What’s on Bedford: 13 – 23 January 2022

Need some cultural inspiration? Then look no further than our weekly what’s on roundup.

We’ve got the following 10 days covered, with everything from live music and film to theatre and art and details on the reopening this week of the John Bunyan Museum.


Friday 14 January 2022

Film: Friday Night Feature: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Place Theatre @ 7pm 19:00
Tickets: £5

Director David Lean’s action and adventure epic comes to the Place Theatre. The classic film charts the story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.
Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.


Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January 2022

Live music: NOASIS + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £12

Noasis is the definitive tribute band to Manchester’s swaggering super group, Oasis. Since its formation in 2006 and with over 600 performances to date Noasis has justly earned its reputation.

With an obsessive attention to detail, the band recreates the real Oasis experience with amazing energy playing all the classic songs as if they were their own. This is more than a tribute band this is Oasis from a parallel universe.

Saturday 15 January 2022

Culture: Museum reopening
John Bunyan Museum @ 11am – 4pm
Free entry

The John Bunyan Museum tells the story of Bedford’s most famous former resident

​The John Bunyan Museum reopens this weekend and is the perfect place to discover the story of the Bedford preacher whose writings touched the world and continue to inspire.

John Bunyan wrote a book that transformed literature, and inspired people the world over; The Pilgrim’s Progress. Imprisoned for his beliefs, as a prisoner of conscience, his books and personal example helped transform the way ordinary people worshipped, empowering them and their communities.

​From rural Bedfordshire to world-renown, from pulpit to prison, and from fiery sermons to tales of great beasts and giants – his life and times make for an amazing and colourful story.

The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am – 4pm (apart from Good Friday).

Saturday 15 January 2022

Community: Bedford Repair Cafe
The Place Theatre @ 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Free but booking essential

The Bedford Repair Café is back and at their new venue, The Place Theatre.

Repair Cafes are volunteer-run events, designed to share repair skills and reduce waste.

“Our volunteers are locals who have an interest in repair, be it clothes, bikes, toys or other household items,” explained organiser, Katie Allen. “Not only will you save money and the environment, but you’ll learn something too!”

Bedford Repair Café operates through a booking system, which allows the fixers to prepare for your repairs. Once you are booked in, you can turn up any time during the event. Just make sure to wear a mask.

And yes- it’s really free thanks to the kindness of the volunteer fixers, but you are encouraged to ’tip’ what you can, to help continue running the Repair Café.

Saturday 15 January 2022

Theatre: Spring 2022 launch
Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s @ 2.30pm

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s

Join the Quarry team at the theatre on Saturday as they launch their 2022 Spring programme.

During your visit, you can enjoy discounts at the bar, a flash sale on selected events, a presentation about how the theatre came to be and explore areas of the theatre that most people don’t get to see.

Monday 17 January 2022

Theatre: Broke
Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50/£10.50

Sally is British and broke. If Britain owes over £2,200 billion in National debt and Sally has been on minimum wage for most of her working life with the interest on her debt being equal to her monthly outgoings, then who is more broke; Britain or Sally?

This revival of 2014’s critically acclaimed verbatim production shares real-life stories from the front line of poverty and debt in the UK. ‘Broke’ is a heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a Nation from displaced families and gambling addictions, to beans on toast and blind leaps of faith onto the property ladder.

Based on interviews taken across the UK, multi-award winners The Paper Birds explore what it means to be broke, from ‘feeling the pinch’ to finding yourself penniless, in this visually stunning production incorporating projection, movement and real-life accounts.

Monday 17 January 2022

Film: Monday Night Is Movie Night: Becoming A Queen (2021) + Intro and Q&A
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £5

Becoming a Queen charts the rise and legacy of Canada’s most decorated Caribbean Carnival Queen, Joella Crichton, as she aims to win a historic tenth title in her last ever competition.

This immersive arts and cultural documentary explores expressions of cultural identity, Caribbean artistry and a community’s struggle against a lack of understanding of Carnival in the larger society.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Joella Crichton and director Chris Strikes.

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Live music: Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts
St Paul’s Church @ 1pm

St Paul’s church, Bedford, resumes its new series of lunchtime concerts for 2022. This week’s is a guitar recital by Zoe Barnett.

The recitals are free with a retiring collection (suggested £5) in aid of church funds. Come and enjoy this varied selection.

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Live music: Ferris & Sylvester
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester bring their folk-blues blend to Bedford Esquires as part of the National Lottery’s #ReviveLive Tour.

Buy a ticket to this show and bring a friend for free. “We’ve all missed music and mates over the last year. Now is the time to #ComeTogether to #ReviveLive music.”

Thursday 20 January 2022

Live music: All That Jazz with Mark Hale
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

‘All That Jazz’ is a concert series presented by The Place and curated by drummer Mark Hale.
The series features musical talent from across the country coming together for a night of exquisite live music. Check the website for full details.

Saturday 22 January 2022

Live music: The Best of Take That performed by Rule the World
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £22.50

As Take That celebrate their 25 year anniverasary, Rule the World present a high-energy production dedicated to the UK’s number one boy band.

This spectacular tribute comes complete with a five-piece line up and supporting dancers, magnificent lighting, fast costume changes and exceptional live vocals. The result is an incredibly accurate portrayal of a Take That concert, including the boys being joined on stage by Dan Budd as Robbie Williams who wowed judges on BBC TV’s Let It Shine.

They are the only Take That tribute to have ever been praised by Gary Barlow himself, who described them as “Brilliant! He sounds like me. These guys are good!”

Saturday 22 January 2022

Live music: Desperate Journalist + support
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

Ravagedheart promotions are bringing Desperate Journalist to Esquires this month as part of the band’s ‘Maximum Sorrow’ tour.

Formed in North London in 2012, the band’s name derives from a song The Cure performed at a BBC John Peel radio session in 1979.

The Quietus, reviewing their debut album, described them as “beautiful and spellbinding” while Drowned in Sound said that they had “effortless grace”.

Saturday 22 January 2022

Live music: Two Tone All Skas
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £9

This six-piece ska band cover the best in Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners and Trojan records classics.

The band packed out the venue on their debut visit in 2018 and again in 2019 – we can’t wait to have them back again.

Sunday 23 January 2022

Film: Holocaust Memorial Week: Lapwing
The Place Theatre @ 8pm
Tickets: £5

A mute young woman, Patience, from an isolated community in rural England in 1555, struggles with her controlling brother-in-law and leader, David, who is gradually unraveling after the failure of his idyllic community.

The Egyptian Act has been passed, stipulating that all ‘gypsies’ must vacate England immediately and anyone found aiding them could be executed. In exchange for a fee, David agrees to help an Egyptian family who must stay a month on their land until a ship comes to take them away.
The others in the community tolerate this decision, hoping it could lead them to a more prosperous life. But when Patience pursues an affair with one of the outsiders, she is thrust into a violent and vicious psychological battle with David, who sees her actions as a direct rebellion, and a threat to the power he desperately wants to maintain over the community.

Until 22 January 2022

Exhibition: Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements
Higgins Bedford
Edward Bawden Gallery, Free Entry

Explore the passion for architecture of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden, displaying his originality, wit and skill in giving character to the buildings featured in his work.

Until March 2022

Exhibition: Going to Town – 200 Years of Bedford’s Art
Higgins Bedford
Wixamtree Gallery, Free Entry

Celebrate artists views of Bedford and the surrounding area with a number of watercolours, oils and prints from the past two centuries, some of which haven’t been seen by the public eye in several decades.

The exhibition includes artworks by JMW Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas Fisher and Stanley Orchart, highlighting their fascination with the town and River Great Ouse.

Until October 2022

Exhibition: Warden Abbey Revealed
Higgins Bedford
Outside Settlement Gallery, Free Entry

Research by the Old Warden History and Heritage Society alongside the results of the geophysical survey by MOLA (Northampton) have revealed the grandeur of the medieval Cistercian abbey.

The reconstruction illustration by Peter Dunn based on this work will be on display with a selection of archive items.

Theatre highlights by Paula Walker

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