Saturday, 8 June
Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home to show his wife. But what will he do when she chides him for stealing? Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King comes looking for the missing treasure supported by an army of 40 angry thieves – will he and his family survive?
Tuesday, 16 July
Four young lovers run away to a summer festival in the woods to escape the stress of parental expectations at home. Before long they unwittingly find themselves the subjects of tricks, played on them by with hilarious results. Add to that a troupe of amateur actors hired to play at the festival and you have the perfect recipe for an evening of hilarious family entertainment.
Join Oddsocks Productions as they return to celebrate their 30th Anniversary year with yet another high-energy, feel-good, family theatre show. This summer the company invite you to join them for a festival of music, magic and mayhem as they bring that Shakespearean favourite “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, to life as you have never seen it before.
Saturday, 3 August
Folksy Theatre present Shakespeare's classic tale of mistaken identities. After being separated from their twins in a shipwreck, Antipholus and his slave Dromio go to Ephesus to find them. The other set of twins live in Ephesus, and the new arrivals cause a series of hilarious mistaken identity. Filled with Folksy's wonderful live music, audience interaction and downright silliness! Bring along your friends and family to watch this wonderful production.
Saturday, 31 August
Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.
Follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they set off on a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure like no other and meet a host of outlandish characters including the troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the notorious Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire cat and of course, the Mad-as a bat-Hatter!
In 2015, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was organised at the Pavilion, in partnership with the talented amateur dramatic Big Spirit Company from Hitchin. This was very well received, so much so, that we had to consider engaging professional Theatre Companies, with their greater resources, in order to satisfy the demand for tickets. (We are currently in further discussion with Big Spirit regarding a performance at the Kiosk in Russell Park in 2019).
This led, in 2016, to the engagement of the highly regarded professional Touring Company, Oddsocks Productions, who performed their comical, musical versions of Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth to appreciative audiences.
In 2017, Oddsocks returned with Macbeth, such was its’ popularity, along with Romeo and Juliet, again, playing to good audiences of over 400 people.
Later that summer, we welcomed the irrepressible Immersion Theatre, from London with their energetic al fresco version of the The Wind in the Willows.
We also invited The Handlebards to the Kiosk in Russell Park, to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which they partly performed on bicycles! Because of the intimacy of the performance including considerable audience participation, the audience size was limited to 250.
This Year, Oddsocks will be performing Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest and Immersion Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest and Peter Pan.
In February of this year, we went indoors, through a collaboration with the Quarry Theatre, with an Oddsocks production of The Wizard of Oz, which played an evening and a matinee show to sell-out audiences. We have already reserved dates in 2019 for Oddsocks’ production of Robin Hood.
Because we voluntarily cap audience sizes for our Open Air performances, (so that everyone can clearly hear and see the action) and have kept ticket prices relatively modest, there is a limit to our earnings and the cost of engaging a professional theatre company is a far cry from that of an amateur dramatic society, understandably.
It is our ambition, however to introduce the widest possible audience to the delights of the theatre and amongst those we believe would appreciate this most are those children, teenagers and young adults with Autism, hence our support of Autism Bedfordshire.
Any support we receive in this endeavour will allow us to do more.