity donations will be made to “Just be a Child” and women’s refuge in Bedford, Bedford.

Our Programme for this Evening:

• 6.30pm. Doors Open. Please enjoy drinks at the bar.

• 7.00pm. Welcome by Judith King: Chair of the BIWC committee

• 7.10pm Presentation of Donations to this year’s charities:

Butterfly House Women’s Refuge, Bedford
Just be a Child. ( Dr. Lenka McAlinden)

• 7.30pm The Results by this Year’s Judges, Presentation of Prizes and Readings from Winning entries.

Rory Waterman: Poetry
Sue Moorcroft: Short stories.
Sharon Priestly: Bedford Prize story

• 8.45pm Vote of Thanks to the judges

• 9.00pm Please join us in the bar for a chance to chat with the judges, writers, readers and committee members.

*Timings are approximate

The Ephebe Chorus of Ancient Greek Theatres

The role of the chorus in ancient Greek tragedy was performed by ephebes.

Ephebes, idealised for being in the prime of their physical lives, are the age-class of young Athenian men (18-20 years of old) who would soon embark on two years of compulsory military service.
Drawing on Dr. Shüler’s recent publication “The Greek Tragic Chorus and Its Training for War”, from War and Theatrical Innovation (2017), this lecture begins by arguing that tragic choral training and performance functioned as a surrogate military training for these young men.

Furthermore, the lecture introduces Dr. Shüler’s current research into how same-sex desire from the predominantly adult male citizen audience might inform their reading of the ephebe’s dancing body.