Your Bedford Weekend starts here: Friday 21 – Sunday 23 February 2020

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The kids had half term now it’s your chance to have the weekend. OK, the kids might still have some fun too, but just look at what’s happening in Bedford this weekend…

FridayTrojan HorseTrojan Horse
The Place @ 7.30pm
Tickets: from £10

Following the real life stories of Muslim teachers and governors who were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

Trojan Horse was a story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company

Using 200 hours of interviews, Trojan Horse investigates what really happened.

★★★★★ – WhatsOnStage
★★★★ – The Independent
★★★★ – The Guardian

Menopause the MusicalMenopause the musical 2
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £30

In the sequel to the smash-hit Menopause The Musical, the cast fast forward five years to catch up with the same four characters for tales of their lives, loves and losses as they set off on a cruise on the high seas.

Hot flushes, mood swings, memory lapses, weight gain – these are a few of our favourite menopausal things.

Cruising Through Menopause is a hilarious, heartfelt, reassuring and unflinching look at the joys of menopause and friendship. When your life is a bumpy ride full of twists and turns, it’s hard to find true friends.

Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Nicole Barber-Lane (Hollyoaks), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), and Nicki French (Eurovision).

Two-Tone All Ska’s
Esquires @ 8.00pm
Tickets: £8

Two Tone All SkasEsquires welcome back the finest Ska party starters in the business, 2-Tone All Ska’s to Bedford Esquires main stage.

This six piece Ska band cover the best in Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners and Trojan records classics – They packed out the venue on their debut visit in 2018 and again on the near sold out 2019 visit and we can’t wait to have them back again!

DJ set to follow in the bar until late.

Saturday

Rumplestiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny
The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s @ 11am and 2pm
Tickets: £8 and £10

Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up. He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet nosy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard.

Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle. If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty.

But should she accept the kind help of the eccentric Rumpelstiltskin who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale.

Jack DeeJack Dee
Bedford Corn Exchange @ 8.00pm
Tickets: £23

“In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack.

Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, Jack also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

Additional credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two, C4’s The Jack Dee Show, ITV’s Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, BBC’s Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”.

Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) in his new stand-up tour.

King Purple, Basement Strippers, Tragic
Holy Molys, Esquires @ 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 (in advance)

King PurpleKing Purple mix psychedelia and grunge, grounded by undertones of indie rock – they’ve supported the likes of post-punk Dubliners Fontaines DC, the energetic spirits of Dream Wife and also shared the stage with Fatherson to name a few.

Basement Strippers are a Bedford based four piece who pull inspiration from some of rocks biggest stadium fillers of our time. Their latest single ‘Mind Reader’ has turned heads and they’ve been featured on the airwaves and picked up some nominations for awards.

Northampton trio, Tragic, released their first EP back in December, features songs ‘Walking’, ‘Sloppy Kiss’, ‘Sammy Set His Bed On Fire’ and ‘Dirty Glitter’.

This small compilation of songs handles discrimination and toxic media perfection issues as well as more thought provoking topics.

Sunday

Four hubsFour Hubs Youth Orchestra Concert
Herd @ 7.00pm
Tickets: £1 and £5

Bringing together the leading young orchestral students from all four local music hubs: Bedford Borough, Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

This isa return visit for this exciting new orchestra who perform together under the baton of acclaimed conductor, Phillip Hesketh.

The programme is scheduled to include some of Prokofiev’s mighty Romeo and Juliette Suite as well as film favourites. Quite an occasion.

full circleFull Circle
Esquires @ 5.00pm

Since 1997 Full Circle have been playing live and loud their mix of Blues / Rock / Funk original songs as well as a great mix of covers.

Formed by Marc Patching (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Childs (Bass/Vocals) and later joined by the fantastic John Carr on drums.

You are guaranteed a high energy performance with a vibe that is second to none.

Your Bedford Weekend is in association with
The Bedford Clanger and Explore Bedford


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