What’s on Bedford: 10 – 20 November 2022

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What’s on Bedford! Our latest round-up of the very best art, culture, live music, theatre, comedy and more, right on our doorstep. Enjoy!


Tuesday 8 November to Saturday 12 November 2022

Community Theatre: The Deep Blue Sea
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm each evening
Tickets: from £8

1952.

The lives of the residents of a small unfashionable West London townhouse are thrown into turmoil, over the course of a single day, in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt.

Suspended at the centre, Hester Collyer, caught between a tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and her estranged High Court judge husband, paints a portrait of passionate longing, solitude & need, against a backdrop of post-war social structures.

As the veneer begins to peel, a new inner landscape is uncovered, tinted with melancholy & muted hope.


Thursday 10 November 2022

Live music: Echobelly + Duzzy Avocado
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17.50

Britpop darlings head to Esquires with support from Duzzy Avocado.


Friday 11 November 2022

Live music: Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £25/£23

Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years is the most authentic-sounding concert to the unforgettable music of Simon and Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, they perform the songs in a truly captivating way, against a backdrop of iconic imagery, delicately recreating the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo.

Hear many of the hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and Bookends’ own beautiful rendition of the unforgettable Bridge Over Troubled Water. This is without doubt the closest thing to Simon and Garfunkel touring the world today.


Saturday 12 November 2022

Family theatre: Full House Theatre present: Museum Theatre
Panacea Museum @ 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm
Free entry

(image: Shaun Armstrong)

Join Full House Theatre for a promenade musical theatre retelling of the story of the historical – but quite bonkers – Panacea Society.

Prepare to be fascinated and amazed by the story of the Panacea Society, brought to life in a live theatre experience in the beautifully preserved buildings of the Panacea Museum.

Come along and explore the unique history of a female-led community that created their own Garden of Eden in the heart of our town.


Saturday 12 November 2022

Live music: Mad Mods and Englishmen
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £10

Following a packed-out show earlier in the year, it’s time to ‘save the date’ as we welcome Mad Mods back for another show.

Anyone that has seen the ‘Mad Mods’ live will tell you that they are no traditional covers band. Their energetic performances have built them a massive following and they have a reputation of packing every venue they play at, and then bringing the house down!

Their repertoire includes hits from The Who, Small Faces, The Kinks, Rolling Stones, Spencer Davis, Yardbirds, The Jam and many more, and yes, they’ve even been known to smash the odd guitar up on stage!

The band will be playing two sets with no support on the night, doors open at 8pm with the band hitting the stage around 8.30pm.


Sunday 13 November 2022

Children’s Theatre: Rise and Fall
The Place Theatre @ 11am and 2pm
Tickets: from £5

In Rise And Fall you’ll meet all manner of balloons from small floating moons to vast bouncing orbs. Forever expanding and contracting, balloons are free to float, fly and sway. Hold your breath and go sailing away.

Rise and Fall is a poetic and intriguing performance for young audiences about holding on and letting go. Suitable for ages 2+.


Sunday 13 November 2022

Shopping: Bedford Flea, Affordable Art and Local Produce market
Harpur Square @ 10am

It’s Flea-mas in Bedford on Sunday 13 November, with a bumper market featuring unique flea finds, gorgeous affordable art and delicious local produce. The perfect place to do your Christmas shopping!

They’re also launching their limited-edition Flea tote bags, so don’t miss out…


Sunday 13 November 2022

Live music: Roadhouse play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm – 8pm
Free entry

Esquires welcomes Roadhouse back to the Sunday Afternoon Session.


Tuesday 15 November 2022

Live music: Tuesday Lunchtime Concert
St Paul’s Church Bedford @ 1pm
Free entry with a retiring collection (suggested £5) in aid of church funds

This week’s lunchtime concert at St Paul’s church, Bedford features the Peregrine Recorder Ensemble.


Wednesday 16 November 2022

Children: Autumn Jackastory
The Place Theatre @ 10.30am
Tickets: Pay What You Can

Listen to members of The Place team read their chosen children’s stories and discover some new favourites of your own. You are welcome to bring your own book suggestions with you too. Each session runs for forty-five minutes to an hour, with a break for refreshments.

This will be a very relaxed event with young, and old, being invited to join the readers on the stage in an intimate and friendly atmosphere, on a mound of comfortable cushions!

(Aimed at 2-5-year olds, but all ages welcome)


Wednesday 16 November 2022

Music: St Neots Big Band Concert
The Place Theatre @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £12

An evening in the company of fifteen musicians able to effortlessly shift from the classic sounds of the 40s through to the best tracks of recent years, with everything in between.

The event is to raise funds for the PSPA charity and to commemorate the life of Bedford-born Alex Lees 14.11.1937 to 18.08.2021 who was a big fan of St Neots Big Band and was always there for practice nights and events when he could.

We promise a good evening of musical enjoyment, and hopefully a catch-up with friends old and new.


Thursday 17 November 2022

Live music: Pellow Talk – Marti Pellow
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £30/VIP £45/VIP meet & greet £75

An intimate eveing with Marti Pellow, like you’ve never seen him before. This night of stories and follows Marti’s life not just as a singer and songwriter with Wet Wet Wet, but as a boy and a man.

“ There’ll be laughter as we travel from the banks of the River Clyde to the top of the charts, then onto Broadway and beyond. There’ll be no mask and no character,” he says.

“This is me, Marti, stepping out of the shadows, speaking directly to you. The invitation is there. I hope you come and spend some time with me. Enough living has been done for a life to unfold. Enough years have passed for a story to be told.”


Friday 18 November 2022

Theatre: Daytime Deewane
The Place Theatre @ 7pm
Tickets: from £10

It’s 1997 and London is about to have its last daytime rave. The end of an era is approaching. British South Asians flock for their last taste of rebellion. Among them are cousins Farhan and Sadiq. Both very different. Both escaping something. Both trying to decide what it means to be British and Pakistani, to be Muslim and a man – and they’ve got until 6pm to figure it out.

Inspired by the daytime raves of 1990s British Asian culture, Daytime Deewane explores the beauty and struggle of living with a multi‐cultural identity as a teenager. Featuring a DJ mix merging soundscapes, dance music and spoken word, this immersive new show is an exhilarating gig theatre adventure.

Daytime Deewane, by Azan Ahmed, is the latest production from Half Moon, the UK’s leading small‐scale young people’s venue and touring company.


Friday 18 November 2022

Live music: The Golden Dregs + guests
Bedford Esquires @ 8pm
Tickets: £8

The Golden Dregs might be on the project of just one man, Benjamin Woods, but beyond that it’s a lot of different things. “It’s adopted the guise of a bar-band, a lonely man with a piano, a singer with a backing band, and an awkward and insecure karaoke performance,” says Woods.

“I think of The Golden Dregs as a project as opposed to a group or a person. It’s a platform for me to explore different musical avenues.”


Saturday 19 November 2022

Film: Oska Bright: Queer Freedom
The Place Theatre @ 1.30pm
Tickets: £5

Power in Discussion & The Place Bedford present this programme of Short Films exploring identity and love within the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Queer) community. All of the films have been made by, or feature, autistic people or people with learning disabilities.

Explore the intersection of queerness and disability through these short films about gender, friendships and the importance of language. In this selection of films from the 2022 and 2019 Queer Freedom programmes curated for the Oska Bright Film Festival, we’ll explore a rich variety of queer stories from around the world.

From enriching encounters with drag queens to touching animated shorts, from quirky melodramas told entirely through feet to a gay teen romance sure to appeal to anyone who has been falling in love with TV series Heartstopper, these films, some delightful, some experimental and some very funny, offer unique representations of queerness and disability.


Saturday 19 November 2022

Classical Music: Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £17/£16/£7/£6

Conductor: Michael Rose
Piano Soloist: Stephen Meakins

Mendelssohn: Overture Ruy Blas, Op. 95
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

The Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present the first concert of the 2022-23 season under the baton of Michael Rose, who is celebrating his 50th year as the orchestra’s principal conductor.

Local pianist Stephen Meakins will join the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, described by a contemporary critic as ‘the most admirable, singular, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever’.  The concert will begin with Mendelssohn’s energetic Ruy Blas overture, and will conclude with Rachmaninoff’s second symphony, one which is rich and expansive and overflowing with late-Romantic lyricism.


Saturday 19 November 2022

Live music: Whole Lotta DC
Bedford Esquires @ 7.30pm

Whole Lotta DC have played Bedford Esquires five times now and have packed the venue out every time. This time the band have some new canons and bigger production so expect another great show!


Saturday 19 November 2022

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

TOUTS are a three-piece Irish punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland. Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan & Luke McLaughlin. “A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass & a drummer that can’t see”.

The toils and tribulations of small-town life is a path well-trodden, but not in the way Touts do it.  They’ve dug the path up and set fire to the rubble, inspired by dodgy politicians, shitty life and the sort of weekend politics. This results in a set of incendiary two-minute subculture anthems.


Sunday 20 November 2022

Live music: The Sam Barratt Blues Band play the Sunday Afternoon Session
Bedford Esquires @ 5pm
Free entry

Former CC Smuggler, Sam Barratt brings his blues band to Esquires for their Sunday Afternoon Session debut.


Until April 2023

Art and culture: Changing Times: A century of modern British art
The Higgins Bedford
Free entry

Some of the most well-loved British artists of the 20th and 21st centuries feature in a new exhibition at the Higgins Bedford on Castle Lane this autumn.

From Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Paul Nash to Elisabeth Frink, David Hockney and Lucian Freud, the exhibition brings together some of the biggest names in British art, and explores its history since the 20th century.

Changing Times: A Century of Modern British Art is the first large-scale exhibition since the post-pandemic reopening of The Higgins Bedford.

Read more: David Hockney and Lucian Freud shine in new Higgins autumn exhibition


Theatre highlights by Paula Walker