Bedford School launches star-studded local arts festival

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Bob Barrett
Bob Barrett (Dr Sacha Levy in Holby City) with his wife, Rebecca Charles at Bedford School

A star-studded programme was launched today for a festival celebration of art, music and drama in Bedford.

Holby City star and Old Bedfordian, Bob Barrett, officially opened the Creative Arts Festival, hosted by Bedford School, which runs from 22 June – 4 July.

Audiences will be also treated to an evening with Whose Line Is It Anyway? comedian, Tony Slattery, who will be in conversation with comedy historian, Robert Ross, reflecting on the highs and lows of his career and personal life.

And adding to the stellar line-up is broadcaster and poet Ian McMillan and cartoonist of the year Tony Husband, who will be presenting A Cartoon History of Here, a performance with Bedford School pupils that reflects upon the local stories and legends surrounding Bedford.

The show will include fast-flowing improvised elements and interaction with the audience as well as live drawing from Tony.

The festival will bring together musical performances, dramatic productions, celebrations of the spoken word, exhibitions of artwork and more.

James Hodgson, Headmaster at Bedford School, said: “This is such an exciting celebration of creative arts and one that is an increasingly popular event in Bedford.

“The arts are hugely important to Bedford School. They’re not just part of the curriculum, they play a role in every aspect of life here.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming this festival to the people of Bedford for another year, it’s set to be our best one yet.”

The full programme of events can be found here: https://www.bedfordschool.org.uk/news-events/creative-arts-festival-2019/

Tickets are available to the public via the Quarry Theatre website: www.quarrytheatre.org.uk