The Blues Brothers Banned

The Blues Brothers BannedAs we now have a very special guide to what’s on during the summer, this week’s What’s On this Week focusses almost solely on Bedford Festival Fringe. So if you’re not interested in that sort of thin, look away now.

To keep thing manageable, we have recommended a maximum of 3 events per day, so this is just a selection really. All of the events on during the week are on the Bedford Festival Fringe website.

Starting on Monday, the kids will enjoy Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus. This lively show for children 3 and up is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation. Tickets cost from £6.50 and can be bought online. The fun starts at 2:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

Later in the day you can enjoy Eric’s Tales of the Sea: A Submariner’s Yarn. Eric will keep you (mesmerised) hanging on his every word. With a selection of incredible images, he takes the audience through his experiences, which at times leave the audience scared to breathe in case they miss something. Tickets cost from £7 and can be bought online. The show starts at 6pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

For more serious theatre, head to see The Tempest Within. AlleyWay Theatre Company adapted Shakespeare’s The Tempest like never before.On an island for twelve years the relationship of Mother and Daughter begins to unravel. Tickets cost from £6 and can be bought online. The show starts at 7:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

Into Tuesday, again we have Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, but for something different try some dance with Kinetic Vibes. Leading local dance company (established for over 12 years) and choreographed by Kiersten Theakstone, will be performing their new show. Expect a mix of ballet, tap, modern, street and aerobic. Tickets cost from £5 and can be bought online. The show starts at 6pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

There is theatre later in the day with Recalculating. Fasten your seatbelts as we bring the people we met and places we saw to you. Come journey with us through the highs and lows as we go from end to end of Great Britain. Tickets cost from £5 and can be bought online. The show starts at 7:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

On Wednesday there is some Free Fringe with The Whale. Enter the jaws of a giant silver whale to be serenaded by a lovesick submariner, and you might leave with a gift from the sea. A three-minute journey for one adventurer at a time (or two if you’re shy). The fun starts at 10am in Church Square, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

For the kids you should head to see The Three Billy Pigs. The pigs set off to build their dream houses in the green field on the other side of the river. But then these homes are put to the test by a misunderstood wolf who has a little bit of a problem.  And who is the grumpy person who lives under the bridge? Tickets cost from £6.50 and can be bought online. The show starts at 2:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

If you like some Cabaret, Kiss of the Red Menace is for you. Cabaret, Chicago & All That Jazz… Kander & Ebb wrote them all.  Diva-Chanteuse, Melody La Rouge sings them all in this affectionate tribute to Broadway’s best! Tickets cost from £6.50 and can be bought online. The show starts at 2:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

The Three Billy Pigs is repeated again on Thursday, but for theatre fans Crusoe is for you. This unique and darkly comic solo show creates an urban and cinematic world where a Hitman, ‘a middle-aged white male’ and an Alzheimer’s sufferer share their stories and thoughts. Tickets cost from £6.50 and can be bought online. The show starts at 7:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

Meanwhile there is also comedy courtesy of Andrew Ryan. The Irishman gives the audience an insight into his day to day life in this fast paced world, and how he takes things slow, with his addictive and destructive personality. Tickets cost from £5 and can be bought online. The show starts at 7:30pm in the Howard Room, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

On Friday there are loads of events on. Crusoe is on again, but for the kids there is The Frog’s Chorus. The Frogs’ Chorus has a long history in Bedford and this show brings all the best bits together! Tickets cost from £4 and can be bought online. The show starts at 2:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

For a bit of comedy and theatre head to see Poetry & Other Vices. Enthusiastic and energetic; Alex covers a range engaging of issues- from half-baked musings on the Divine to in-depth studies of crippling hangovers. Tickets cost from £5 and can be bought online. The show starts at 7:30pm in the Howard Room, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

How about singing the blues with The Blues Brothers Banned? Blues Brothers Banned thrive on bringing back familiar songs then adding a unique twist, and, with this quirky mix of old and new, they are a far cry from the archetypal tribute acts. Tickets cost from £10 and can be bought online. The show starts at 7:30pm in the Corn Exchange, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

Into Saturday, and the last day of the Festival, and again there is a lot on. For lovers of theatre, Where It Was. There It Was… is for you. Rub’s world is really his. His world is really small. There is another world, the one behind his eyes. In this transient, momentary place he finds Lic. Tickets cost from £6 and can be bought online. The show starts at 12:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

If you want a bit more comedy in your theatre, The Tragedy of Richard III is for you. This short play mixes juicy chunks of Shakespeare’s original text with modern language and a couple of jolly songs. Tickets cost from £6 and can be bought online. The show starts at 12:30pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

Finally, there is Bond. This brand of genre-based parody is a Robertson highlight, transposing movie cliches to the stage. Tickets cost from £6 and can be bought online. The show starts at 6pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford St Johns station.

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