Get Bedfringe ready with our essential guide to this year’s festival


Bedfringe begins on Monday 15 July, and with more than 150 shows taking place over 13 days in six venues, there is definitely something for everyone.

The Place Theatre once again joins the Quarry Theatre to host comedy, theatre, dance, music, poetry, film, children’s events and more and – in association with the Bedford Clanger – we’ve put together your ultimate guide to making the most of the 13 day extravaganza.

Firstly, head to the Bedfringe website or pick up a bright pink programme to check out the full lineup.

There are some free events taking place too, including the blender music stage in the Quarry Theatre garden on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July, free circus skills workshops at 11am and noon on Sunday 21 July and a thespian-inspired exhibition by the Circus of Illustration entitled ‘All the World’s a Stage’ in the Quarry Theatre gallery.

There’s a lot to choose from, so we’ve asked Bedfringe Director, James Pharaoh, to give us his top pick of this year’s shows:

BedfringeSilent Adventures: Sight Singing in Bedford!
Saturday 20 July from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tickets: £10.50 – £11.50
Age guidance: All

Join the Silent Adventures Team, as they lead you in song and dance around the streets & squares of Bedford for their famous one-hour guided adventure. Expect all your inhibitions to evaporate away, as you don hi-tech headsets and bust some funky new moves, whilst singing your heart out and serenading the rest of the world.

So “what on earth is it?” we hear you ask. Well, it’s a flash mob. It’s a silent disco. It’s a roaming, rhythmic riot across the town!

BedfringeSplash Test Dummies
Saturday, 20 July at 2:00 pm
Tickets: £10.00 – £12.00
Age Guidance:All

Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy, for which the Dummies are famous.

Are you ready to be taken on a new adventure?


Andrew Maxwell: All Talk (Edinburgh Preview)
Wednesday, 24 July at 9:00 pm
Tickets: £10.00 – £12.00
Age Guidance: 14+

With a memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, Andrew is also known for his eagle-eyed, passionate, current-affairs comedy, showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome to Wherever You Are, Public Enemies) and on television in shows such as, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You.

BedfringeDavid Alnwick: Actual Magic (Edinburgh Preview)
Saturday, 27 July at 6:00 pm
Tickets: £8.00 – £10.00
Age Guidance: 13+

Dave Alnwick is a Magician.  This is a Magic Show. With thirteen full-house Edinburgh Fringe runs, three national tours and one TV special under his belt, this new show for 2019 is definitely not to be missed.

BedfringeMaureen Younger: Out of Sync (Edinburgh Preview)
Wednesday, 24 July- 9:00 pm
Tickets: £8.00 – £10.00
Age Guidance: 18+

Maureen Younger is feeling at odds with the world.

It doesn’t help that she’s the only straight white woman that performs on the urban and gay comedy circuits, or that she is enthralled with Austrian and German literature. Is it time to fit in or just revel in her own eccentricity? Join Maureen, as she celebrates being unapologetically true to herself, even if it means being Out of Sync.

BedfringeROOM (for 1)
Monday, 22 July – Friday, 26 July
Performance times: 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm
Tickets: £9.00
Age Guidance: 14+

You step inside. The walls are on fire. There’s an envelope on the floor. The phone rings. What would you like to do?” Welcome to ROOM, a story that we tell together. One audience member. 20 minutes. Everything is live and improvised in response to your imagination. Crazy? Surreal? Quiet? Romantic? Far out? Far in. Anything can happen. Shall we begin?

More Bedfringe info and interviews are featured in the July issue of the Bedfringe Clanger