The 9th Bedford Festival Fringe is over! And the results are in…

“Begfringe is a little ripper of a festival. We had an awesome time performing here”. AUNTY DONNA

“Everything about this festival was great, the room was perfect, the audience a (sold out) delight and the staff were brilliant; it all coalesced in to a great show and it would be a pleasure to perform there again.” GEIN’S FAMILY GIFTSHOP

“Bedford Fringe was wonderful, everything from the promotion (people came!) to the room (state of the art and featuring a brilliant tech called Theo!) was perfect.  One of my fave previews by a mile.  Many thanks!” JONNY AWSUM

“A delightful festival – warm audiences, fabulous venues and a lovely team. What more could you want?” LILI LA SCALA

“We live in Northampton and in previous years – and this year – have travelled over to Bedford to watch shows. What you are doing is fantastic and I wish Northampton Council could be so enthusiastic. We look forward to next year! I don’t care about this being anonymous – tell everyone how pleased we are!” JOY & DAVID PAYNE

“What an incredible experience the BedFringe was. We went to ten shows and the atmosphere and ambience was excellent. Bedford must be so proud to have such a wonderful theatre. Thank you Bedford School and benefactors. I can’t wait for next year. We will have to book the dates in the diary now. Well done to all those who made the whole event to such a wonderful success” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“Big thanks to all who organised and ran Bedfringe. I look forward to it every year, and this year was excellent. The new venue is a real bonus (keeping everything mostly in one place helps a lot.) I’m missing my evenings at the Quarry but having a taste of fringe in Bedford I’ve decided to go to Edinburgh festival for a few days. Long may it continue to run here – and grow in reputation. It certainly deserves to. Congratulations to you and your team” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“New theatre, record attendances, fine shows – it was great to be part of it all. This is how we create community. And the best thing of all? Overhearing enthusiastic comments as people were leaving the theatre. They’ll be back!” PERFORMER/VOLUNTEER/AUDIENCE MEMBER

“You were a genuine delight. I haven’t enjoyed a show to that extent in quite a while, enormous thanks” ★★★★★ MORGAN & WEST

“This is our first time performing in the UK. We have played many fringe festivals running up to our Edinburgh debut. Bedfringe has been the most fun and the staff have made us feel very welcome. We are sad to end our run with you” ★★★★★ THE DRUM TRIBE

“One of the warmest rooms I have played for a long time!” BOB MILLS (Not a temperature reference!)

“I know you have lots of acts to choose from, but if I could come back next year I would love to” ★★★★★ IVO GRAHAM

“It was great to be a part of the festival, thanks for letting us perform” BANE

“Be proud, James, Fi and the lovely Bedringe team for warmly welcoming a record number of ‘fringers’ to the beautiful new theatre for the most remarkable programme of events in 9 innovative years! Big congratulations! …. And how do you follow that for the 10th anniversary in 2016?” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“Thoroughly enjoyed Bedfringe – managed to squeeze in 13 shows! Amazing talent across multiple genres.Will miss it next week!” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“Best Bedfringe ever!!! Well done James and the whole team!!” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“Feeling bereft now Bedfringe is over! Ended up attending events on 7 out of the 10 days but would have been there every day had I not had prior engagements!!! Again, can’t say enough about the quality and diversity of performances. Well done to James and the Bedfringe team for putting together such an eclectic programme of entertainment. Thrilled we now have The Quarry as an arts venue – will definitely be joining you all next year and be looking forward to what is on offer throughout the year!” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“I was a Bedfringe virgin. I am so glad I went to the show last night, it was immense. I laughed a lot and my two teenage girls were surprised when I told them I listened to an amazing beat box artist. Great to have four new pieces of artwork as part of the whole event too in the Quarry Gallery. Loved it”. AUDIENCE MEMBER

“Congratulations on a spectacular festival. You should be very proud” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“I wanted to drop you a line to say that watching Jaws on the big screen was AMAZING! I have watched it at least 25 times and I noticed things you just don’t see on your TV, for example the second shooting star. I also read the book as you recommended and loved that too.” AUDIENCE MEMBER

“The whole of Bedford is proud of you and team Bedfringe James. Top work. The passion from all involved in Bedfringe is infectious. We’ve heard people talking about Bedfringe from all angles proving they are nothing less than an assett to Bedford and our town’s cultural provision. We have, as always, loved working with them and can’t wait for the future joint projects we have planned.” BEDFORD FILM FESTIVAL

“Well done to you and the team – you must be exhausted. Fantastic James Pharaoh, you have done so much for Bedford’s Art scene” AUDIENCE MEMBER

Bedfringe Data Collection:

Number of days: 10
Number of venues: 5 (Main Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Bar, Gallery & Forecourt)
Number of events: 95
Number of tickets issued or sold: 3424 (a 47% increase on 2013)
Number of performers: 191
Number of Edinburgh previews: 39
Cash raised for Keech Hospice Care: £372.15
Front of House volunteer hours (23rd July – 1st August): 830

Website hits counted ( home page):
1st April (website launch) – 1st August = 69,214
1st May – 1st August = 56,078

1st June – 1st August = 45,919
1st July – 1st August = 28,920

Reads of digital brochure (April 23rd – August 1st): 2,498

Sold out shows:
An Old Fashioned Girl
The Best of Castle Comedy
Patrick Monahan
Kev Sutherland’s Comic Book Masterclass
The Dark Room II
Heloise & Abelard: A Story Telling Performance
Shakespeare Untold: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus
Shakespeare Untold: Double Bill tickets
Aunty Donna
Jack The Ripper: Facts, No Fiction
Gein’s Family Giftshop
Joel Dommett
Ivo Graham

Our digital brochure can be read here!

From the 23rd July to 1st August 2015 we will be running over 90 events from Bedford School’s brand new town centre based theatre, The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s. We are hosting a wide range of events such as comedy, live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, film, workshops and poetry. We have acts as far as China, USA and South Africa visiting our town as well as home-grown talent.

For more information about The Quarry Theatre, visit our Venue page. So what are you waiting for? Click on What’s On to find out more!

Here is our 2015 advert produced by Future Legend Media: