Event Calendar

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Tomorrow’s Great Pageant @ The Place Theatre
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tomorrow's Great Pageant @ The Place Theatre

Are you interested in gender and freedom? Are you part of the LGBTQ+ community? For the launch of LGBTQ+ season at The Place Bedford, join Post Workers Theatre for the launch of their new project, Tomorrow’s Great Pageant. This re-imagining of the iconic Suffrage play A Pageant for Great Women is being re-written for a 21st-century non-binary context. Post Workers Theatre in collaboration with The Place Bedford and Bedford Creative Arts, will be joined by a panel of guest writers, critics, practitioners and community activists to collectively discuss and consider a new cast of iconic great people who can begin to represent the values and ideals of a diverse 21st Century LGBTQ+ community.

The original play, written by the dramatist and actor Ciceley Hamilton in 1909, was a popular allegorical work of political agitation, which featured the embodiment of ‘Justice’, ‘Woman’ and ‘Prejudice’. The play served, in part, to recover knowledge of great women of the past, with a cast of 45 historic women, and to promote a feminist perspective on emancipation. Over one hundred years later the struggle for gender equality continues and to revisit the structure and values of A Pageant of Great Women, will offer a new platform for collective understanding, awareness and celebration.

A reading of the original script will be followed by discussions and collective brainstorming, working with actors, activists and designers to creatively engage with hopes, fears and ideas of alternative narratives. Join us for the conversation.

OUTing the Past Festival The Higgins Bedford Hub @ The Higgins Bedford
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm
OUTing the Past Festival The Higgins Bedford Hub @ The Higgins Bedford | England | United Kingdom

The Higgins Bedford is very excited to be hosting its 2nd OUTing the Past Festival as a hub venue. We have a dynamic range of speakers on a wide range of themes on our Festival date of Saturday 16th February. We would like to introduce our speakers and their themes, who are Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler of Living Histories Cymru presenting ‘ “The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend”; Miss Frances Power Cobbe and Miss Mary Charlotte Lloyd in conversation’, Sacha Coward of The National Maritime Museum presenting ‘Mermaids: A Twist In The Tale’, Kate Hutchinson presenting ‘Are we nearly there yet’ on the history and context of Trans-rights; and Peter Scott-Presland presenting ‘What shall we tell the children?’ on the history and controversy regarding sex education in schools. Everyone welcome!