The Place Theatre – www.theplacebedford.org.uk
Highlights from their February schedule include;
Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words, from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful women (not least, Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant, often hilarious one-man show. Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
In the Motherhood is set in a charming village where Nita and Bonnie run the PTA with brutal efficiency. Their enterprising and sometimes shocking approach to fundraising exploits the day-to-day struggles of being a mum, with highly lucrative results. In drops Jacs, a savvy city type who’s looking to make an impression, but this PTA doesn’t let just anyone in. Does Jacs have what it takes to assume her place in the parental pecking order? Or will feathers fly? Despite its sharp wit and honest descriptions, In the Motherhood has a positive message at its heart.
Writer Hayley Pepler said, “It was really important to me to write this play because I want to celebrate mums. I want to draw attention to the incredible job women are doing every day to raise the next generation, in the face of enormous competing pressures about how we do it.”
Tickets: £14 (including a glass of Prosecco) (Concessions £10)
Theatre of Widdershins presents Rapunzel and The Tower of Doom
Tuesday 14 February at 2:30pm, Age guidance: 4+
Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s hard enough having a bad hair day, but pity poor Rapunzel, spending her life in a tower with a wicked old witch using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair?
Theatre of Widdershins has taken this Grimm tale right back to its dark roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hairpiece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to see the show today – because you’re worth it!!! [That’s enough hair-raising puns! – Ed]
White Cobra presents Love Letters
Friday 17 February at 7:30pm
During the week of St Valentines Day, White Cobra Productions brings one of the most romantic plays to the stage. The Broadway hit, Love Letters by A R Gurney, tells of a lifelong relationship between two Americans during the mid 20th Century.
This award winning company from Northampton appeared at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and won no less than eight awards during the year for its plays.
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8.50)
Adam Pownall and Company present Getting Better Slowly
Saturday 18 February at 7:30pm
Adam Pownall woke up to find his body was slowly shutting down. Unable to walk, talk or blink and nobody knew why…
When Guillain Barr Syndrome affected Adam, it caused full paralysis within days. Getting Better Slowly tells the story of his illness through a creative collision of new writing, verbatim accounts, sound and movement. How does it feel when your closest relationship is with the illness that’s holding you back? Adam’s frank and moving account of how he dealt with GBS and the two years he spent recovering, including months spent learning how to walk and talk again, explores the relationship we all have with our bodies and our health. Telling his story with warmth, humour and honesty, and explaining how GBS is still part of his life, he invites audiences to consider how they would deal with an unexpected illness or accident, affecting them or someone they love.
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
Swan Theatre Company presents Swan Poetry: Borders
Venue: Upstairs at The Eagle Bookshop, 103 Castle Road Bedford MK40 3QP
Sunday 5 February at 7:00pm
Members of Swan Theatre Company bring poetry to life with readings and recitations on a different theme each month. This month’s theme is Borders.
Tickets available from www.theplacebedford.org.uk or from Central Box Office, The Harpur Suite or on 01234 718112