Apply to the 2022 festival

Applications to the 2022 festival are now closed!

Start your Bedfringe journey by filling out our online application form.

By applying and accepting a slot at our festival, you agree to the terms in our performer contract.

If you would like to download our 2022 logo here it is as a PNG. If you would like it as a PSD file, pleases get in touch with us.

Got any questions before you apply? Read on!

Coronavirus?

At this time, we hope to run the festival at maximum capacity. Mask wearing is likely to be optional.

My show is online / digital.

That’s fine with us! We would be more than happy to have some digital events in our 2022 programme and can help you to sell ‘Zoom’ tickets like we would a regular live performance.

Can I perform with a socially distanced audience and broadcast my show to a wider audience?

The Quarry Theatre has broadcast equipment available to use in either the studio or main space. Please get in contact with us to discuss in detail your requirements.

Where is Bedfringe?

Established in 2007, Bedfringe is Bedford’s pre Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s one of the last of the UK fringes before the big event. Bedford is just off the M1 (junction 13 from the south and 14 from the north via A422) about 60miles north of London. 45mins on the train from St Pancras.

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

What are the 2022 Bedfringe venues?

This year the festival will take place in The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s (quarrytheatre.org.uk). At the Quarry Theatre there is a main auditorium (seats up to 262 in full courtyard layout but can be configured to 200 or 88), Garden Stage (generally for live music) and a studio theatre (cap at 50). Events start (ideally) on the hour and time slots are set to 60mins (negotiable).

How do the time slots work?

Events start (ideally) on the hour and time slots are set to 60mins (negotiable). For example, at The Quarry Theatre the main house events will start at 11am with that last one at 10.00pm. In the studio, the first event will start at 12noon with the final at 10pm. There is an hour gap between each event up to 6pm with the gap shortening to 30mins beyond this.

What are you looking for?

Like most fringe festivals around the world we are looking for performance based work but we are open to suggestions. Please use the 2022 application form to apply. We don’t have an artistic director here at Bedfringe so all work will be considered for the 2022 programme.

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

How much does it cost to perform with you?

There is no registration charge to perform at the festival. A % cut of the door is awarded to Bedfringe. There is also small box office commission charge (usually 2%).

Does the venue have props, set and furniture I can use?

Unlikely. You need to be totally self-contained when it comes to things like this. We may be able to lend a chair or small bench from the foyer or front of house areas.

Do I need to pay for a technician to operate my show?

A Bedfringe technician will be on hand during your visit to the festival. They are there to operate a simple light and or sound plot. Any more complex plots may require a paid technician which you must cover. Our 2022 rates are £25 per hour.

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

What about box office and front of house?

Bedfringe will manage your box office and make sure your event has the appropriate front of house staff including fire marshals.

Is there onsite parking?

Quarry Theatre performers will have to use council car parks or other areas close by (St Peter’s Street car park is 5mins walk from the venue). Parking is free after 6pm. You can however, unload and pick-up using the Quarry Theatre forecourt. There are also two disabled parking spaces available on this forecourt.

“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

Can I perform my show elsewhere before Bedfringe?

Performances in the 2022 programme must not be repeated in any other venue or festival less than 20 miles from your Bedfringe venue up to 2 months prior to the contracted performance.

What’s the application deadline?

You need to have applied before 8th April, 2022. 

Festival website: www.bedfringe.com
Quarry Theatre website: www.quarrytheatre.org.uk
Venue telephone number: 01234 362337
Festival Director: James Pharaohjames@bedfringe.com
Festival Co-Director: Fiona Fowlerfiona@bedfringe.com
Festival Social Media: Lil Hannant – lily@bedfringe.com