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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' (15-16 July)

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning… This production will also be heading out on tour - check back for details soon!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Pygmalion' Rehearsed Reading (19 Mar)

Bernard Shaw's classic play is brought to life in a very special rehearsed reading. With the production stripped back to just the actors and script, this is a chance to shed new light on an iconic play, which charts Eliza Dolittle's encounters with Henry Higgins as he sets out to ready her for London high society. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Band Called Malice (4 June)

Come and seee the band live to witness a show which will take you back to the late seventies and early eighties when The Jam played as one of the most iconic and influential bands in music history. If you like The Jam then you will love A Band Called Malice and are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening for all the right reasons! In 2017, A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band. A band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up. Finding musicians to do this was not an easy task as the people in the band had to be of exceptional standard, able to sing, able to commit, love The Jam, and of course be fit and agile enough to reproduce the live performance of Weller, Foxton and Buckler. Andy turned to Jo Adams from Their Music Rocks, a promotional agency, and together they searched fior the right band members and, after a year of auditions and rehearsals, they finally settled on the superb line up to make up A Band Called Malice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Catfish (19 Feb)

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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Live Music

Cwtsh (5 March)

Cwtsh are an Aylesbury-based blues band whose sound is a mix of covers which keep to the wonderful traditions of the music, but also plenty of original material. Whilst paying homage to all the old masters, we can't forget our enthusiasm for modern sounds, emotions and ideas. Strong influences include B.B King, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Free and Muddy Waters - but the list could go on all day.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Del Bromham's Blues Devils (23 July)

Del Bromham is a founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the legendary rock band Stray, but also has his own blues band - Del Bromham’s Blues Devils. Del released a critically-acclaimed solo blues album ‘The Devil’s Highway’ followed by going on the "Blues To Die For" tour with Mountain's Leslie West. Subsequently, Del formed the Blues Devils to continue his journey in the blues. In September 2012, Del received a ‘Lifetime Achievement In Music’ award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free). Del Bromham's Blues Devils is driving blues played with real musicianship and flair. You can expect songs from his latest acclaimed 'White Feather' CD as well as songs from his back catalogue and Del, as always, will have a few stories to tell. "This singer/guitarist has produced an excellent blues album, ranging from acoustic to full electric blues. The vocals suit the music, and the guitar features some great slide. Solo notes burst out from the rhythm at just the right moments...." 'Get Ready to Rock ' website. Del Bromham was born in East Acton, West London and made his first public performance when he was 13 years old. At 15 he formed his own band Stray and he has been an ever present member to this day. Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band-members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list! Del Bromham still has his Stray rock band but now equally important is his Blues Devil's band where he excels taking his blues roots to new levels.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

John Otway Band (12 March)

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery. In 2016, Otway announced that he was planning to record a new album. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat – the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Malone Sibun Band (22 Jan 2022)

The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun for a handful of warm up dates for a new band with familiar faces. Marcus Malone has just enjoyed the most successful year of his career. His critically acclaimed album 'A Better Man' on Redline records has topped several 'best of the year' polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards. Innes Sibun was barely in his 20's when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant's 'Fate of Nations' world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe. He's an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from rock and blues into jazz and funk. Together the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Malone's soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun's high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel. It's an exciting musical partnership born of the same musical influences, but one that offers them a broader canvas than before.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder Around the Clock (1-2 April 2022)

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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Music

Musical Theatre Showcase (4 March)

‘Through the Years’ is a showcase of songs from musicals from across the decades, performed by our in-house storytelling company Unbound. Featuring a talented cast, this special event is a must-see for fans of musical theatre, and features songs from musicals including West Side Story, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and a tribute to the lgendary Stephen Sondheim.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (30 Apr)

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 - graba drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot, or three songs. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (11 March)

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!. Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Purple Zeppelin (21 May)

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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Live Music

Robin Bibi Band (18 June)

Robin Bibi can only be described as a true “Legend” in his own right. When he is on stage - and off - he has a crowd eating out the palms of his hands... or should it be hanging on to every riff he plays?!. One of the great musicians performing all around the UK and Europe, audiences now have the added bonus of Robin performing with his horn section consisting of trumpet and two saxes. The addition of the Horns really beefs up the sound. The players are some of the finest in the UK, having worked with legends such as Jamiroquai, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmore, Gloria Gaynor, Bruno Mars, and Beverley Knight. Robin has worked with ace trumpeter Jack Birchwood to come up with exciting horn arrangements for the whole set . The horns feature on the album “No More A Secret” and the band are planning to record a live album soon. Photo Credit - Paul Debbelman.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Shazia Mirza (26 March)

“What have I been doing this past year? Apart from sitting on the settee in my pyjamas, squeezing my ingrowing hairs whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy? I have been staring into space, coming to the terrible realization that maybe my parents were right. I should have listened to them years ago. Why didn't I? But people keep telling me I'll be ok because I'm a strong woman. What does that mean? I survived The Island with Bear Grylls - who knew that would prepare me for what was about to come...” Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia’s latest show; ‘Coconut’, nominated for ‘Best Stand Up Tour Show’ in Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards, takes on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (12 Feb)

‘Follow me Down’ Songs from the West with Steve Knightley Steve is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised. Informed by a love of narrative and English traditional folk music, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to bring the past vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s a gift that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer. The seminal ‘Country Life’ earned him the title ‘the gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and his anti-banking rant ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ picked up the gong for ‘Best Song’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Steve has a degree in History and Politics and in 2015 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University for his services to geography and music. Steve is also Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and last year he was awarded the title of Honorary Rifleman by the 6th Battalion the Rifles Regiment. You can find out more about Steve on the Show of Hands website, at Steve's Facebook page, or on YouTube.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Stevie Watts Organ Trio (7 May)

The Stevie Watts Organ Trio are all highly-regarded session players having worked with names ranging from Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Archive to The Spice Girls. Stevie met Nat Martin when working together in singer Jo Harman’s band where they quickly bonded personally and musically. Stevie’s drummer friend Vinnie Lammi was recruited then on a Christmas gig Stevie met Alice who was then invited to write vocal parts to some tracks that Stevie had written and their debut album Mission to the Moon came together on a boat in Shoreham by Sea. The fire and energy in the sound that these three make defies the fact that they’re a trio and when Alice joins them they turn into something that no other band (with organ bass) using this format sounds like. Take outstanding players with great songs that lift your spirit, make you dance as well as cry (in a good way!), include infectious funk and rip-roaring solo’s and you have something that you would be absolutely crazy to miss! Stevie Watts is an award-winning keyboard player and one of the UK's most sought after Hammond organists who can be seen touring with great artists including renowned blues artist Danny Bryant, Connor Selby, Marcus Malone, Elles Bailey, Sari Schorr and his own Hammond soul outfit the Stevie Watts Organ Trio. Stevie is also proud to be part of the Masterlink Studio Sessions pool of players whom you can find backing some great artists on You Tube. Artists that Stevie has worked with and toured with include Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Mike Farris, Arthur Brown, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Coughlan, Roland Gift, James Maddock, Lisa Mann, Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, Archive, Terry Hall, Mylene Farmer, Bobby Whitlock, Jo Harman, Kirk Fletcher, Jack Bruce, PP Arnold, Lulu, Kiki Dee, Mica Paris, Gerry Beckley, Eli Paperboy Reed, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) and has supported bands such as Duran Duran on arena tours.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Storyteller Improv (21 Jan)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. The Unbound Storyteller convention is about to get underway. Storytellers are gathering to share their latest ripping yarns and flex their fable-weaving muscles. And best of all? It's up to you what tales they tell. This special improvisation show sees our talented cast create brand new short plays, solo stories and compete in a few light-hearted games. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

The Boodlum Band (18 Feb)

The UK's oldest boy band are back! From rock classics and pop hits to Thirties revivals and doo-wop favourites, this band crashes through different genres of music, finding unexpected humour in the best and worst of popular music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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'Hamlet' (15-16 July)

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning… This production will also be heading out on tour - check back for details soon!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Pygmalion' Rehearsed Reading (19 Mar)

Bernard Shaw's classic play is brought to life in a very special rehearsed reading. With the production stripped back to just the actors and script, this is a chance to shed new light on an iconic play, which charts Eliza Dolittle's encounters with Henry Higgins as he sets out to ready her for London high society. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Band Called Malice (4 June)

Come and seee the band live to witness a show which will take you back to the late seventies and early eighties when The Jam played as one of the most iconic and influential bands in music history. If you like The Jam then you will love A Band Called Malice and are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening for all the right reasons! In 2017, A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band. A band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up. Finding musicians to do this was not an easy task as the people in the band had to be of exceptional standard, able to sing, able to commit, love The Jam, and of course be fit and agile enough to reproduce the live performance of Weller, Foxton and Buckler. Andy turned to Jo Adams from Their Music Rocks, a promotional agency, and together they searched fior the right band members and, after a year of auditions and rehearsals, they finally settled on the superb line up to make up A Band Called Malice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Catfish (19 Feb)

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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Live Music

Cwtsh (5 March)

Cwtsh are an Aylesbury-based blues band whose sound is a mix of covers which keep to the wonderful traditions of the music, but also plenty of original material. Whilst paying homage to all the old masters, we can't forget our enthusiasm for modern sounds, emotions and ideas. Strong influences include B.B King, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Free and Muddy Waters - but the list could go on all day.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Del Bromham's Blues Devils (23 July)

Del Bromham is a founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the legendary rock band Stray, but also has his own blues band - Del Bromham’s Blues Devils. Del released a critically-acclaimed solo blues album ‘The Devil’s Highway’ followed by going on the "Blues To Die For" tour with Mountain's Leslie West. Subsequently, Del formed the Blues Devils to continue his journey in the blues. In September 2012, Del received a ‘Lifetime Achievement In Music’ award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free). Del Bromham's Blues Devils is driving blues played with real musicianship and flair. You can expect songs from his latest acclaimed 'White Feather' CD as well as songs from his back catalogue and Del, as always, will have a few stories to tell. "This singer/guitarist has produced an excellent blues album, ranging from acoustic to full electric blues. The vocals suit the music, and the guitar features some great slide. Solo notes burst out from the rhythm at just the right moments...." 'Get Ready to Rock ' website. Del Bromham was born in East Acton, West London and made his first public performance when he was 13 years old. At 15 he formed his own band Stray and he has been an ever present member to this day. Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band-members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list! Del Bromham still has his Stray rock band but now equally important is his Blues Devil's band where he excels taking his blues roots to new levels.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

John Otway Band (12 March)

John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Expect madcap mayhem and some scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better…..and be surprised at just what a showman and musician really lies underneath the tomfoolery. In 2016, Otway announced that he was planning to record a new album. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, he took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become the first international recording artist to record there since the Rolling Stones in 1989. The result was Montserrat – the first album of entirely new and original Otway material in over ten years.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Malone Sibun Band (22 Jan 2022)

The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun for a handful of warm up dates for a new band with familiar faces. Marcus Malone has just enjoyed the most successful year of his career. His critically acclaimed album 'A Better Man' on Redline records has topped several 'best of the year' polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards. Innes Sibun was barely in his 20's when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant's 'Fate of Nations' world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe. He's an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from rock and blues into jazz and funk. Together the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Malone's soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun's high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel. It's an exciting musical partnership born of the same musical influences, but one that offers them a broader canvas than before.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder Around the Clock (1-2 April 2022)

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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Music

Musical Theatre Showcase (4 March)

‘Through the Years’ is a showcase of songs from musicals from across the decades, performed by our in-house storytelling company Unbound. Featuring a talented cast, this special event is a must-see for fans of musical theatre, and features songs from musicals including West Side Story, Hamilton, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and a tribute to the lgendary Stephen Sondheim.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (30 Apr)

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 - graba drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot, or three songs. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (11 March)

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!. Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Purple Zeppelin (21 May)

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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Live Music

Robin Bibi Band (18 June)

Robin Bibi can only be described as a true “Legend” in his own right. When he is on stage - and off - he has a crowd eating out the palms of his hands... or should it be hanging on to every riff he plays?!. One of the great musicians performing all around the UK and Europe, audiences now have the added bonus of Robin performing with his horn section consisting of trumpet and two saxes. The addition of the Horns really beefs up the sound. The players are some of the finest in the UK, having worked with legends such as Jamiroquai, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmore, Gloria Gaynor, Bruno Mars, and Beverley Knight. Robin has worked with ace trumpeter Jack Birchwood to come up with exciting horn arrangements for the whole set . The horns feature on the album “No More A Secret” and the band are planning to record a live album soon. Photo Credit - Paul Debbelman.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Shazia Mirza (26 March)

“What have I been doing this past year? Apart from sitting on the settee in my pyjamas, squeezing my ingrowing hairs whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy? I have been staring into space, coming to the terrible realization that maybe my parents were right. I should have listened to them years ago. Why didn't I? But people keep telling me I'll be ok because I'm a strong woman. What does that mean? I survived The Island with Bear Grylls - who knew that would prepare me for what was about to come...” Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia’s latest show; ‘Coconut’, nominated for ‘Best Stand Up Tour Show’ in Channel 4’s National Comedy Awards, takes on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (12 Feb)

‘Follow me Down’ Songs from the West with Steve Knightley Steve is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised. Informed by a love of narrative and English traditional folk music, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to bring the past vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s a gift that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer. The seminal ‘Country Life’ earned him the title ‘the gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and his anti-banking rant ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ picked up the gong for ‘Best Song’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Steve has a degree in History and Politics and in 2015 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University for his services to geography and music. Steve is also Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and last year he was awarded the title of Honorary Rifleman by the 6th Battalion the Rifles Regiment. You can find out more about Steve on the Show of Hands website, at Steve's Facebook page, or on YouTube.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Stevie Watts Organ Trio (7 May)

The Stevie Watts Organ Trio are all highly-regarded session players having worked with names ranging from Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Archive to The Spice Girls. Stevie met Nat Martin when working together in singer Jo Harman’s band where they quickly bonded personally and musically. Stevie’s drummer friend Vinnie Lammi was recruited then on a Christmas gig Stevie met Alice who was then invited to write vocal parts to some tracks that Stevie had written and their debut album Mission to the Moon came together on a boat in Shoreham by Sea. The fire and energy in the sound that these three make defies the fact that they’re a trio and when Alice joins them they turn into something that no other band (with organ bass) using this format sounds like. Take outstanding players with great songs that lift your spirit, make you dance as well as cry (in a good way!), include infectious funk and rip-roaring solo’s and you have something that you would be absolutely crazy to miss! Stevie Watts is an award-winning keyboard player and one of the UK's most sought after Hammond organists who can be seen touring with great artists including renowned blues artist Danny Bryant, Connor Selby, Marcus Malone, Elles Bailey, Sari Schorr and his own Hammond soul outfit the Stevie Watts Organ Trio. Stevie is also proud to be part of the Masterlink Studio Sessions pool of players whom you can find backing some great artists on You Tube. Artists that Stevie has worked with and toured with include Secret Affair, Steve Winwood, Mike Farris, Arthur Brown, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Coughlan, Roland Gift, James Maddock, Lisa Mann, Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, Archive, Terry Hall, Mylene Farmer, Bobby Whitlock, Jo Harman, Kirk Fletcher, Jack Bruce, PP Arnold, Lulu, Kiki Dee, Mica Paris, Gerry Beckley, Eli Paperboy Reed, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) and has supported bands such as Duran Duran on arena tours.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Storyteller Improv (21 Jan)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. The Unbound Storyteller convention is about to get underway. Storytellers are gathering to share their latest ripping yarns and flex their fable-weaving muscles. And best of all? It's up to you what tales they tell. This special improvisation show sees our talented cast create brand new short plays, solo stories and compete in a few light-hearted games. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

The Boodlum Band (18 Feb)

The UK's oldest boy band are back! From rock classics and pop hits to Thirties revivals and doo-wop favourites, this band crashes through different genres of music, finding unexpected humour in the best and worst of popular music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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