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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Funny Voices'

A new one-act play written and directed by Dario Knight Starring Erika Sanderson, Kati Herbert, Robert Aldington, Stephanie Hull and Gareth Johnson. London, 1984. 'Jolly Joyce' Burrows returns to the Regency Theatre to perform her one-woman show. The venue holds all manner of memories for her, and she's about to relive them. A series of visitors to her dressing room lead her to recall her long life and career, from the music hall stage and the golden age of radio, to film sets and sitcoms. So many stories, so many characters, so many voices. But what of the story that began when the laughter ended? It's time for that to be told as well... This brand-new eighty-minute play is a bittersweet love-letter to stories and those who tell them, and is the first production at the Limelight Theatre following its closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Funny Voices' is produced by QPAC's in-house production company Unbound Theatre. Click here to find out more about them.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Acoustic Strawbs

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

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Ben White & Tom Lucas

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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Keith Thompson Band

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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Live Theatre

Murder Around the Clock

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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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Peter Pan - Christmas in Neverland

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 Second star on the right and straight on 'til morning - Queens Park Arts Centre's 40th Anniversary pantomime is headed on its most magical adventure yet Some years have passed since Wendy Darling and her brothers said goodbye to Peter Pan. Now he's back. Magic is disappearing from Neverland. Peter needs Wendy's help - but neither of them is quite the person the other remembers. Only Christmas itself can restore the magic, but is it already too late? Alongside a cast of pratfalling pirates, lively Lost Boys and wonderful Wild Girls, Peter and Wendy embark on a magical adventure - but a terrifying foe lurks in the shadows. The barriers between Neverland and Nowhereland are crumbling. A ghost from Peter and Wendy's past is about to return... 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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Purple Zeppelin

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!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Ray Coates

Join Ray Coates for an evening of uplifting, empowering and inspirational music. Introducing the launch of Ray's album ‘Garden of Life’. 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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Skamungas

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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Steve Knightley

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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Voodoo Room

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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