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Live Music

"Mr" Paul Adams (28 Sep)

Saturday 28 September 8PM Get ready for a musical journey with Aylesbury's very own country outlaw, "Mr" Paul Adams! Born in the Northern heart of Texas and raised amidst the rolling hills of Aylesbury, Paul embodies the spirit of the genre with a distinctive blend of country and outlaw flair. His captivating performances are a testament to his roots and a celebration of the rich storytelling tradition of country music, new and old. Don't miss the chance to witness "Mr" Paul Adams live in action, as he brings the soul of country outlaw music to the heart of Aylesbury. Grab your tickets now for a night of unforgettable tunes and a taste of the Texan spirit right in your own backyard!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'10 Great Stories' (6 Sep)

Friday 6 September 7.30pm Celebrating a decade of Unbound Theatre! Ten years to the very night that the project launched at Queens Park Arts Centre’s Limelight Theatre, Unbound present a special retrospective show celebrating its phenomenal storytelling achievements over the last decade. Discover Unbound’s history through ten scenes drawn from past productions – one per year that the project been running, and each showcasing a different genre, style or medium of storytelling. Original cast members and new faces will unite to present an evening packed with new writing, sketch comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary classics, pantomime, improvisation, audio drama, short stories, and more! Linked together with insightful interviews charting the triumphs (and occasional tribulations) involved in telling great stories, as well as material from the Unbound archive, this special performance is a unique celebration of the most prolific storytelling project in the county. www.unboundtheatre.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' (1-2 Nov)

After the recent death of an anarchist in police custody, the Metropolitan Police are feeling on edge. In steps a man only known as ‘The Maniac’, who inveigles his way into the police station and leads his own inquiry into the death, causing chaos as the Superintendent and his men desperately try and cover their backs. First written in the 1970’s and brought right up to date for a barnstorming run last year in London’s West End, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist is a hilarious satire taking aim at the police, government, and each and every one of us. A rallying cry against injustice, this show will have you creased up with laughter and questioning your life choices in equal measure. ACCESS The matinee on Sat 2 November will be accompanied by a BSL interpreter. AGE RESTRICTION This performance contains adult themes and very strong language, so we recommend a minimum age of 16. Written by Dario Fo and Franco Rama, in a new version by Tom Basden. And amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Richard II' (Touring Performances)

Our award-winning storytelling company Unbound present the 2024 Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival, featuring a brand-new touring production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays. PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to book for the two performances at QPAC's Limelight Theatre on 5-6 July, please click here. King Richard holds the throne of England, but opposition to his rule is mounting. When he banishes Henry Bolingbroke over a dispute with his ally Lord Mowbray, the exiled noble vows to take revenge. Soon he returns to England to raise an army, with his sights set firmly on challenging the divine right of kings... This brand-new production of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy is perfect for fans of the Bard as well as those a bit suspicious of Shakespeare! Had a bad experience with his plays at school? Can’t deal with another show full of men in tights? This is the show for you! Tour Schedule: Fri 5 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Sat 6 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Fri 12 Jul - Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham (7.30pm - book via calendar below) Sun 14 Jul - Wycombe Museum (1.30pm - tickets available soon to book) Fri 19 Jul - Nag's Head, Great Missenden (7.30pm - free entry) Sat 20 Jul - Buckingham Library (2pm - book via calendar below) Sun 21 Jul - Waddesdon Manor (2pm - free with grounds admission) Fri 26 Jul - Holy Trinity Church, Prestwood (7.30pm - tickets available soon) Sat 27 Jul - Ascott House (Matinee - tickets available soon) Sun 28 Jul - King's Head, Aylesbury (2pm - free entry)

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue External Events

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Storyteller' Pantomime (13-29 Dec)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 13 Dec (7.30pm), Sat 14 Dec (1pm & 5.30pm) & Sun 15 Dec ( 1pm & 5.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 14 Dec (5.30pm) & Sat 28 Dec (1pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 15 Dec (5:30pm) Written & Directed by Dario Knight | Music by Stephen J Davies Prepare to embark on a thrilling all-new pantomime adventure to the Unbound Library, where books really do come to life! The Unbound Library is one of the wonders of the wide world – the biggest collection of stories ever assembled! Legend has it that the library’s owner – the Great Storyteller – possesses magic so powerful that they can pull a story from the page and make it come to life before your very eyes. The spell is a closely guarded secret – one a rival storyteller is determined to steal… This year's pantomime weaves a brand new fairytale together with all of the panto staples audiences love: sing-a-long songs, riotous slapstick routines, dazzling dances, and plenty of audience participation! Prepare for a show like no other, as the award-winning volunteer artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre unveil their most beautiful (and ambitious) array of handmade scenery, costumes and props to date! The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house storytelling company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD. 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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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Aidan the Wizard: Live & MENTAL (27 Sep)

Friday 27 September 2024 If you've ever wanted to meet a wizard, have your mind blown and laugh your socks off, all in one night... this is the show for you! Aidan will be taking to the stage some insane new magic, crazy mind-reading stunts and hilarious stand-up comedy. If you've seen Aidan live in the past, you'll already know that this is not one to miss. And if you haven't seen Aidan before, rest assured, this entire show will be nothing short of MENTAL... Get your tickets today!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Burretti - The Lost Show

Fri 24 Jan & Sat 25 Jan 7.30pm Set in a 1970s TV show interview format this theatre production portrays the fascinating tale of Freddie Burretti, David Bowie’s close friend and key early 1970s Ziggy Stardust costume designer.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Dance, Music, Live Music

Ceilidh Fundraiser

Join us for a special night of music and dance, as our Limelight Theatre hosts a fundraising ceilidh in support of QPAC's continued operations. The evening will be led by the Queens Park Pickers - a talented band of musicians who meet once a month in our coffee bar to socialise and play American Old-Time music. They'll be on stage providing a perfect mix of dance music, with Tim Rooke calling the dances. Don't worry if you've never been to a ceilidh before, the band will be there to guide you through the different dances and make sure everyone has a good night!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Music

Coda

Sat 15 Feb 8pm CODA - a Tribute to Led Zeppelin are Europe's most authentic and exciting Led Zeppelin tribute band, replicating the power, excitement and magic of a Led Zeppelin show like no other. They are the only proper four-piece Zep tribute band in Europe that looks and sounds as close to the real thing as possible, featuring authentic-looking and sounding instruments as well as incredible, hand- made replica costumes that will take you back to the time when the Gods of Rock ruled the world! Every show features a fantastic selection from classic Led Zeppelin songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, as well as Led Zeppelin live rarities such as When the Levee Breaks, Ramble On, Wanton Song and much more. The band can also perform a wide variety of Led Zeppelin's acoustic songs such as Going to California and That's the Way and every year CODA add more and more new songs to their repertoire. CODA's show takes its inspiration from the studio recordings, as well as official (and unofficial!) live recordings to bring you the best of all facets of Led Zeppelin. If you like your Led Zeppelin tribute band with big hair, all the stage moves and excitement of the original band, an incredible attention to detail unrivalled by any other Led Zeppelin tribute band, a singer with all the range and power of Robert Plant, a guitarist with all the riffs and groove of Jimmy Page, a drummer with the feel and power of John Bonham and a multi- instrumental bassist like John Paul Jones, this is the Led Zeppelin tribute band for you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (12 Jul)

Our ever-popular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 12 JULY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINE UP: DAVIS TSONOS BEN BRIGGS ANDY BARR PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Confident - The Tour

Fri 17 Jan 8pm A laugh-a-minute variety show that combines live music, comedy, magic, prize bingo and more into one hilarious night of live entertainment.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Encore

Fri 7 Feb & Sat 8 Feb 8pm Written by Dario Knight Produced by Unbound A haunting new one-act play from the writer of the acclaimed ‘Regency Theatre Trilogy’. Comedy star Sidney Braithwaite died a long time ago. His films are no longer shown, his blue plaques have been struck down, and his name is spoken only in dark corners and Netflix true crime series. The world moved on from ‘Simply Sid’, but all things that pass are destined to be revisited. The head of a failing film studio has a plan to bring Braithwaite back through the murky realm of AI, using the controversial fallen star to revive his company’s fortunes. However, not everyone clamors to see Simply Sid’s encore performance. His daughter Louise is on a mission to stop the studio from making the film – but she’s about to find that her father left far more than bad memories behind when he last left the stage… Praise for ‘The Regency Theatre Trilogy’: “What an amazing evening! I cried I laughed then cried some more. The plays were all so well written…it’s a night I won’t forget for a long time.” “So so clever; the concept, the writing, the set, tech and delivered brilliantly by awesome actors... you must go see.” “A very highly professional, quality play in all departments: writing, acting, directing.”

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Quiz Night

Fish & Chip Quiz Night (Sat 30 Nov)

Saturday 30 November 7pm Quiz nights are back! Tuck into tasty fish and chips and then test the little grey cells! Hosts Grace & Faye will be setting the questions at this special fundraising event. Teams of 6 people max. Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm their food order - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (12 Oct)

Duos come and duos go, and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating. For over a quarter of a century Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal. From their early days in folk supergroup ‘Equation ‘ through to their new album, Almost A Sunset, this multi award-winning musical couple continue to exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. 2024 sees them release ’The Collection’. 18 of their most loved songs compiled into one seamless album.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Keith James - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Keith James in concert The Songs of Leonard Cohen Sat 11 Jan 8pm These remarkable songs - stripped back, honest, naked and sensual. ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM. If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty and indulgence with the stroke of each word. The very beginning of Leonard Cohen as a songwriter happened during the 1960’s on the Greek Island of Hydra where he met Marianne Ihlen, the love of his life. He was spending his time on Hydra writing a novel and a collection of poetry; it was Marianne who encouraged him to turn many of the poems into songs; Bird on a Wire being the most notable. The chilling announcement of Leonard's death marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own vulnerability. Our World misses him very much. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts to more than 200,000 people. This has proved to be ‘life changing’ and one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 50 year career in music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Mim Grey (28 Feb)

Mim Grey - "The Garden of Me Tour" Join us for an unforgettable evening with the illustrious Mim Grey, as she returns to the stage with her long-awaited third album, "The Garden of Me." This album was co-produced with legendary guitarist Robbie McIntosh, known for his work with The Pretenders, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Paul McCartney. Reflecting on the recording process, Mim shared, "Creating 'Garden of Me' was a truly magical experience. Collaborating with Robbie McIntosh and the production team allowed us to channel the essence of the songs seamlessly. The result is an album of music that speaks from the heart, and I am thrilled to share it with the world." Now, Mim is eager to bring these new songs to the stage, where her heartfelt performances and captivating presence promise to create an enchanting live experience for all who attend. Born and raised in North London, Mim has captivated audiences globally as the singer of choice for many noted bands and musicians. Music icons like Sir Tom Jones and Michael Ball have praised her, with Jones calling her his favourite singer and Ball declaring her "the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time." Don't miss the chance to experience Mim Grey live on "The Garden of Me Tour" at the Limelight Theatre. Be prepared for an evening of soul-stirring music from an artist who truly sings from the heart. www.mimgrey.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder, Fish & Chips (20 Oct)

Friday 18 October 7.30pm Join Prestwood Players for this special interactive murder mystery evening, complete with fish & chips! ‘The Wake’ by Archie Wilson Havelock Cartwright, world famous magician and illusionist, has died after a long, painful illness. A big, though obnoxious man in all ways he amazed people the world over with his tricks and illusions amassing a vast fortune in the process. He lived in a large mansion (the House of Illusion) with all his family each of whom inhabit a separate wing. On his deathbed he instructed his friend and family solicitor Hubert Clegghorn to inform everybody that he did not want to be mourned - but to hold a riotous wake in his honour. During the wake Hubert was to read out his will, which had been drawn up by a firm of independent solicitors, so that family friends and mourners could find out exactly what the old man had left for them. Chaos ensues! Ticket price includes fish & chips! Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm food orders - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (Monthly)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - grab a drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. PLEASE NOTE: Acoustic acts only. Jack cables will be required for electro-acoustic intruments. If bringing your own backing music, please have it available as an mp3 file on a phone/tablet with a headphone socket / adaptor.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (Sat 9 Nov)

Renowned Westcountry songwriter Steve Knightley, former Show of Hands frontman, announces a groundbreaking nationwide solo tour—the first since the iconic band disbanded. Focused on promoting his latest album, 'The Winter Yards,' this tour signifies a profound shift in Knightley's musical journey. Booked by Midnight Mango, the move is a calculated step for the seasoned artist. The agency stated, "We are proud to be involved in the launch of the fresh chapter in the remarkable career of legendary songwriter Steve Knightley.” Notably, the tour includes Knightley's inaugural performances in Scotland and Ireland, expanding the geographical reach of his musical influence. With a reputation for haunting narrative songs and captivating storytelling, fans can anticipate Knightley's solo career as a powerful and evocative continuation of his influential legacy in Acoustic music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Atomic Prune

Sat 1 March 8pm - 10.30pm Bar opens at 7.30pm The Atomic Prune are an energetic, youthful blues-rock trio from Aylesbury. Inspired by the music of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac as well as B.B King and Big Bill Broonzy, it's blues in all its forms. It's members have shared the stages with Catfish, the Cinelli Brothers and opened for Will Wilde in Oxford a few years ago. This will be a night not to be missed.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Dung Beatles (5 Oct)

See the entire Hard Day’s Night album performed live! Plus a second set of Beatles classics and album gems The Dung Beatles: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 60TH ANNIVERSARY High-energy, top-drawer musicianship and precise vocal harmonies that capture the very essence of Beatles music – that’s why so many 'hard-core' Beatles fans come to see the Dung Beatles time and again since they formed more than a decade ago. Referring to themselves as "a Beatles rock band rather than tribute” (no wigs, costumes or backing tracks!), their extensive repertoire includes hits, album gems, and many songs never performed live by the Beatles themselves. With hundreds of gigs played, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, multiple ‘live sessions’ on BBC Radio, theatres and festivals, for this special show the band will commemorate 60 years since the release of one of the most exciting albums ever made by performing the Beatles’ ‘A Hard day’s Night’ album in its entirety. They’ll follow this with a second set comprising an eclectic mix of songs from the early, late, and post-Beatles periods. A fab time is guaranteed for all! thedungbeatles.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Gilded Cage Open Mic

Sunday 8pm Join us for the monthly Gilded Cage Open Mic – an opportunity for anyone and everyone to step up onto the Limelight Theatre stage. You might be a musician, signer, comedian, poet, storyteller, juggler or magician; all are welcome to perform in this friendly, informal evening showcasing and celebrating local talent. Each act gets a 10-15min slot (depending on how many acts we have on the bill!) Entry is by donation – please consider giving whatever you can to support QPAC’s ongoing refurbishment and fundraising. Note: if bringing a backing track, please ensure it’s on a device with a headphone socket / adaptor. PA is provided with Direct Input for instruments (bring a cable if you have one!). There’ll be a piano on stage.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The John Otway Band (4 Oct)

From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister's Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar. Otway had to wait until 1977 and the rise of punk before his dream of fame and fortune would finally become a reality. Having caught the eye of the producers of the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, Otway's performance on that show would grab the attention of the watching audience. Otway, ever the showman, decided to jump on to the amplifier of his colleague during a performance of Bob Lind's Cheryl's Going Home. (Un)fortunately for Otway, he misjudged his leap and sent Wild Willy Barrett’s amplifier tumbling as he crashed down straddling the box under the amp. The full force of the impact was absorbed by the most tender part of his body, but in doing this one simple act of recklessness and his wanton disregard for his own safety, Otway was the talk of everyone who watched that evening's programme. Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway's sixth single, the halfspoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC's flagship music programme Top of the Pops, where Otway & Barrett were introduced by Elton John later, Otway was finally a star. It would however, be his greatest success for some time. Despite numerous attempts to get back into the charts, Otway would have to wait 25 years for his next taste of chart success. In the intervening years, Otway would become an actor; write an autobiography (Cor Baby That’s Really Me: Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure); perform sold out shows at London’s Astoria and Royal Albert Hall; make regular appearances at both Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals; and write the nation’s seventh favourite lyric of all-time (beating Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the process). In 2002, Otway achieved what he desired the most – a second hit. A concerted publicity campaign saw Otway reach number 9 with the disco pastiche Bunsen Burner and a second appearance on Top of the Pops. Despite this success, a planned world tour collapsed, but Otway continued to gig extensively around the UK either with his band, as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett or solo. A follow-up autobiography was penned in 2010 and titled: I Did It Otway: Regrets I’ve Had a Few. To celebrate his 60th birthday in 2012, Otway produced his debut movie titled Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure. A screening for producers was held at London’s Leicester Square with the final scenes from the movie filmed on the red carpet and edited into the film as the audience were watching. The film was then taken to Cannes Film Festival and a 50-date tour of cinemas in both the UK and North America. It was subsequently voted the 2nd best film of the year in a poll of its readers conducted by The Guardian newspaper. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Otway took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to record a new album. The album would be the first to be recorded on the island by an international artist since The Rolling Stones recorded Steel Wheels in 1989. Produced by Grammy-award winner Chris Birkett and recorded at Olveston House – the former home of Sir George Martin, it was released to critical acclaim in May 2017.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Siren's Call

Fri 25 Oct & Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm Written by Ade Morris Directed by Sandie King Produced by Unbound A classic period drama, with a twist… In the vault of the British Museum, history is hurtling into the present day. Jane Parr has been exploring her ancestry, and with the help of some unlikely guides, she’s about to discover the story of Emma Bennett. Miss Bennett is aboard her romantic brigantine in 1804, but where is she sailing to? And, two centuries later, what is her descendant Jane really hiding from in the whispering museum vault? This special production is presented by QPAC’s in-house storytelling company, Unbound, by kind permission of Micheline Steinberg Associates.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music, Music

Voodoo Room (21 Sep)

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 Find out more about the band by visiting their website.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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"Mr" Paul Adams (28 Sep)

Saturday 28 September 8PM Get ready for a musical journey with Aylesbury's very own country outlaw, "Mr" Paul Adams! Born in the Northern heart of Texas and raised amidst the rolling hills of Aylesbury, Paul embodies the spirit of the genre with a distinctive blend of country and outlaw flair. His captivating performances are a testament to his roots and a celebration of the rich storytelling tradition of country music, new and old. Don't miss the chance to witness "Mr" Paul Adams live in action, as he brings the soul of country outlaw music to the heart of Aylesbury. Grab your tickets now for a night of unforgettable tunes and a taste of the Texan spirit right in your own backyard!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'10 Great Stories' (6 Sep)

Friday 6 September 7.30pm Celebrating a decade of Unbound Theatre! Ten years to the very night that the project launched at Queens Park Arts Centre’s Limelight Theatre, Unbound present a special retrospective show celebrating its phenomenal storytelling achievements over the last decade. Discover Unbound’s history through ten scenes drawn from past productions – one per year that the project been running, and each showcasing a different genre, style or medium of storytelling. Original cast members and new faces will unite to present an evening packed with new writing, sketch comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary classics, pantomime, improvisation, audio drama, short stories, and more! Linked together with insightful interviews charting the triumphs (and occasional tribulations) involved in telling great stories, as well as material from the Unbound archive, this special performance is a unique celebration of the most prolific storytelling project in the county. www.unboundtheatre.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' (1-2 Nov)

After the recent death of an anarchist in police custody, the Metropolitan Police are feeling on edge. In steps a man only known as ‘The Maniac’, who inveigles his way into the police station and leads his own inquiry into the death, causing chaos as the Superintendent and his men desperately try and cover their backs. First written in the 1970’s and brought right up to date for a barnstorming run last year in London’s West End, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist is a hilarious satire taking aim at the police, government, and each and every one of us. A rallying cry against injustice, this show will have you creased up with laughter and questioning your life choices in equal measure. ACCESS The matinee on Sat 2 November will be accompanied by a BSL interpreter. AGE RESTRICTION This performance contains adult themes and very strong language, so we recommend a minimum age of 16. Written by Dario Fo and Franco Rama, in a new version by Tom Basden. And amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Richard II' (Touring Performances)

Our award-winning storytelling company Unbound present the 2024 Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival, featuring a brand-new touring production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays. PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to book for the two performances at QPAC's Limelight Theatre on 5-6 July, please click here. King Richard holds the throne of England, but opposition to his rule is mounting. When he banishes Henry Bolingbroke over a dispute with his ally Lord Mowbray, the exiled noble vows to take revenge. Soon he returns to England to raise an army, with his sights set firmly on challenging the divine right of kings... This brand-new production of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy is perfect for fans of the Bard as well as those a bit suspicious of Shakespeare! Had a bad experience with his plays at school? Can’t deal with another show full of men in tights? This is the show for you! Tour Schedule: Fri 5 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Sat 6 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Fri 12 Jul - Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham (7.30pm - book via calendar below) Sun 14 Jul - Wycombe Museum (1.30pm - tickets available soon to book) Fri 19 Jul - Nag's Head, Great Missenden (7.30pm - free entry) Sat 20 Jul - Buckingham Library (2pm - book via calendar below) Sun 21 Jul - Waddesdon Manor (2pm - free with grounds admission) Fri 26 Jul - Holy Trinity Church, Prestwood (7.30pm - tickets available soon) Sat 27 Jul - Ascott House (Matinee - tickets available soon) Sun 28 Jul - King's Head, Aylesbury (2pm - free entry)

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Storyteller' Pantomime (13-29 Dec)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 13 Dec (7.30pm), Sat 14 Dec (1pm & 5.30pm) & Sun 15 Dec ( 1pm & 5.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 14 Dec (5.30pm) & Sat 28 Dec (1pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 15 Dec (5:30pm) Written & Directed by Dario Knight | Music by Stephen J Davies Prepare to embark on a thrilling all-new pantomime adventure to the Unbound Library, where books really do come to life! The Unbound Library is one of the wonders of the wide world – the biggest collection of stories ever assembled! Legend has it that the library’s owner – the Great Storyteller – possesses magic so powerful that they can pull a story from the page and make it come to life before your very eyes. The spell is a closely guarded secret – one a rival storyteller is determined to steal… This year's pantomime weaves a brand new fairytale together with all of the panto staples audiences love: sing-a-long songs, riotous slapstick routines, dazzling dances, and plenty of audience participation! Prepare for a show like no other, as the award-winning volunteer artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre unveil their most beautiful (and ambitious) array of handmade scenery, costumes and props to date! The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house storytelling company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD. 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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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Aidan the Wizard: Live & MENTAL (27 Sep)

Friday 27 September 2024 If you've ever wanted to meet a wizard, have your mind blown and laugh your socks off, all in one night... this is the show for you! Aidan will be taking to the stage some insane new magic, crazy mind-reading stunts and hilarious stand-up comedy. If you've seen Aidan live in the past, you'll already know that this is not one to miss. And if you haven't seen Aidan before, rest assured, this entire show will be nothing short of MENTAL... Get your tickets today!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Burretti - The Lost Show

Fri 24 Jan & Sat 25 Jan 7.30pm Set in a 1970s TV show interview format this theatre production portrays the fascinating tale of Freddie Burretti, David Bowie’s close friend and key early 1970s Ziggy Stardust costume designer.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Dance, Music, Live Music

Ceilidh Fundraiser

Join us for a special night of music and dance, as our Limelight Theatre hosts a fundraising ceilidh in support of QPAC's continued operations. The evening will be led by the Queens Park Pickers - a talented band of musicians who meet once a month in our coffee bar to socialise and play American Old-Time music. They'll be on stage providing a perfect mix of dance music, with Tim Rooke calling the dances. Don't worry if you've never been to a ceilidh before, the band will be there to guide you through the different dances and make sure everyone has a good night!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Music

Coda

Sat 15 Feb 8pm CODA - a Tribute to Led Zeppelin are Europe's most authentic and exciting Led Zeppelin tribute band, replicating the power, excitement and magic of a Led Zeppelin show like no other. They are the only proper four-piece Zep tribute band in Europe that looks and sounds as close to the real thing as possible, featuring authentic-looking and sounding instruments as well as incredible, hand- made replica costumes that will take you back to the time when the Gods of Rock ruled the world! Every show features a fantastic selection from classic Led Zeppelin songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, as well as Led Zeppelin live rarities such as When the Levee Breaks, Ramble On, Wanton Song and much more. The band can also perform a wide variety of Led Zeppelin's acoustic songs such as Going to California and That's the Way and every year CODA add more and more new songs to their repertoire. CODA's show takes its inspiration from the studio recordings, as well as official (and unofficial!) live recordings to bring you the best of all facets of Led Zeppelin. If you like your Led Zeppelin tribute band with big hair, all the stage moves and excitement of the original band, an incredible attention to detail unrivalled by any other Led Zeppelin tribute band, a singer with all the range and power of Robert Plant, a guitarist with all the riffs and groove of Jimmy Page, a drummer with the feel and power of John Bonham and a multi- instrumental bassist like John Paul Jones, this is the Led Zeppelin tribute band for you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (12 Jul)

Our ever-popular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 12 JULY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINE UP: DAVIS TSONOS BEN BRIGGS ANDY BARR PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Confident - The Tour

Fri 17 Jan 8pm A laugh-a-minute variety show that combines live music, comedy, magic, prize bingo and more into one hilarious night of live entertainment.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Encore

Fri 7 Feb & Sat 8 Feb 8pm Written by Dario Knight Produced by Unbound A haunting new one-act play from the writer of the acclaimed ‘Regency Theatre Trilogy’. Comedy star Sidney Braithwaite died a long time ago. His films are no longer shown, his blue plaques have been struck down, and his name is spoken only in dark corners and Netflix true crime series. The world moved on from ‘Simply Sid’, but all things that pass are destined to be revisited. The head of a failing film studio has a plan to bring Braithwaite back through the murky realm of AI, using the controversial fallen star to revive his company’s fortunes. However, not everyone clamors to see Simply Sid’s encore performance. His daughter Louise is on a mission to stop the studio from making the film – but she’s about to find that her father left far more than bad memories behind when he last left the stage… Praise for ‘The Regency Theatre Trilogy’: “What an amazing evening! I cried I laughed then cried some more. The plays were all so well written…it’s a night I won’t forget for a long time.” “So so clever; the concept, the writing, the set, tech and delivered brilliantly by awesome actors... you must go see.” “A very highly professional, quality play in all departments: writing, acting, directing.”

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Quiz Night

Fish & Chip Quiz Night (Sat 30 Nov)

Saturday 30 November 7pm Quiz nights are back! Tuck into tasty fish and chips and then test the little grey cells! Hosts Grace & Faye will be setting the questions at this special fundraising event. Teams of 6 people max. Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm their food order - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (12 Oct)

Duos come and duos go, and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating. For over a quarter of a century Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal. From their early days in folk supergroup ‘Equation ‘ through to their new album, Almost A Sunset, this multi award-winning musical couple continue to exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. 2024 sees them release ’The Collection’. 18 of their most loved songs compiled into one seamless album.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Keith James - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Keith James in concert The Songs of Leonard Cohen Sat 11 Jan 8pm These remarkable songs - stripped back, honest, naked and sensual. ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM. If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty and indulgence with the stroke of each word. The very beginning of Leonard Cohen as a songwriter happened during the 1960’s on the Greek Island of Hydra where he met Marianne Ihlen, the love of his life. He was spending his time on Hydra writing a novel and a collection of poetry; it was Marianne who encouraged him to turn many of the poems into songs; Bird on a Wire being the most notable. The chilling announcement of Leonard's death marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own vulnerability. Our World misses him very much. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts to more than 200,000 people. This has proved to be ‘life changing’ and one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 50 year career in music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Mim Grey (28 Feb)

Mim Grey - "The Garden of Me Tour" Join us for an unforgettable evening with the illustrious Mim Grey, as she returns to the stage with her long-awaited third album, "The Garden of Me." This album was co-produced with legendary guitarist Robbie McIntosh, known for his work with The Pretenders, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Paul McCartney. Reflecting on the recording process, Mim shared, "Creating 'Garden of Me' was a truly magical experience. Collaborating with Robbie McIntosh and the production team allowed us to channel the essence of the songs seamlessly. The result is an album of music that speaks from the heart, and I am thrilled to share it with the world." Now, Mim is eager to bring these new songs to the stage, where her heartfelt performances and captivating presence promise to create an enchanting live experience for all who attend. Born and raised in North London, Mim has captivated audiences globally as the singer of choice for many noted bands and musicians. Music icons like Sir Tom Jones and Michael Ball have praised her, with Jones calling her his favourite singer and Ball declaring her "the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time." Don't miss the chance to experience Mim Grey live on "The Garden of Me Tour" at the Limelight Theatre. Be prepared for an evening of soul-stirring music from an artist who truly sings from the heart. www.mimgrey.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder, Fish & Chips (20 Oct)

Friday 18 October 7.30pm Join Prestwood Players for this special interactive murder mystery evening, complete with fish & chips! ‘The Wake’ by Archie Wilson Havelock Cartwright, world famous magician and illusionist, has died after a long, painful illness. A big, though obnoxious man in all ways he amazed people the world over with his tricks and illusions amassing a vast fortune in the process. He lived in a large mansion (the House of Illusion) with all his family each of whom inhabit a separate wing. On his deathbed he instructed his friend and family solicitor Hubert Clegghorn to inform everybody that he did not want to be mourned - but to hold a riotous wake in his honour. During the wake Hubert was to read out his will, which had been drawn up by a firm of independent solicitors, so that family friends and mourners could find out exactly what the old man had left for them. Chaos ensues! Ticket price includes fish & chips! Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm food orders - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (Monthly)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - grab a drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. PLEASE NOTE: Acoustic acts only. Jack cables will be required for electro-acoustic intruments. If bringing your own backing music, please have it available as an mp3 file on a phone/tablet with a headphone socket / adaptor.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (Sat 9 Nov)

Renowned Westcountry songwriter Steve Knightley, former Show of Hands frontman, announces a groundbreaking nationwide solo tour—the first since the iconic band disbanded. Focused on promoting his latest album, 'The Winter Yards,' this tour signifies a profound shift in Knightley's musical journey. Booked by Midnight Mango, the move is a calculated step for the seasoned artist. The agency stated, "We are proud to be involved in the launch of the fresh chapter in the remarkable career of legendary songwriter Steve Knightley.” Notably, the tour includes Knightley's inaugural performances in Scotland and Ireland, expanding the geographical reach of his musical influence. With a reputation for haunting narrative songs and captivating storytelling, fans can anticipate Knightley's solo career as a powerful and evocative continuation of his influential legacy in Acoustic music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Atomic Prune

Sat 1 March 8pm - 10.30pm Bar opens at 7.30pm The Atomic Prune are an energetic, youthful blues-rock trio from Aylesbury. Inspired by the music of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac as well as B.B King and Big Bill Broonzy, it's blues in all its forms. It's members have shared the stages with Catfish, the Cinelli Brothers and opened for Will Wilde in Oxford a few years ago. This will be a night not to be missed.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Dung Beatles (5 Oct)

See the entire Hard Day’s Night album performed live! Plus a second set of Beatles classics and album gems The Dung Beatles: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 60TH ANNIVERSARY High-energy, top-drawer musicianship and precise vocal harmonies that capture the very essence of Beatles music – that’s why so many 'hard-core' Beatles fans come to see the Dung Beatles time and again since they formed more than a decade ago. Referring to themselves as "a Beatles rock band rather than tribute” (no wigs, costumes or backing tracks!), their extensive repertoire includes hits, album gems, and many songs never performed live by the Beatles themselves. With hundreds of gigs played, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, multiple ‘live sessions’ on BBC Radio, theatres and festivals, for this special show the band will commemorate 60 years since the release of one of the most exciting albums ever made by performing the Beatles’ ‘A Hard day’s Night’ album in its entirety. They’ll follow this with a second set comprising an eclectic mix of songs from the early, late, and post-Beatles periods. A fab time is guaranteed for all! thedungbeatles.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Gilded Cage Open Mic

Sunday 8pm Join us for the monthly Gilded Cage Open Mic – an opportunity for anyone and everyone to step up onto the Limelight Theatre stage. You might be a musician, signer, comedian, poet, storyteller, juggler or magician; all are welcome to perform in this friendly, informal evening showcasing and celebrating local talent. Each act gets a 10-15min slot (depending on how many acts we have on the bill!) Entry is by donation – please consider giving whatever you can to support QPAC’s ongoing refurbishment and fundraising. Note: if bringing a backing track, please ensure it’s on a device with a headphone socket / adaptor. PA is provided with Direct Input for instruments (bring a cable if you have one!). There’ll be a piano on stage.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The John Otway Band (4 Oct)

From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister's Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar. Otway had to wait until 1977 and the rise of punk before his dream of fame and fortune would finally become a reality. Having caught the eye of the producers of the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, Otway's performance on that show would grab the attention of the watching audience. Otway, ever the showman, decided to jump on to the amplifier of his colleague during a performance of Bob Lind's Cheryl's Going Home. (Un)fortunately for Otway, he misjudged his leap and sent Wild Willy Barrett’s amplifier tumbling as he crashed down straddling the box under the amp. The full force of the impact was absorbed by the most tender part of his body, but in doing this one simple act of recklessness and his wanton disregard for his own safety, Otway was the talk of everyone who watched that evening's programme. Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway's sixth single, the halfspoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC's flagship music programme Top of the Pops, where Otway & Barrett were introduced by Elton John later, Otway was finally a star. It would however, be his greatest success for some time. Despite numerous attempts to get back into the charts, Otway would have to wait 25 years for his next taste of chart success. In the intervening years, Otway would become an actor; write an autobiography (Cor Baby That’s Really Me: Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure); perform sold out shows at London’s Astoria and Royal Albert Hall; make regular appearances at both Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals; and write the nation’s seventh favourite lyric of all-time (beating Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the process). In 2002, Otway achieved what he desired the most – a second hit. A concerted publicity campaign saw Otway reach number 9 with the disco pastiche Bunsen Burner and a second appearance on Top of the Pops. Despite this success, a planned world tour collapsed, but Otway continued to gig extensively around the UK either with his band, as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett or solo. A follow-up autobiography was penned in 2010 and titled: I Did It Otway: Regrets I’ve Had a Few. To celebrate his 60th birthday in 2012, Otway produced his debut movie titled Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure. A screening for producers was held at London’s Leicester Square with the final scenes from the movie filmed on the red carpet and edited into the film as the audience were watching. The film was then taken to Cannes Film Festival and a 50-date tour of cinemas in both the UK and North America. It was subsequently voted the 2nd best film of the year in a poll of its readers conducted by The Guardian newspaper. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Otway took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to record a new album. The album would be the first to be recorded on the island by an international artist since The Rolling Stones recorded Steel Wheels in 1989. Produced by Grammy-award winner Chris Birkett and recorded at Olveston House – the former home of Sir George Martin, it was released to critical acclaim in May 2017.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Siren's Call

Fri 25 Oct & Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm Written by Ade Morris Directed by Sandie King Produced by Unbound A classic period drama, with a twist… In the vault of the British Museum, history is hurtling into the present day. Jane Parr has been exploring her ancestry, and with the help of some unlikely guides, she’s about to discover the story of Emma Bennett. Miss Bennett is aboard her romantic brigantine in 1804, but where is she sailing to? And, two centuries later, what is her descendant Jane really hiding from in the whispering museum vault? This special production is presented by QPAC’s in-house storytelling company, Unbound, by kind permission of Micheline Steinberg Associates.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music, Music

Voodoo Room (21 Sep)

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 Find out more about the band by visiting their website.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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