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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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'An Evening Without Tom Lehrer' (31 May - 1 Jun)

Join our award-winning storytelling company Unbound as they present an evening without the celebrated maths professor (and musical satirist and comic songwriter) Tom Lehrer. Featuring such classics as 'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park', 'The Masochism Tango' and 'The Elements', alongside some lesser-known Lehrer tunes, this special showcase promises to be an irreverent (and occasionally shocking) night out! Next year, Unbound will be producing a brand-new musical inspired by Tom Lehrer's comedic legacy. As part of this showcase they'll be previewing the opening scene of 'Together When We Go' - set to debut at Queens Park Arts Centre's Limelight Theatre in Spring 2025.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Richard II' (5-6 Jul)

Our award-winning storytelling company Unbound kick-start the 2024 Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival with a brand-new production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays. 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 production will also be headed across the county on tour throughout July. Tour info will be confirmed soon!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Spontaneous Stories' (15 Jun)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. This special show features the talents of our own Unbound Storytellers, alongside the brilliant AdLibretto team! The Unbound Storytellers have been enchanting audiences since 2014, having presented more than 130 different projects across stage, screen and soundwaves! In this show they'll be creating brand new tales inspired by audience suggestions, in all manner of different genres! Stories span epic adventures and intimate solo yarns, all in Unbound's own inimitable style. AdLibretto creates one-off original musicals inspired by the life and childhood dreams of a member of the audience. Created in Spring 2022, it quickly established itself as one of London’s most successful impro groups, performing 25 musicals in 2022. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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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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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (14 Jun, 12 Jul)

Our ever-popular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 14 JUNE (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) MATT STELLINGWERF KATHRYN MATHER FRED FERENCZI * FRIDAY 12 JULY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINE UP TBC PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

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

Jazz Night Jazz Jam (Monthly)

If you’re into jazz and looking for somewhere welcoming to come and play, or simply to listen, join us on the last 4th Sunday of every month! Aylesbury Music Centre has a history of fantastic music making spanning 50 years. With a formidable and long-running Big Band it has a great track record in supporting amazing young jazz talent. The house band is made up of some of the centre’s finest and keenest jazz musicians. Entry - £5 audience, £3 performers

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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Skamungas (8 Jun)

A night with the Skamungas is 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. Please note, this will be a seated gig. Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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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 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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Unbound Sketchbook - 'Knives & Fawkes' (22 Jun)

The Unbound Sketchbook return with a brand-new plethora of pages from their mighty book of comedy sketches, including an introduction to the unlikely comic double-act of Stanley Knives & Guido Fawkes... A must for any comedy and theatre fans, this is the eighth full-length show from the Unbound Sketchbook.

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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Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion (7 Jun)

Vibrant and melodic, funky rocking blues featuring Hammond-organ, drums, guitar and vocals, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess. Expect an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs and exciting grooves; they mix old school tradition with contemporary flair and sophistication. Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery and interpretive ability is complimented by the unmistakable and inimitable touch and flow of Rob Koral-guitar; together with the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Eddy John-drums they bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. They have made a considerable impact this last decade and is one of the bands that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues scene, receiving awards and nominations including finalists in the UK Blues Awards with Female Vocalist, Band, and Album of the Year, several times. “A great band. Terrific musicians all four of them” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'An Evening Without Tom Lehrer' (31 May - 1 Jun)

Join our award-winning storytelling company Unbound as they present an evening without the celebrated maths professor (and musical satirist and comic songwriter) Tom Lehrer. Featuring such classics as 'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park', 'The Masochism Tango' and 'The Elements', alongside some lesser-known Lehrer tunes, this special showcase promises to be an irreverent (and occasionally shocking) night out! Next year, Unbound will be producing a brand-new musical inspired by Tom Lehrer's comedic legacy. As part of this showcase they'll be previewing the opening scene of 'Together When We Go' - set to debut at Queens Park Arts Centre's Limelight Theatre in Spring 2025.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Richard II' (5-6 Jul)

Our award-winning storytelling company Unbound kick-start the 2024 Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival with a brand-new production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays. 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 production will also be headed across the county on tour throughout July. Tour info will be confirmed soon!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Spontaneous Stories' (15 Jun)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. This special show features the talents of our own Unbound Storytellers, alongside the brilliant AdLibretto team! The Unbound Storytellers have been enchanting audiences since 2014, having presented more than 130 different projects across stage, screen and soundwaves! In this show they'll be creating brand new tales inspired by audience suggestions, in all manner of different genres! Stories span epic adventures and intimate solo yarns, all in Unbound's own inimitable style. AdLibretto creates one-off original musicals inspired by the life and childhood dreams of a member of the audience. Created in Spring 2022, it quickly established itself as one of London’s most successful impro groups, performing 25 musicals in 2022. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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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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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (14 Jun, 12 Jul)

Our ever-popular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 14 JUNE (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) MATT STELLINGWERF KATHRYN MATHER FRED FERENCZI * FRIDAY 12 JULY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINE UP TBC PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

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

Jazz Night Jazz Jam (Monthly)

If you’re into jazz and looking for somewhere welcoming to come and play, or simply to listen, join us on the last 4th Sunday of every month! Aylesbury Music Centre has a history of fantastic music making spanning 50 years. With a formidable and long-running Big Band it has a great track record in supporting amazing young jazz talent. The house band is made up of some of the centre’s finest and keenest jazz musicians. Entry - £5 audience, £3 performers

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

Skamungas (8 Jun)

A night with the Skamungas is 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. Please note, this will be a seated gig. Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

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 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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Unbound Sketchbook - 'Knives & Fawkes' (22 Jun)

The Unbound Sketchbook return with a brand-new plethora of pages from their mighty book of comedy sketches, including an introduction to the unlikely comic double-act of Stanley Knives & Guido Fawkes... A must for any comedy and theatre fans, this is the eighth full-length show from the Unbound Sketchbook.

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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Live Music

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion (7 Jun)

Vibrant and melodic, funky rocking blues featuring Hammond-organ, drums, guitar and vocals, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess. Expect an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs and exciting grooves; they mix old school tradition with contemporary flair and sophistication. Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery and interpretive ability is complimented by the unmistakable and inimitable touch and flow of Rob Koral-guitar; together with the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Eddy John-drums they bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. They have made a considerable impact this last decade and is one of the bands that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues scene, receiving awards and nominations including finalists in the UK Blues Awards with Female Vocalist, Band, and Album of the Year, several times. “A great band. Terrific musicians all four of them” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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