Life and times of John Bunyan brought to life for hundreds of schoolchildren

Full House Theatre at John Bunyan Museum, Bedford.
Full House Theatre at John Bunyan Museum, Bedford.

A fresh approach to learning about John Bunyan has been running in Bedford with a new interactive museum theatre experience for school children.

Children’s theatre specialists Full House have brought hundreds of pupils together to join in a dynamic performance of Pulpits and Prison Doors.

Full House Theatre at John Bunyan Museum

Full House Theatre at John Bunyan Museum

The new production has enabled children as young as four to learn more about Bedford’s historical hero and his world famous book The Pilgrim’s Progress.

The project has been made in partnership with John Bunyan Museum and runs from March 16 until Friday, March 27.

Schoolchildren have been met at the museum by a band of zany modern day characters, all eager to discover more about the famous writer.

The actors have guided the children through various creative activities as they discover more about life in Bedford in years gone by.

The interactive performance coincided with World Theatre for children and Young People Day on Friday, March 20.

Full House creative director Ben Miles, says, “It’s really important for local children to have pride in Bedford and realise John Bunyan’s legacy and the significance of his writing over the years. His book is still in print all over the world, 400 years later, that’s pretty amazing.

“Developing an accessible and interactive performance for children allows them to be inspired and truly relate to the history of their town.”

Many of the children taking part will also be working towards their Discover Arts Award, the first step on a cultural journey that can follow them throughout their school career.

The Pulpits and Prison Doors experience has been subsidised through funding from Arts Council England. For more information on how to get your school involved with Full House contact Sophie Loosemore or visit