Here’s Paula’s picks of theatre this month
The Quarry at St Luke’s
Morgan & West with Makin Productions present
Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science
Friday 21 February at 2.00pm
Tickets: £12.00 (£10.00 concessions)
Age guidance: 7+
Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics and bonkers biology in this fun-for-all-the-family science extravaganza!
Magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing, chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and are now bringing their love of enlightenment to the stage.
Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door, it’s time for Unbelievable Science!
Theatre of Widdershins present
Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny
Saturday 22 February at 11.00am & 2.00pm
Tickets: £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)
Age guidance: 3+
Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?
Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up. He is helpful, yet demanding; secretive, yet nosy; short, yet owning a name as long as his beard. Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time!
Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale.
Live Nation, in association with TROIKA, presents
Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties
Saturday 29 February at 8.00pm
Age guidance: 16+
Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again this year, continuing with the success of his critically acclaimed show, ‘Taking Liberties’. Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll put forward his views, as seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.
He has also frequently appeared on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat amongst the pigeons on UK political debate shows.
The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s
26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN
Tickets and more information available at www.quarrytheatre.org.uk or on 01234 362337
The Place Theatre
Sometimes I Leave
6 February at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
Sometimes I Leave is a new show by Vijay Patel, which takes you on a neurodivergent journey through the process of needing to leave situations. It is fuelled by anxiety, the violence of ‘curing’ (through experimental treatment) and our differently wired brains.
Vijay exploits his almost 20-year experience with Asperger’s syndrome. Through performance art, video and theatre, he repeats and reclaims his own lived experiences. This is a show that smashes the stigma against ‘othered’ brains, that imagines existing in a world that, as opposed to discriminating against unique ways of thinking, celebrates and cares for them.
7 February at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 (concessions £10)
“89 years. 172 different productions. I am the first female member of my family to not appear in a Thalians’ show for a reason other than pregnancy.”
Amateur dramatics. The hidden history of many a performance artist.
From four generations of leading ladies comes one queer Londoner, sharing a story of return and reconciliation – with her hometown, cultural inheritance and secret love of musical theatre. Step-ball-changing between suburb and city, I, AmDram minds the gap between the identities we assert and the worlds we leave.
3 February at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Tickets: Children £10 / Adults £5
Age guidance: 6-18months
Blink. Blink again. What do you see?
Day by day, your world is filling up with colour, little one.
Reds and blues, yellows and greens. Twinkling lights that glisten and gleam. Your reflection is staring back at you. Wide-eyed and full of hope. Mirrors, lights, colours and sounds. The world is your Kaleidoscope.
Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops and how babies instinctively begin to categorise colour, watch as a multi-coloured Kaleidoscope is brought to life for you and your baby.
21 February at 7.30pm
Tickets: £2 (concessions £10)
Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigates what really happened. Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse, Trojan Horse is the story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.
The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE
Tickets and more information available at www.theplace.org.uk