The 14th Bedford Festival Fringe is over! And the results are coming in…

Spirit of The Fringe Award:
Boudica (Wild Geese Theatre Company)

Pick of The Fringe Award:
The Same Rain The Falls On Me (Logan Jones)

Bedfringe Data Collection:

Number of days: 11
Number of venues: 3
Number of events: 75
Number of free events: 30
Number of tickets issued or sold: 2,066
Average attendance per ticketed event: 27.5
Number of performers: Estimated at 188
Money raised for Acting For Others: £510.00
Front of House volunteer hours (22nd July – 1st August): TBC
Number of miles our Director walked 22nd July – 2nd August (Bedfringe get-out): 37.4miles

Sold out shows:
Alfie Moore: It’s a Fair Cop
Castle Comedy Christmas Special
The Same Rain That Falls on Me
Elev8: Small & Mighty
Jonny & The Baptists
Lady Florence
The Best of Castle Comedy
Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq
Enis Eire Band
The Goldentones
The Barrys

Some performer testimonials:

“We’ve performed in over 250 theatres in the UK alone and the Quarry Theatre has become a regular highlight for us. James and his team are absolutely dedicated and world class professionals. It’s been a joy for us to watch the Bedford Fringe grow over the years and become in the same league as other great festivals. The technical and back stage facilities are superb and the audiences just wonderful. Just a few of the reasons we will always look forward to returning” WORBEY & FARRELL

“Thoroughly enjoyed working with the team for Bedfringe. Nice relaxed atmosphere and let me work around my set so that I could catch some of the other performers. Easy to talk to staff members and walked away with my set on youtube to show other prospective venues. I would love to work with them again in the future!” COOR BROW-OBLES

“It’s one of the absolute highlights of my year. I love performing at Bedfringe, when I’m touring around the country I always look forward to my Bedfringe show because I know the audience will be so warm, welcoming and so up for a great night! The festival just goes from strength to strength each year and never fails to leave people rolling with laughter and looking forward to be back again the following year!” PATRICK MONAHAN

“Bringing a show to Bedfringe is always such a pleasure. A great team, a friendly welcome, wonderful support, and a fantastic venue” DEBRA KADABRA

“Bedford Fringe is always a highlight of my gigging calendar.  The crowd is always one of the warmest I’ve encountered; the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help; the technical support within the venue is second to none.  That’s why I come back to perform year after year.” ROBIN BOOT

“I wanted to say thank you for letting us bring Same Rain to Bedfringe this year – it was great to be back but also to have the opportunity to perform in the main space again. I can speak confidently on behalf of the rest of the team (all Bedfringe novices) when I say that they had a great time and were always made to feel supported, welcome and included by Bedfringe staff throughout the process (as was I)” LOGAN JONES

“This professionally-run event created a happy atmosphere in a beautiful setting, and we were delighted to share our music here. James and his staff did a great job and the audience enjoyed themselves! ” THE MOGGIES BAND

“Thanks again for an extremely positive fringe experience. I’ve performed at over 100 international fringe festivals and Bedford remains one of my favourites. This is because your communication is excellent, you promote the shows effectively – so it’s possible to get a respectable-sized audience as an unknown – and you clearly support artists and theatre goers at a grassroots level. Thanks for everything and I hope to see you next year” ROB GEE

“It was a privilege and a pleasure to perform our play Lady Florence as part of the 2021 Bedfringe at the Quarry Theatre, Bedford. The staff were unfailingly friendly and helpful which made the first production of the Chatelaine Theatre Company an experience which we will treasure. Our heartfelt thanks to all concerned” ALAN MACKENZIE 

“I love playing Bedfringe. The festival is well-run, staff are accommodating and the audiences are very engaged and friendly.” GERRARD HARRIS

“Quite simply the most welcoming, performer friendly, and professional festival I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with” DAVID ALNWICK

“Both of my musical groups (Inis Éire Irish band and The Goldentones a capella vocal quintet) had a really good experience from start to finish with BedFringe. We found the communication with James to be extremely quick and clear, so we knew exactly what to expect when we showed up on the night, to two sold-out performances. We sound checked quickly and got on with our performances to really receptive crowds. A very enjoyable evening and experience as a whole – thank you Bedfringe!” SALLY MCGRATH