Bedfringe 2021 launches this week with over 100 events to choose from

Bedford’s very own Festival Fringe is back in town from Thursday 22 July to Sunday 1 August, with over 100 events, from comedy and theatre to music and poetry.

Bedfringe events will be at the Quarry Theatre, both on the Garden Stage and in the auditorium and festival director, James Pharaoh, is confident that with venues running at 50% capacity they’ve minimised the risks.

“We have been running events from The Quarry around all of the lockdowns, so we’re seasoned Covid-secure venue managers,” he told the Bedford Clanger.

“Though exhausting at times it’s great fun working with our performers and volunteers. We are obviously grateful to our sponsors and… of course… the members of the public who will be coming along to see some great performances.”

Director’s picks

As ever, the Clanger has asked James for his Director’s Picks and this year he’s ear-marked Silent Adventures (also highly recommended by the Clanger), Jonny & The Baptists (the funniest, most joyful and uplifting show you will ever see about feeling totally bereaved) and police sergeant turned stand-up, Alfie Moore.

“We are not going to full capacity but running indoor venues at 50% only.  Each venue has its own air extract system so we will be keeping all risks to a minimum.  We will also be monitoring numbers in the Quarry garden.”

The Bedford Clanger’s Paula Walker has selected some highlights from this year’s programme.


Saturday 31 July at 12pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8)
Age guidance: 18+

Lost in the middle of the mountains, a self-assured, powerful woman realizes that she got it all wrong. In order to survive, she has to admit that asking for help is her way out. A one-woman show that will remind you what it is like to be human.


Sunday 25 July at 2pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8)
Age guidance: 5+

A turbo-charged chaotic comedy magic show for all ages.

Simon Munnery: The Targets of Cold Ambridge

Friday 23 July: at 9pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8)
Age guidance:14+

Meet the Targets of Cold Ambridge, the publess, shopless shanty village not even recognised by Ordnance Survey, in Simon Munnery’s latest project.

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