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A Stroke of Luck (8-9 Oct)

Written by Ademola Adeniji. A story of survival with a touch of unbelievable compassion and humanity. Issan 'Ebo' joins the British Colonial Army at 16 in 1942. His adventure takes him deep into the Burmese jungle. Early one morning, his platoon is ambushed, attached and left for dead... This new play is presented by Learning Through The Arts, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Heart of Bucks.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Music

Acoustic Strawbs (11 Sep 2021)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Acoustic Strawbs. The legendary Strawbs will make their first appearance in Aylesbury as part of their 50 years tour - a special concert organised by Rotary Rocks to celebrate the 40th anniversary year of The Queens Park Arts Centre. The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the British folk movement of the mid 60s. Their first album with Sandy Denny attracted the attention of A&M Records in America and they became the first British band to be signed by the famous label. Major chart success followed with seven consecutive albums in the Billboard charts, including classics ‘Bursting at the Seams’, ‘Grave New World’, ‘Hero & Heroine’, ‘Dragonfly’ and ‘Ghosts’, earning the band two Gold Albums along the way. Album sales and massive coast-to-coast American tours, sharing the stage with The Eagles, Santana and Frank Zappa established the Strawbs as Britain’s most successful international progressive folk-rock band. The 'Acoustic Strawbs' of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs. "Never to rest on their laurels, this excellent band continues to produce classic tracks and spectacular live performances". (Q Magazine) "Dave Cousins shows himself as a brilliant and original songwriter." (Classic Rock) All proceeds from this event to the Queens Park Arts Centre as part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations. Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds. Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds. Click here for their Facebook page.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Acrylics - Looking at the Landscape

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: A one day workshop running from 10am to 4pm, aiming to bring to life colour in the landscape. Working from photos we will explore composition and depth. Some reference provided. WHAT TO BRING: - Heavy cartridge paper or canvas, - Sketch book for thumbnail roughs. - Good quality Acrylic paint - Pallet. Kitchen roll, brushes. - Colours: Yellow / Cadmium Red Light / Medium Magenta / Turquoise Deep / Light Blue Violet / Blue / Emerald / Titanium White ABOUT THE TUTOR: Brenda trained as a dress designer before venturing into painting. She regards herself as a colourist and uses acrylic paint for its’ quick drying qualities and for the pureness of colour. Brenda sees pattern and shape in everything around her, in landscape and still life, she will look for lost edges and the use of high horizon lines. Her work (which includes still life, landscape and the figure) is simplified and abstracted without losing the form. She teaches drawing and painting at workshops, she demonstrates for art groups and she also works with small groups in her studio. She has worked at the Queen’s Park Centre in Aylesbury once a week for many years, helping students to develop their own style. Brenda is a member of the National Acrylics Painters Association, and Bucks Art Society. She has NDD in Dress Design, a BHDAD in Art and Design and a HD in Fine Art from Hatfield University. Her recent work has been part of the Society of Women Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Afterschool Art Club

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time - see below for timetable of activities. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you! ABOUT THE TUTOR Hello, I'm Ellie! I always enjoyed coming to QPAC art workshops when I was a lot younger, so now I'm really happy to be running afterschool art every week. I do a lot of painting and drawing for myself and think it's great to experiment with making different kinds of art - even better to share it with others! In the past I have run arts workshops for children and adults, I also host Tuesday evening life drawing at QPAC (for adults) TIMETABLE Date Activity Tue 8 Jun Potato Printing - Landscapes & Buildings Tue 15 Jun Shoe Portraits (Bring a shoe with you!) Tue 22 Jun Trapeze Artists - Card & Paper Modeling Tue 29 Jun Alien Masks

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

Mondays & Thursdays during term time. See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the weekly making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays & Thursdays 4.30pm-6pm during term time - see below for timetable of activities. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. Date Activity Mon 24 May Bird Whistle Thu 27 May Cactus Holder / Monster Face Vase Mon 7 Jun Cube Box with Gallery Lid Thu 10 Jun Octopus Whistle Mon 14 Jun Fairy House Scene Thu 17 Jun Moulded Plate Mon 28 Jun Pottery Heads (Part 1) Thu 1 Jul Pottery Heads (Part 1) Mon 5 Jul Pottery Heads (Part 2) Thu 8 Jul Pottery Heads (Part 2) Mon 12 Jul Animal Fun Thu 15 Jul Coiling a Contemporary Vase / Jug All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Dance

Belly Dance (Beginners)

Mondays (7pm-8pm) during term time. This class is designed to help you to feel good about yourself, get fit and have fun whatever your age, shape or size. Tutor Deadre Appleton believes that people only exercise regularly when they feel comfortable and when it ceases to become a chore. By welcoming and integrating all ages, shapes and sizes – keeping the atmosphere light and fun, and by developing friendships and a sense of community – dancers no longer feel they have to come to class to ‘work out’ but rather to enjoy themselves. Classical classes mainly use choreography to teach all different styles of belly dance from many areas of the Middle East. In addition to these weekly sessions, Deadre welcomes any student dancer to become a member of Anuket, a student performance troupe. Anuket performs at local events including fetes and fundraisers, and, wherever possible, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Students of all levels are welcome to join. The only criteria is a commitment to develop yourself in the dance and regular attendance at rehearsals. If you do join you will find that your confidence will grow along with your strength, flexibility and skill. For more information Contact Deadre via barefootdee@live.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Dance

Belly Dance (Improvers)

Mondays (8pm-9pm) during term time. This class is designed to help you to feel good about yourself, get fit and have fun whatever your age, shape or size. Tutor Deadre Appleton believes that people only exercise regularly when they feel comfortable and when it ceases to become a chore. By welcoming and integrating all ages, shapes and sizes – keeping the atmosphere light and fun, and by developing friendships and a sense of community – dancers no longer feel they have to come to class to ‘work out’ but rather to enjoy themselves. Classical classes mainly use choreography to teach all different styles of belly dance from many areas of the Middle East. In addition to these weekly sessions, Deadre welcomes any student dancer to become a member of Anuket, a student performance troupe. Anuket performs at local events including fetes and fundraisers, and, wherever possible, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Students of all levels are welcome to join. The only criteria is a commitment to develop yourself in the dance and regular attendance at rehearsals. If you do join you will find that your confidence will grow along with your strength, flexibility and skill. For more information Contact Deadre via barefootdee@live.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Ben White & Tom Lucas (10 Jul 2021)

Ben White and Thomas Lucas are two young musicians focused on playing Chicago Blues straight from the late 40s and early 50s. As well as covering well-known artists such as Muddy Waters and Little Walter, their material is also derived from more obscure artists like Jimmy Rogers, Leroy Foster and Snooky Pryor. They also play original material, faithfully inspired by that early post war era of blues music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Catfish (19 Feb 2022)

UK and British Blues Award winning band Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 24 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and have just been awarded a UK Blues Award as Blues Act of the Year (England). Both their albums have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts, and their album Broken Man was voted album of the year for 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. They have a new album 'Burning Bridges' which was released in May 2019. During 2018 and 2019, they have played in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhodes, France, Czech Republic and Spain and have a further three European tours already booked for 2020, along with an impressive set of UK dates all over the UK. 'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today. The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Jewellery, Mixed Crafts

Contemporary Jewellery

Mondays (10am-12pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles

Crochet

Tuesdays (7pm-8.30pm) during term time. Always wanted to learn to make a granny square? Perhaps you've seen all the crocheted goodies out there and want to learn to make your own? Crochet is making a comeback. No longer something uncool that your gran used to do, crochet is becoming popular again. Whether you are a complete beginner who has never picked up a hook before or someone who has crocheted before and wants to improve their skills, all are welcome! Come along and learn to make granny squares, crocheted pots and much more! Materials are available to borrow or buy. For more information about this class, please email Amy Morgan via morganmakes.crochet@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Draw an Elephant

One-off 3-hour class ABOUT THE CLASS Learn how to draw an elephant from scratch. Leila will take you through step-by -step how to get the shape right, and then how to get the shading and details correct on this lovely animal. Learn drawing techniques that you can take forward in your own drawing following the class. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila runs the Tring Art Society, and enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING - Selection of drawing pencils eg. H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B - A4 Sketch pad - Rubber - Pencil sharpener - Ruler

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Music

Gorgeous Recorders

Mondays (2pm-4pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Guitar Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Guitar for Beginners

Wednesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm) during term time. Always wanted to have a go at playing the guitar but not too sure where to begin? Here's the perfect opportunity to start making music? Bring along an acoustic guitar and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group, with gudance from an experienced tutor. Previous experience is not necesary, just come along and join in!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Music

Intermediate Guitar

Thursdays (7.30pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop for intermediate level players of acoustic and electric guitar. The sessions are split into two halves, one where we are joined by a vocalist and we gain experience in the performance side and the other half where we work through songs to establish arrangements. This class is aimed at those who wish to extend their guitar knowledge & playing ability to progress and experience playing with others at a similar level. Students will need reasonable chord vocabulary (open & barre chords) and fluidity with chord changes to play complete songs.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Jazz Workshop

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

John Verity (20 Nov 2021)

John Verity is the man and musician who is ‘blue to his soul’ and has been one of the most consistent performers on the blues rock circuit for many years in the UK and Europe. This year he is celebrating The 50th Anniversary of the very first appearances of The JV Band in 1970 opening for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others in the USA. On returning to the UK he took a somewhat different direction with his time as frontman in Argent before time spent primarily in the studio recording, producing and guesting with, among others, Ringo Starr, The Zombies and Saxon. John is now consistently 'back on the road' with his own band and experiencing a musical renaissance playing to great acclaim for fans across the country.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Keith Thompson Band (23 Oct 2021)

British Blues Rock musician Keith Thompson, solo and with his band have been consistently performing in mainland Europe now for 25+ years, where he is well known to a blues following as an exciting live performer. In 2019 Keith completed his 10th Blues/Rock album, “Catch the Fire” which features as guests, Buddy Whittington (John Mayall etc.) and rising star, Laurence Jones. Keith and the band have subsequently toured again in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, USA & UK. They also appeared at several major festivals in Croatia including Baska International Guitar Festival, Umag and Kastav Blues Festivals. Also at Slovenia at the prestigious “Postonja Blues Festival” with “Ten Years After” and “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes”, Suwalki and Krosno Festivals in Poland alongside, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Clarksdale Blues Festival, USA, Colne R&B festival in Lancashire, Swanage, Banbury Upton and Gloucester Blues Festivals in the UK. Keith has added his skills on stage or in recordings to projects by Spooky Tooth, Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton, Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner) Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, The Groundhogs, Robbie Blunt, (Robert Plant) Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Gino Washington, and many others.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Life Drawing

Tuesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Tuesday evening life drawing sessions are open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Please bring your own choice of drawing materials. If you are new or in need of inspiration we recommend charcoal, several sheets of large (A2) sugar paper and a putty rubber. Materials can be purchased from the QPAC art shop before the start of a session. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts

Thursdays (10am-12pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. Tutor Irene Scott has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre

Murder Around the Clock (15-16 Oct 2021)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1958 Molly is proudly running her own milkshake bar, with the help of her daughters Bunty and Suzie, plus their next door neighbour. A talent scout spots Bunty’s singing potential and when a face from the past reappears, things couldn’t look better. So what turns one of them, to murder? At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as a team at their table to submit their first guess as to who the murderer is. After act two, they get their final chance to say ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the event is for the audience to sit back and enjoy a full length play. No questions are directed at any cast members and they do not mix with the audience. The team with the most points wins a prize. Discounts: Make a saving by booking a table of 6 or 8 people! The cast and crew are kindly donating the proceeds from the show to Queens Park Arts Centre’s ongoing fundraising appeal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Oil Painting

Mondays (7.30pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

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Painting & Drawing

Open Art Studio

Tuesdays (10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting with Acrylics

Thursdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from still life or the subject of your choice, in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (Picasso, Matisse, Fedden) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own project to work on. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles

Patchwork (Untutored)

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12pm) during term time. This untutored class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

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Pottery

Pottery (Tutored)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Mon – 1pm-3pm Elizabeth Browning (from 7 Jun) Tue – 10am-12pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4pm Joyce Hill Tue – 7pm-9pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12pm Jenny Hay Thu – 7pm-9pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

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Pottery

Pottery (Untutored)

Two-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

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Pottery Glazing (Untutored)

A weekly two-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

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Pottery

Pottery Hand Building - Tea For 2

One-day course, 10am-4pm There's more than one way to make a teapot! Discover how to make your very own teaset through hand building techniques. During the course of this one-day class you'll make a teapot, plus two cups and saucers. All materials and tools are provided, and your course fee includes bisque firing for your teaset. This class is perfect for beginners as well as those who've potted before! ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

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Pottery, Short Courses

Pottery Throwing (3-week course)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly three-week course. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this short course will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Each course runs for three consecutive weekly sessions from the start date / time listed below. Individual sessions last two hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Pottery for Adults with Disabilities

Mondays (10am-12pm) during term time. An exciting opportunity for adult students with disabilities to work with an experienced and dedicated tutor in our pottery studio. Tony Tomblin will help students explore handbuilding techniques as well as the potter's wheel, in a friendly and relaxed atmoshphere. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Tony will be on hand to assist when working this out.

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery

Pottery for Teens

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by professional ceramicist Charlie Butters. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Music

Purple Zeppelin (21 May 2022)

As featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff”, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – Together on the same bill for the very first time! Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the original bands live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. In a “full on” show complete with costume changes for each band, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs – basically THE BEST BITS, ALL OF THE TIME! Purple Zeppelin are four talented and versatile musicians with decades of playing between them, comprising thousands of sessions and gigs both in the UK and overseas, selling out venues up and down the country. The band are genuine admirers of both Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and with the accent firmly on entertainment, this show promises to be a night not to be missed, complete with Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s twin neck Guitar and Theremin, and a very special Violin Bow Solo! Come and experience the excitement of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in one mesmerising show!

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QPAC AGM 2021

Join us for our Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the Centre on Friday 25th June. This is an opportunity for members to hear about the Centre's activities over the last year and ask any questions they may have. Drinks will be served from 7pm, and the meeting will begin at 7.30pm. All registered members of QPAC are invited to attend. So that we can follow social distancing and capacity guidelines, please ensure you book in advance (free of charge) via the options below. Simply sign into your online account, select a ticket for the type of membership you hold, and complete the transaction. For those wishing to attend but unsure of doing so in person, we will be setting up a Zoom link. There is no need to book via the form below for this service, simply email info@queensparkarts.com and request the link to join the meeting at 7.30pm.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Ray Coates (9 Jul 2021)

Join Ray Coates for an evening of uplifting, empowering and inspirational music. A premiere revealing of the tracks on Ray’s upcoming collaboration album. Album is officially released on September 3rd 2021 Follow Ray on social media: Facebook - Ray Coates Voice Twitter - @RayCoatesVoice Instagram - @raycoatesvoice

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Skamungas (29 Oct 2021)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present…… Skamungas. The long awaited debut of Skamungas at The Limelight – a night not to be missed! If you thought you didn’t like ska and reggae this band might well change your mind, or even your life, with their infectious enthusiasm and unique take on those instantly recognisable ska and reggae standards. Expect a musical jaunt through the history of ska and reggae – do you know the difference? From 60s Caribbean artists such as Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, through the 70s with Dave and Ansell Collins and the wonderful songs of 80s bands Madness, The Selecter, The Specials, and Bad Manners. Then on to the 90s and Reel Big Fish, and more recently, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Paolo Nutini. Just to name a few! And that’s not all. The band in ska/reggae tradition takes classic pop and rock songs and feeds them through the Skamungas machine to be performed as though always intended as ska or reggae numbers. Their ska rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a particular favourite as is “These Boots Were Made for Walking”, yes, the Nancy Sinatra number! In 2017 some very talented musicians from across the Home Counties came together to do something different. Skamungas was formed and rapidly achieved a great live reputation evidenced by headlining Astonbury 2017, their first festival, and Live In The Park 2018 in Aylesbury before 10,000+ people. The band was selected from hundreds of contenders to play PennFest 2018, on the bill with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder and Manic Street Preachers. 2019 was a triumph of sell out dates, the band now playing far and wide across Southern England, continuing to headline festivals and being courted by ever bigger venues and clubs stretching from the south coast up through London to the Midlands. With a terrific brass section of trombone and tenor sax, driving drums and bass, rhythmic guitar and keyboards, harmonised backing vocals and a lead vocalist to die for, Skamungas is set to achieve even greater things. After the gig desert of 2020/21 the band is revitalised and dying to give a little love and do the reggay. Seriously - get your tickets early!! All proceeds from this event to the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Charity Fund supporting local charities and community projects. Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds: Facebook | Website Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Sleeping Beauty

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 10 Dec (7.30pm) & Sat 11 Dec (5.30pm)SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 11 Dec (1:00pm) & Tue 28 Dec (4:30pm)RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 12 Dec (5:30pm) Directed by Erika SandersonWritten by Dario Knight It's time to get lost in the forest as the Queens Park Pantomime returns for 2021 with a brand new adaptation of a classic fairytale. Once upon a time, in a far-away land, a wicked witch put a curse upon a new-born princess. The baby's father, King Trevelyan, has spent eighteen years trying to prevent the prophecy from coming to pass, but the evil Belladonna has a plan to ensure his daughter's fate remains sealed... Now that Princess Elspeth is no longer a child, she's determined to make her way in the world with her childhood sweetheart. But the course of true love never did run smooth. Here there be dragons... From the team who brought you 'Beauty and the Beast', this year’s show is packed full of rib-tickling slapstick routines, amazing dances and songs, and beautiful handmade sets, costumes, props and puppets from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house production company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by the Susan Diane School of Dance. Show Run-time (incl. interval): 2hrs Praise for previous Queens Park pantomimes"Truly brilliant, we laughed ourselves silly.""It was stunning - the professionals couldn't out-do you.""Absolutely fantastic. My children loved it and will be talking about it for quite a long time to come. Thanks to all the cast & crew who made it such a brilliant night."

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Stained Glass - Sand, Sea & Sky

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm (Price includes all materials) ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join Carrie Kearsey, an experienced art teacher, for a fun day designing, cutting and completing a beautiful and creative copperfoil item on the theme of 'Summer: Sand, Sea and Sky' from a choice of projects. This glass item measures 8" wide x 10" to the top of the wire. WHAT TO BRING Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (12 Feb 2022)

Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Cinelli Brothers (18 Sep 2021)

The Cinelli Brothers is a project born out of a common passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from the 60s and 70s, when brothers Marco (guitarist and lead singer) and Alessandro (drummer) decided to form an explosive team showcasing original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown. Joining the two brothers on stage, Enzo Strano on bass and Tom Julian-Jones on harmonica and guitar. Their debut album Babe Please Set Your Alarm was recorded at the Soup Studio in London and the full live and analog recording was released in May 2018 on vinyl and digital format. The record went number 2 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters' Association) in June 2018. The band is been featured in Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Classic Rock and other magazines. This album comprises nine tasty original compositions and three finely crafted covers. ‘Chain of Fools’ by Don Covay (an Aretha hit), ‘Back Door Man’ – which stays true to Willie Dixon’s number - and Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable shuffle rhythm. Music Republic Magazine nominated Marco Cinelli as Best Guitar Player of 2018. Legendary radio and broadcaster David ‘Kid’ Jensen has played a different track from their album on six consecutive weeks of his United Djs radio show, naming them as his favourite blues outfit, and his favourite blues album in many years. In January this year the have been nominated at the UK Blues Awards as “Blues Band Of the Year”. The Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music history.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Dung Beatles (30 Oct 2021)

“…If I’d closed my eyes, I would have thought it was The Beatles…fantastic!” Review from 2019 Friars Club show at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Described by The British Beatles Fan club as “definitely not your average Beatles band”, since 2013 The Dung Beatles have carved out a unique reputation for performing the music of The Beatles with authenticity, passion and raw energy to sell-out audiences around the UK. Today, live shows draw on an incredible repertoire of over a hundred songs, including both hits and rarely heard album tracks, that have also made the band popular guests on BBC. “A must-see band for all Beatles fans”.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Voodoo Room (19 Nov 2021)

Paying tribute to these legends of Blues/Rock are Voodoo Room. A very welcome return to this stunning power trio featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians, who perform an incredible live show in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks – simply great music played by great musicians! See and hear classics such as: Red House, White Room, Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze, Layla etc. Members of Voodoo Room have recorded and toured with Stevie Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder and many other high profile artists. With standing ovations the norm, the word on the street is that Voodoo Room are ‘NOT TO BE MISSED – SO BOOK EARLY!’ ‘STUNNING!’ – Time Out

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Watercolour - Paint A Vegetable

One-off 3-hour class ABOUT THE CLASS Learn how to paint a loose pen and watercolour painting of some summer vegetables. Learn tips and techniques in watercolour that you can take forward into your own painting following the class. Feel free to bring your own vegetables if there is something in particular you would like to paint. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila runs the Tring Art Society, and enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING - Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) - Selection of brushes (such as DalerRowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) - A4 or A3 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) - 2 x Water pots (old tall plastic tubs work well for this such as soup tubs!) - Masking tape - Paper towels - Mixing palette - Pencil - Rubber - Ruler - Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen such as Uni pin fine liner

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored)

Thursdays (10.30am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Woodwork

Woodcarving - 'Carve It In A Day'

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: A one-day class running 10am-4pm. Jeremy will introduce you to woodcarving with a small, quick, taster project that will enable you to carve a relief, or a dish, or both if you’re quick. The tutor will supply the tools, demonstrate techniques, and demonstrate how to keep your tools razor sharp. To inspire you Jeremy will show his collection of carved objects and provide interesting books and magazines. You may complete your piece by applying tung oil for a natural finish or paint it with watercolour. With this experience you can take these first steps further to develop your own projects and even join the Monday Woodcarvers! The wood supplied will be lime and Canadian yellow pine prepared to a uniform 8” x 5”/ 200 x 150 mm size and a 1”/25 mm thickness. The cost will be included in the workshop fee. Bring your sketchbook and some ideas of what you would like to make. ABOUT THE TUTOR "Following my sculpture degree in 1970 I went off track for some years learning about building and carpentry, became a woodwork teacher in 1977, then started carving seriously in 1985. Wood as a material, the tools to cut and shape it, the smell of it, having to work slowly and deliberately, then adding colour to the play of light and shadow - all this centres me and grounds me in this physical world. While I love making functional bowls and dishes I use relief carving in wood as the language and medium to reflect and comment on the things that we celebrate and the issues we worry about today. My imagery comes from the things around us and from the natural forms of plants and wildlife." www.jeremyturnerwoodcarverart.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Woodwork

Woodwork

Thursdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Unbound Theatre, Short Courses

Writing Skills - Beginners (5-week course)

A short course of five weekly sessions, running between 9 Sep - 7 Oct, from 7pm and 9pm. Writing skills - Creative, business and 'life-writing' Rediscover confidence in your writing skills with these gently guided sessions, led by Nick Andrews. If you enjoyed writing at school and adult life has got in the way - rediscover your capacity to write creatively and effectively with Nick's unique brand of writing tools and techniques - honed over 30 years of teaching English in England and overseas. If you lack confidence in writing, the 'writing tools' approach will give you all the skills you need to be a great communicatror. The class is a safe and supportive environment for you to rediscover, develop and polish your writing skills. At the end of the second set of sessions, you will be invited to a self-publishing workshop so you can be a published author before Christmas! "Within two sessions I was writing like a published author, using these simple techniques. Now I can express myself in the way that I want to - and no longer be afraid to write it down" This workshop is presented by Unbound, Queens Park's in-house production company. Unbound produces a wide range of shows every year spanning professional-quality touring and site-specific pieces to community productions at the Limelight Theatre, as well as a variety of workshops in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Unbound Theatre, Short Courses

Writing Skills - Intermediate (5-week course)

A short course of five weekly sessions, running between 21 Oct - 18 Nov, from 7pm and 9pm. Writing skills - Creative, business and 'life-writing' Rediscover confidence in your writing skills with these gently guided sessions, led by Nick Andrews. If you enjoyed writing at school and adult life has got in the way - rediscover your capacity to write creatively and effectively with Nick's unique brand of writing tools and techniques - honed over 30 years of teaching English in England and overseas. If you lack confidence in writing, the 'writing tools' approach will give you all the skills you need to be a great communicatror. The class is a safe and supportive environment for you to rediscover, develop and polish your writing skills. At the end of the second set of sessions, you will be invited to a self-publishing workshop so you can be a published author before Christmas! "Within two sessions I was writing like a published author, using these simple techniques. Now I can express myself in the way that I want to - and no longer be afraid to write it down" This workshop is presented by Unbound, Queens Park's in-house production company. Unbound produces a wide range of shows every year spanning professional-quality touring and site-specific pieces to community productions at the Limelight Theatre, as well as a variety of workshops in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Unbound Theatre

Writing Skills - Self-Publishing

A one-off session running from 7pm and 9pm. Writing skills - Creative, business and 'life-writing' Following on from Nick's two five-week courses exploring writing skills, this single session workshop introduces the means and methods of self-publishing, so that you can see your newly-developed writing in print! This workshop is presented by Unbound, Queens Park's in-house production company. Unbound produces a wide range of shows every year spanning professional-quality touring and site-specific pieces to community productions at the Limelight Theatre, as well as a variety of workshops in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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