Bedfringe

BedfringeThe summer holidays are around the corner. That means no school train (Ok, it will still run, but with less kids on it), but the events are slowly beginning to ramp up. On that note, on Wednesday this week we will be posting all the known events taking place during this Summer, because we’re nice. And as usual, here is what’s going on this week.

Before I do start, I haven’t quite got all the Bedford Festival Fringe events on this week here. This is because (a) their website crashed on me as I was writing this, and (b) there are loads of events on Saturday that I will post later in the week.

Monday sees the first of the weeks Bedford Festival Fringe events, African Entsha. This group mixes vocal harmony, soul, and R&B performed at the Opening Ceremony for the World Cup! Tickets start from £7 and can be bought online, with the event starting at 6pm. The nearest station is Bedford St Johns, which is within walking distance.

On Wednesday (and again on Saturday), Milton Keynes Theatre throws up a rare event that our passengers can get to in Birdsong. A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s best-selling novel. An epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War. It starts at 2:30pm on both days, and tickets start from £11.90 and can be bought online. The nearest station to the Theatre is Milton Keynes Central, a bus ride away.

Meanwhile, over at Bedford Fringe, Geoff Norcott brings his own brand of comedy. Geoff Norcott is the antidote to atheist, leftie comedians. Sometimes a stand up hits a point where he has to stop tickling tummies and say what he really thinks. Tickets are from £5, which can be bought online, with the show starting at 7:30pm. It takes place in the Howard Room, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

Thursday sees a Free Fringe Music event by Danni Nicholls. From a young age, Danni was soaking up American folk, country and rock n roll music from her Grandmother’s record collection. When she inherited her uncle Heathcliff’s guitar aged 16, it all came pouring out in the form of her own original material and has been flowing ever since. She starts at 1pm, and its free to enter. She will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Slightly earlier in the day is some Free Fringe Music by Liam Burke. Rough vocals and loose melodies belie a focus and integrity required to push forward in a genre that has for too long sat in the back ground. He starts at Midday, and its free to enter. He will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

There is yet more Free Fringe Music by Buzzard Lope. Buzzard Lope is an alt-pop trio from Bedford, Birmingham and Brazil, described by the Independent as “Early Tom Waits meets Ben Folds”. Add a dash of Dresden Dolls aggression to the mix and you’re somewhere close. They start their set at 4pm, and its free to enter. They will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Into the evening for a bit of comedy with David Quirk. The celebrated Australian comedian brings his award-winning show Shaking Hands With Danger to the Bedford Fringe with a tale that takes us back to one night in Finland; a night that changed everything, when he shook hands with danger and didn’t let go. Tickets are from £5, which can be bought online, with the show starting at 6pm. It takes place in the Howard Room, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

Some more comedy is provided by Luke Toulson. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, the Perrier nominated and award-winning Luke Toulson returns to Bedfringe with a blisteringly funny and brutally honest new show about fatherhood, gay marriage, UKIP, and the most racist production of Miss Saigon ever staged. Tickets are from £5, which can be bought online, with the show starting at 7:30pm. It takes place in the Howard Room, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

A bit of magic never goes amiss, and that’s what Morgan & West provide. See the plucky prestidigitators present dazzling deceptions, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. Tickets are from £7, which can be bought online, with the show starting at 7:30pm. It takes place in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

There is Shakespeare, with a special performance of Much Ado About Nothing. The play revolves around two couples; Hero & Claudio are young, in love and looking forward to their wedding day, Beatrice & Benedick are not so young, not so “in love” they look forward to sparring and scoring verbal points at the others expense! Tickets are from £10, which can be bought online, with the show starting at 7:30pm. They will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Some later evening music is provided courtesy of Never Was by the group Melodrama. Malodrama are a heavy/progressive rock band fusing classic and alternative rock influences with progressive elements. Tickets cost from £5, with the performance starting at 8pm. They will be performing at the South Bank Arts Centre at Bedford College, which is a short walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Friday sees yet another Free Fringe Music event by Mat Roberts. Mat has been writing, recording and playing since October 1990 when he was 13. Since then, he has recorded hundreds and hundreds of songs. In 1997 he even had the mad idea of recording an album a month which he released on cassette and gave to friends and family. He starts his set at 11am, and its free to enter. They will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

There is another Free Fringe event in Cicero Buck. An Americana pop/rock duo, Cicero Buck is the result of a creative affair featuring singer/songwriter Kris Wilkinson Hughes and bassist/writer Joe Hughes. They start their set at Midday, and its free to enter. They will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from Bedford St Johns station.

Midnight Taxi live up to their name and perform at 1pm today. A Free Fringe Music event, their main influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Satriani, The Smiths, Jane’s Addiction, The Beastie Boys, The Cure, Spin Doctors and Paul Weller. Their trademarks include whammy and wawa laden guitar solos, bouncy basslines, impassioned, effects-embellished vocals and jazz-funk style drumming. Its free to enter, and they will perform on the Harpur Bedrock Stage, which is just over a 10 minute walk from 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 4pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

There is also a bit of theatre taking place with Killing Roger. Billy, a conscientious, opinionated teenager, meets Roger, a chain smoking, chair-ridden, sharp tongued old man. An unlikely friendship forms and Billy must decide what it means to truly care about someone. Tickets cost from £6.50 and can be bought online. The show starts at 6pm in the Harpur Suite, which is within walking distance of Bedford station.

Friday night comedy is provided by Nat Luurtsema. The love of Nat’s life went tits-up so now she must pack away her crazy and act normal until someone equally tolerant comes along. Meanwhile she’s young, dumb and  disappointing her mum, living her life in chaos and cheap red wine. 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 station.

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