We list 14 great reasons to visit Bedford this month
Post Workers Theatre In association with Bedford Creative Arts, The Place Bedford present “Tomorrow’s Great Pageant” Launch Event, Saturday 2 February from 4pm – 7pm
Age guidance: 12+
This event will begin to re-imagine the iconic Suffrage play, ‘A Pageant of Great Women’, a popular allegorical work, for a 21st century non-binary context, aiming to promote a feminist perspective on emancipation. For the launch of the LGBTQ+ Season at The Place, Post-Workers Theatre and Bedford Creative Arts will be joined by a panel of guest writers, critics, practitioners and community activists to collectively discuss and consider a new cast of iconic great people who can begin to represent the values and ideals of a diverse, 21st century LGBTQ+ community. theplacetheatre.org.uk
Zoo Co present ‘Messy’ Sunday 3 February at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Tickets: Adults £5 Children £8.50
Age guidance: 4-8 years
Meet Daisy. She’s got a messy brain and a messy bedroom. No matter what she does, The Mess just seems to follow her about! Multi-award winning Zoo Co present their trademark visual story-telling, puppets, clowning and dance in a show that celebrates the creativity that explodes from The Mess. ‘Messy‘ is BSL inclusive, and fully accessible to d/Deaf and hearing audiences, performed by a Deaf and hearing cast. theplacetheatre.org.uk
Luke Jermay: Intuition, Thursday 7 February at 7.30pm at the Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
Tickets: £14.00 (£12.00 concessions)
Age guidance: 14yrs+
‘Intuition’ is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show ‘Sixth Sense’ entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show, jam packed with phenomenal jaw- dropping demonstrations of intuition, telepathy and prediction; your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed. This will be an experience that is funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting and insightful that you will never forget! Book at quarrytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/
Joe C Brown Ltd present ‘The Shy Manifesto’, Friday 8 February at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
Age guidance: 12+
‘The Shy Manifesto’ is a solo piece that takes the experience of being shy as its central subject – something which has rarely been explored in drama, and yet which touches on many audience members’ lives. 17 year old Callum delivers his manifesto, exploring adolescence, isolation, self-loathing and sexuality. theplacetheatre.org.uk
Public Tree Planting, Sunday 10 February 11am – 3pm, Forest of Marston Vale
Come and be a part of the creation of the Forest of Marston Vale at the free tree planting event. Free shuttles from the Forest Centre will be running all day to take visitors to the planting site. Parking charges apply – please dress for the weather!
Keith Farnan presents ‘Kidocracy’, Wednesday 13 February at 2:00pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8.50)
Age guidance: 6-9 years
‘Kidocracy’ is an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+, presented by Keith Farnan, appearing as his alter ego Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all. Brehon has awoken from a 400-year slumber to find the world in a state of chaos. The grown-ups have clearly made a mess of things and so Brehon offers the boys and girls a chance to rule the island of Kidocracy. theplacetheatre.org.uk
Valentines Games Evening, Wednesday 14 February 7pm – 10pm, Ready Steady Roll Board Game Cafe
Nothing says romance like cheese, wine and loads of board games. Spend the evening playing any games from RSR’s huge collection while enjoying a cheese snack selection, cake and drinks.
Tickets are £12.50 per person and include a sharing cheese board (vegan options available) and expert tuition and recommendations. Soft drinks and cake will be available to purchase and you can bring your own alcohol too for a £5 corkage fee. Book online at shop.readysteadyroll.co.uk
Forest School, Thursday 14 February (10am – 12pm/ 1.30pm – 3.30pm), Forest of Marston Vale
Marston Vale Forest School are hosting special two-hour sessions this half term, for anyone who wants to try den/shelter building, fire lighting, scavenger hunting and woodland arts and crafts. All activities are guided but parental supervision is required. Sessions run at: 10am – 12pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm. £6 per child – accompanying adults are free. Suitable for ages 2 and up. Parking charges also apply. marstonvale.org
Oddsocks Productions present Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants, Friday 15 February at 7.30pm and Saturday 16 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
£17 (£15.50 concessions and £11 under 12s)
Age guidance: 7+
Audiences are in for a treat as Oddsocks bring their trademark humour, fast-paced action and live music to the legend that is Robin Hood! Join Robin, Little John, Maid Marion and, of course, Friar Tuck, as they take on some of their hardest challenges to date: a conniving king, a sinister sheriff and a downtrodden village of peasants whose ‘get up and go’ has got up and gone. Tickets and further information available at www.quarrytheatre.org.uk
Townsend Productions present ‘ROUSE, YE WOMEN Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers’, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £9)
Age guidance: 12+
In 1910, the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world’s attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers, involved in the home-working sweated industries, hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes with their babies and children, for 5 shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week.
Through rousing traditional songs and moving ballads, Townsend Theatre Productions reveals the horrors of sweated labour, Mary Macarthur’s stunning national campaign to expose the perpetrators of this appalling employment, the universal sympathy for the workers, the flood of donations, and the events that led to a final victory. theplacetheatre.org.uk
As part of LGBT History Month Higgins Bedford welcomes Stuart Milk – global LGBT rights activist, veteran campaigner and nephew of Harvey Milk, Saturday 16 February 11am – 4pm
As part of LGBT History Month, The Higgins Bedford is very excited to be a hub venue for the OUTing the Past Festival for the second year running.
From 11am – 4pm the town-centre museum will be full of information on LGBT History, as well as LGBT rights, support and activism from Schools Out UK, Q Youth Bedford and the Terrence Higgins Trust among others.
At 11.30am Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, veteran campaigner and LGBT human rights activist will speak about his work and continuing the work of his uncle. The day continues with a dynamic range of speakers, with talks on the hidden histories of Victorian activists, the history of sex education in the UK, trans-rights activism and finally the mythology of mermaids. Lunch will also be provided.
Stuart Milk has worked alongside hundreds of youth and grass roots activists whom he describes as our everyday heroes and the reason behind our advances.
OUTing The Past Festival is free to attend. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Booking via [email protected] or on 01234 718618. Further programme details are available at www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
BedPop Repair Shop returns, Saturday 16 February
The next BedPop Repair Shop is on Saturday 16 February at the Tavistock Community Centre. If you’ve got something that needs repairing – from a lamp to record player, pair of jeans to a lawn-mover, the BedPop fixers are here to help!
Fixings take place from 12.30pm – 4pm and you can book your slot via their Facebook page: facebook.com/bedpoprepairshop
Extravaganza: the Rock n Roll Cabaret, Saturday 16 February, 8pm Bedford Esquires
‘Extravaganza: The Rock n’ Roll Cabaret’ promises to leave you amazed and dazzled by the imagination of this spectacular event of live music, burlesque, drag and cabaret. Dress to impress! The evening will feature performances from the Rolling Stones Now, magician Jasz Vegas, compere and drag performer Ruby Wednesday, international burlesque star, Briar Rose and the fabulous Ginger Snaps DJing and drag queening. There will be an award for the best dressed guest and ticket price includes an after-show party for more dancing, drinking and extravangazing!
Tickets: £12 from skiddle.com or Esquires, Slide Record Shop and Mario’s Hair Design in Kempston.
Philharmonia Orchestra: Herreweghe conducts Mozart & Bach, Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 7.30pm, Bedford Corn Exchange
Philippe Herreweghe conductor
Bertrand Chamayou piano
BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23, K488
MOZART Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, K551
Conductor Philippe Herreweghe, celebrated for his interpretations of Bach’s music, brings a special performance of Bach’s elegant Orchestral Suite No. 3 to the Corn Exchange stage. Bertrand Chamayou plays one of Mozart’s finest works for piano and orchestra, the radiant Concerto No. 23, and the programme concludes with his extraordinary Jupiter Symphony. This was the last symphony Mozart ever wrote, and the most ambitious, ending with a thrilling finale that takes contrapuntal writing to new heights in a dazzling five-part fugue. philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/residencies/42/bedford