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Live Music

"Mr" Paul Adams (21 Jun)

Friday 21 June 8PM Get ready for a musical journey with Aylesbury's very own country outlaw, "Mr" Paul Adams, as he takes the stage with his band, The Local Heroes! 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 and The Local Heroes live in action, as they bring 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

'Aliens Do Exist' (1-3 Mar)

A new one-act play by Micky Scott Jess has been born into a world that is not built for her. She must navigate life whilst feeling completely alien to everyone around her. After being introduced to the idea that she may be autistic by her therapist, Jess begins the journey of understanding, letting go and facing the trauma caused by hiding behind the mask she has created to appear ‘normal’. This funny and heartwarming new play is the first winner of the '3-2-1 Writing Commission', funded by the Rothschild Foundation as part of a three-year grant to support Unbound's development as a QPAC project. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Fri 1 Mar - 7.30pm (featuring BSL interpretation by Marie Biswell) Sat 2 Mar - 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 3 Mar - 2.30pm (Relaxed Performance) CAST Hannah Pople - Jess Michael J Hutchinson - Tommy / Various Erika Sanderson - Sue / Various CREW Micky Scott - Writer Dario Knight - Director Julia Aldersea Smith - Stage Manager

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

'Elizabeth Fry - The Angel of Prisons' (at Friends Meeting House)

Three prisoners have a story to tell. It’s the story of Elizabeth Fry and how she changed prisons forever. But this is not a history lesson. You’ll hear both contemporary and historical language. You’ll see both modern-day and period mashup costumes. Because the question remains the same today as it did in Elizabeth Fry’s time: does prison actually work? This script-in-hand reading will be performed in the Friends Meeting House in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and will be followed by a Q+A with the cast and crew. Produced in partnership with Queens Park Arts Centre’s Unbound Theatre. The performance is ‘pay what you can’. As the capacity of the meeting house is limited, places must be reserved in advance. VENUE Friends Meeting House 9 Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 2RT PLEASE NOTE There is no visitor parking available on site. There are various pay-and-display car parks within a few minutes' walk: https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/aylesbury/ Only a short walk from both Aylesbury Tain Station and Aylesbury Bus Station

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue External Events

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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 Music

Alchemy Live (16 Mar)

Alchemy Live bring to life the classic era of Dire Straits from the early 80s, playing all the hits including Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing, Tunnel of Love, Brothers In Arms and many more. This show isn't about dressing up in 80s clothes, nor is it a lookalike competition, Alchemy Live are all about faithfully recreating the sound & feel of the music, each song is a re-enactment of a specific performance by the original band. As the name suggests, many of the song versions are taken from the multi platinum selling double live album "Alchemy Live", generally recognised to be one of the best live albums ever recorded. The band also revisit other legendary Dire Straits performances such as Live Aid in 1985 and their final tour in 1992 as featured on the final live album "On the Night" recorded at Arena of Nimes, France. www.alchemylive.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (8 Mar, 5 Apr, 10 May, 14 Jun)

A brand new regular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 8 MARCH (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) DIANE SPENCER LOUISE ATKINSON STELLA GRAHAM * FRIDAY 5 APRIL (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) PAUL PIRIE LJ DA FUNK NICK BYARD * FRIDAY 10 MAY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) TONY LAW RUSSELL ARATHOON ALEX MILNER * FRIDAY 14 JUNE (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) MATT STELLINGWERF KATHRYN MATHER FRED FERENCZI * PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre

How To Tell Great Stories (26 Apr)

A special evening exploring the creative and cultural achievements and impact of our award-winning storytelling company Unbound. As the project celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2024, this event aims to look at how Unbound has developed as a powerhouse of storytelling in the last decade, and examine where it sits within the cultural landscape of Buckinghamshire as part of Queens Park Arts Centre’s ever-expanding programme. Unbound’s creative producer Dario Knight will present a keynote talk, which will recount the project’s origins, tell some of the behind-the-scenes stories from various landmark productions, explore the impact of Queens Park Arts Centre as a home and champion for cultural projects, and discuss what lessons can been learned about local creativity and culture through Unbound’s work in the last decade. There will also be a chance to meet some of the volunteers and industry professionals who’ve contributed to Unbound’s continued success, and share your thoughts about the future of cultural activities in the county.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

I Am The Bomb (19 Apr)

Experience the volatile fusion of absurdity and autobiography in I Am the Bomb.  Join Lewis on his journey through the depths of depression and the disorienting haze of psychosis.  Watch as the veil is lifted on his clandestine ten-year romance with Harry, now teetering on the edge of collapse.  Amidst this tumultuous backdrop, the shocking discovery of a WWII bomb near his London flat sets the stage for an incendiary climax. Merging the conventional with the absurd, this play is a daring and experimental theatrical experience that delves into the complexities of queer love, the fear of losing your mind, and the dangers of explosive secrets.  "This work is an authentic honest light shining bright, exploding through a painful neurological and queer barricade." Bryony Kimmings

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

John Hackett Band (20 Apr)

John Hackett has been a much-loved and admired figure in the progressive rock scene since the mid-70’s; best-known for his flute work with his brother, former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett on albums such as Voyage of The Acolyte, Sketches of Satie and Please Don’t Touch. ‘Progressive’ music in our sense of the word is based on rock-solid song-writing coupled with hot jazz drumming, melodic, funky bass, outstanding guitar in the form of Nick Fletcher (often compared to the late great jazz-fusion maestro Allan Holdsworth), and John Hackett himself – whose flute playing has graced so many albums and travels with such ease between classical, folk and rock. Drawing on songs from John’s solo albums Checking Out of London and Another Life, the evening also features material from the band's debut, We Are Not Alone, the Hackett/Fletcher album Beyond the Stars and tunes for JHB's new released Autumn 2023 John Hackett - vocals, flute, keyboard Nick Fletcher - lead guitar Duncan Parsons - drums, vocals Jeremy Richardson - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Man the Lifeboats (9 Mar)

Saturday 9 March 8pm Man the Lifeboats first played the Limelight in 2019 – a memorable Rotary Rocks charity fundraiser gig. Four years on the band has gone from strength to strength – full throttle alternative folk, and playing original material. Man The Lifeboats began life in a shanty-punk folk moshpit one night in 2016 when Skinny Lister and Holy Moly & the Crackers lit the fire. Fast forward seven years and 100 gigs and counting and Man The Lifeboats are an established band ploughing their furrow on the festival circuit, winning over audiences at Warwick, Swanage, Beardy Folk, Folk in a Field, Bearded Theory, Deepdale, Ragged Bear and more, drawing comparisons to Bellowhead, Waterboys, Oysterband, the Levellers, and those folk-punk heroes the Pogues. Their second album Soul Of Albion hit number 27 in the Official Folk Charts in 2022. Recorded at Rockfield Studios, it sounds like Led Zeppelin arm-wrestling Shane McGowan in a Birmingham brewery, like Jimbob and Fruitbat fronting Fairport Convention, like The Albion Band turned up to 11 with their fiddles on fire. Expect a musical cocktail of high-octane swirling punk-folk and dark rumination. Tonic for these troubled times. All proceeds from this event to Buckinghamshire Mind. Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds https://en-gb.facebook.com/AylesburyHundredsRotary https://www.aylesbury100srotary.co.uk Man the Lifeboats https://www.manthelifeboats.com Buckinghamshire Mind https://www.bucksmind.org.uk/

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder Steams Ahead (22 & 23 Mar)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1936 there is a lot of activity in a particular railway station waiting room. Station master Tom Field tries to keep everything in order but is persuaded to allow fundraising stalls for orphans to be set up. Add in a regular train spotter, the daughter of the local manor house, a visitor with a murky past and before long a murder is committed. What luck that the police were on the train that’s just arrived, to be able to solve this terrible crime. At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as teams at their table to make their first guess as to who the murderer is. At the end of act two, there’s a final chance to guess ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the evening is to sit back and enjoy a full-length play, without mixing with the cast or asking any questions. 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, 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 - graba 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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (3 May)

OTWAY AND BARRETT present their Half A Sentry Tour – the extra bonus shows for 2024 !! The main tour in 2023 was a great success. And John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett are still talking to each other so they have agreed to present a few more shows around the country during 2024. This magnetic bond still holds after more than 50 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) 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. Earlier this year John celebrated his 5,000th gig to a packed house at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. And if that’s not enough, we are now talking about DOCTOR JOHN – an Honorary PhD in Music by Oxford Brookes University.? “I’m really thrilled to be awarded this totally unexpected honour, especially as I failed all my A levels as I decided to concentrate on preparing for my burgeoning career as a rock star. To get this from Oxford Brookes 50 years later shows I did the right thing.” 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 Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Regency Theatre Trilogy 1 - 'Funny Voices' (8, 9, 14 Apr)

The Regency Theatre Trilogy Unbound Theatre present a revival of this acclaimed trilogy of one-act plays by Dario Knight, performed across a single week. This is the first play in the series - don't miss 'Retreat' and 'When You're Ready'. Each play runs for two evenings, before the full trilogy is performed across a single day on Sunday 14 April. PLAY ONE - 'FUNNY VOICES' (THE ACTOR'S TALE) Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April, 8pm Sunday 14 April, 2pm 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... Written and Directed by Dario Knight Starring Erika Sanderson, Kati Herbert, Stephen J Davies, Stephanie Hull & Gareth Johnson

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Regency Theatre Trilogy 2 - 'Retreat' (10, 11, 14 Apr)

The Regency Theatre Trilogy Unbound Theatre present a revival of this acclaimed trilogy of one-act plays by Dario Knight, performed across a single week. This is the second play in the series - don't miss 'Funny Voices' and 'When You're Ready'. Each play runs for two evenings, before the full trilogy is performed across a single day on Sunday 14 April. PLAY TWO - 'RETREAT' (THE WRITER'S TALE) Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April, 8pm Sunday 14 April, 5pm London, 2004. Jenny Miller is on a writing retreat. She's got an idea for a new project, but needs to find the right way of diggit it up. Still hurting for the break up of a successful writing partnership, Jenny finds herself confronting her life and career, as her instincts as a writer begin to run away from her. Because sometimes, opening up your imagination lets out far more than you intended... Written by Dario Knight Directed by Andrew Faber Starring Amber Kendrick, Filipa Garrido, Hannah Rogers, Jac Knight, and Andrew Shaw

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Regency Theatre Trilogy 3 - 'When You're Ready' (12, 13, 14 Apr)

The Regency Theatre Trilogy Unbound Theatre present a revival of this acclaimed trilogy of one-act plays by Dario Knight, performed across a single week. This is the third play in the series - don't miss 'Funny Voices' and 'Retreat'. Each play runs for two evenings, before the full trilogy is performed across a single day on Sunday 14 April. PLAY THREE - 'WHEN YOU'RE READY' (THE DIRECTOR'S TALE) Friday 12 & Saturday 13 April, 8pm Sunday 14 April, 8pm London, 2024. Claire Jameson is directing a revival of lttle-known musical 'Jolly Joyce', and rehearsals aren't going well. The actors are mixing work and pleasure; the stage manager's not happy with the venue; and a surprise guest in the rehearsal room stirs up some unwelcome history. Claire is known as a formidable director, but there are some scenes you can't command your way out of, and this particular production is firty years in the making... Written and Directed by Dario Knight Associate Director - Andrew Faber Starring Joanne Rothery, Sandie King, Micky Scott, Emily Pugh, and Patrick Cline

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 Atomic Prune

Fri 29 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 Book of Genesis (18 May)

The Book of Genesis are the UK's foremost Genesis early era tribute band. With a spectacular costume and light show the band faithfully re-create the atmosphere of a Gabriel/Hackett show. Close, no open your eyes and you'll think you are back in the late 70's watching the real band. Featuring classics like Suppers Ready, Return Of The Giant Hogweed, Watcher Of The Skies, and many others. A must see show for any Genesis fan. www.thebookofgenesis.co.uk

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

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 (21 Jun)

Friday 21 June 8PM Get ready for a musical journey with Aylesbury's very own country outlaw, "Mr" Paul Adams, as he takes the stage with his band, The Local Heroes! 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 and The Local Heroes live in action, as they bring 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

'Aliens Do Exist' (1-3 Mar)

A new one-act play by Micky Scott Jess has been born into a world that is not built for her. She must navigate life whilst feeling completely alien to everyone around her. After being introduced to the idea that she may be autistic by her therapist, Jess begins the journey of understanding, letting go and facing the trauma caused by hiding behind the mask she has created to appear ‘normal’. This funny and heartwarming new play is the first winner of the '3-2-1 Writing Commission', funded by the Rothschild Foundation as part of a three-year grant to support Unbound's development as a QPAC project. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Fri 1 Mar - 7.30pm (featuring BSL interpretation by Marie Biswell) Sat 2 Mar - 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 3 Mar - 2.30pm (Relaxed Performance) CAST Hannah Pople - Jess Michael J Hutchinson - Tommy / Various Erika Sanderson - Sue / Various CREW Micky Scott - Writer Dario Knight - Director Julia Aldersea Smith - Stage Manager

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

'Elizabeth Fry - The Angel of Prisons' (at Friends Meeting House)

Three prisoners have a story to tell. It’s the story of Elizabeth Fry and how she changed prisons forever. But this is not a history lesson. You’ll hear both contemporary and historical language. You’ll see both modern-day and period mashup costumes. Because the question remains the same today as it did in Elizabeth Fry’s time: does prison actually work? This script-in-hand reading will be performed in the Friends Meeting House in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and will be followed by a Q+A with the cast and crew. Produced in partnership with Queens Park Arts Centre’s Unbound Theatre. The performance is ‘pay what you can’. As the capacity of the meeting house is limited, places must be reserved in advance. VENUE Friends Meeting House 9 Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 2RT PLEASE NOTE There is no visitor parking available on site. There are various pay-and-display car parks within a few minutes' walk: https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/aylesbury/ Only a short walk from both Aylesbury Tain Station and Aylesbury Bus Station

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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 Music

Alchemy Live (16 Mar)

Alchemy Live bring to life the classic era of Dire Straits from the early 80s, playing all the hits including Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing, Tunnel of Love, Brothers In Arms and many more. This show isn't about dressing up in 80s clothes, nor is it a lookalike competition, Alchemy Live are all about faithfully recreating the sound & feel of the music, each song is a re-enactment of a specific performance by the original band. As the name suggests, many of the song versions are taken from the multi platinum selling double live album "Alchemy Live", generally recognised to be one of the best live albums ever recorded. The band also revisit other legendary Dire Straits performances such as Live Aid in 1985 and their final tour in 1992 as featured on the final live album "On the Night" recorded at Arena of Nimes, France. www.alchemylive.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (8 Mar, 5 Apr, 10 May, 14 Jun)

A brand new regular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 8 MARCH (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) DIANE SPENCER LOUISE ATKINSON STELLA GRAHAM * FRIDAY 5 APRIL (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) PAUL PIRIE LJ DA FUNK NICK BYARD * FRIDAY 10 MAY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) TONY LAW RUSSELL ARATHOON ALEX MILNER * FRIDAY 14 JUNE (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) MATT STELLINGWERF KATHRYN MATHER FRED FERENCZI * PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre

How To Tell Great Stories (26 Apr)

A special evening exploring the creative and cultural achievements and impact of our award-winning storytelling company Unbound. As the project celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2024, this event aims to look at how Unbound has developed as a powerhouse of storytelling in the last decade, and examine where it sits within the cultural landscape of Buckinghamshire as part of Queens Park Arts Centre’s ever-expanding programme. Unbound’s creative producer Dario Knight will present a keynote talk, which will recount the project’s origins, tell some of the behind-the-scenes stories from various landmark productions, explore the impact of Queens Park Arts Centre as a home and champion for cultural projects, and discuss what lessons can been learned about local creativity and culture through Unbound’s work in the last decade. There will also be a chance to meet some of the volunteers and industry professionals who’ve contributed to Unbound’s continued success, and share your thoughts about the future of cultural activities in the county.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

I Am The Bomb (19 Apr)

Experience the volatile fusion of absurdity and autobiography in I Am the Bomb.  Join Lewis on his journey through the depths of depression and the disorienting haze of psychosis.  Watch as the veil is lifted on his clandestine ten-year romance with Harry, now teetering on the edge of collapse.  Amidst this tumultuous backdrop, the shocking discovery of a WWII bomb near his London flat sets the stage for an incendiary climax. Merging the conventional with the absurd, this play is a daring and experimental theatrical experience that delves into the complexities of queer love, the fear of losing your mind, and the dangers of explosive secrets.  "This work is an authentic honest light shining bright, exploding through a painful neurological and queer barricade." Bryony Kimmings

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

John Hackett Band (20 Apr)

John Hackett has been a much-loved and admired figure in the progressive rock scene since the mid-70’s; best-known for his flute work with his brother, former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett on albums such as Voyage of The Acolyte, Sketches of Satie and Please Don’t Touch. ‘Progressive’ music in our sense of the word is based on rock-solid song-writing coupled with hot jazz drumming, melodic, funky bass, outstanding guitar in the form of Nick Fletcher (often compared to the late great jazz-fusion maestro Allan Holdsworth), and John Hackett himself – whose flute playing has graced so many albums and travels with such ease between classical, folk and rock. Drawing on songs from John’s solo albums Checking Out of London and Another Life, the evening also features material from the band's debut, We Are Not Alone, the Hackett/Fletcher album Beyond the Stars and tunes for JHB's new released Autumn 2023 John Hackett - vocals, flute, keyboard Nick Fletcher - lead guitar Duncan Parsons - drums, vocals Jeremy Richardson - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Man the Lifeboats (9 Mar)

Saturday 9 March 8pm Man the Lifeboats first played the Limelight in 2019 – a memorable Rotary Rocks charity fundraiser gig. Four years on the band has gone from strength to strength – full throttle alternative folk, and playing original material. Man The Lifeboats began life in a shanty-punk folk moshpit one night in 2016 when Skinny Lister and Holy Moly & the Crackers lit the fire. Fast forward seven years and 100 gigs and counting and Man The Lifeboats are an established band ploughing their furrow on the festival circuit, winning over audiences at Warwick, Swanage, Beardy Folk, Folk in a Field, Bearded Theory, Deepdale, Ragged Bear and more, drawing comparisons to Bellowhead, Waterboys, Oysterband, the Levellers, and those folk-punk heroes the Pogues. Their second album Soul Of Albion hit number 27 in the Official Folk Charts in 2022. Recorded at Rockfield Studios, it sounds like Led Zeppelin arm-wrestling Shane McGowan in a Birmingham brewery, like Jimbob and Fruitbat fronting Fairport Convention, like The Albion Band turned up to 11 with their fiddles on fire. Expect a musical cocktail of high-octane swirling punk-folk and dark rumination. Tonic for these troubled times. All proceeds from this event to Buckinghamshire Mind. Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds https://en-gb.facebook.com/AylesburyHundredsRotary https://www.aylesbury100srotary.co.uk Man the Lifeboats https://www.manthelifeboats.com Buckinghamshire Mind https://www.bucksmind.org.uk/

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder Steams Ahead (22 & 23 Mar)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1936 there is a lot of activity in a particular railway station waiting room. Station master Tom Field tries to keep everything in order but is persuaded to allow fundraising stalls for orphans to be set up. Add in a regular train spotter, the daughter of the local manor house, a visitor with a murky past and before long a murder is committed. What luck that the police were on the train that’s just arrived, to be able to solve this terrible crime. At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as teams at their table to make their first guess as to who the murderer is. At the end of act two, there’s a final chance to guess ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the evening is to sit back and enjoy a full-length play, without mixing with the cast or asking any questions. 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, 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 - graba 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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (3 May)

OTWAY AND BARRETT present their Half A Sentry Tour – the extra bonus shows for 2024 !! The main tour in 2023 was a great success. And John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett are still talking to each other so they have agreed to present a few more shows around the country during 2024. This magnetic bond still holds after more than 50 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) 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. Earlier this year John celebrated his 5,000th gig to a packed house at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. And if that’s not enough, we are now talking about DOCTOR JOHN – an Honorary PhD in Music by Oxford Brookes University.? “I’m really thrilled to be awarded this totally unexpected honour, especially as I failed all my A levels as I decided to concentrate on preparing for my burgeoning career as a rock star. To get this from Oxford Brookes 50 years later shows I did the right thing.” 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 Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Regency Theatre Trilogy 1 - 'Funny Voices' (8, 9, 14 Apr)

The Regency Theatre Trilogy Unbound Theatre present a revival of this acclaimed trilogy of one-act plays by Dario Knight, performed across a single week. This is the first play in the series - don't miss 'Retreat' and 'When You're Ready'. Each play runs for two evenings, before the full trilogy is performed across a single day on Sunday 14 April. PLAY ONE - 'FUNNY VOICES' (THE ACTOR'S TALE) Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April, 8pm Sunday 14 April, 2pm 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... Written and Directed by Dario Knight Starring Erika Sanderson, Kati Herbert, Stephen J Davies, Stephanie Hull & Gareth Johnson

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Regency Theatre Trilogy 2 - 'Retreat' (10, 11, 14 Apr)

The Regency Theatre Trilogy Unbound Theatre present a revival of this acclaimed trilogy of one-act plays by Dario Knight, performed across a single week. This is the second play in the series - don't miss 'Funny Voices' and 'When You're Ready'. Each play runs for two evenings, before the full trilogy is performed across a single day on Sunday 14 April. PLAY TWO - 'RETREAT' (THE WRITER'S TALE) Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April, 8pm Sunday 14 April, 5pm London, 2004. Jenny Miller is on a writing retreat. She's got an idea for a new project, but needs to find the right way of diggit it up. Still hurting for the break up of a successful writing partnership, Jenny finds herself confronting her life and career, as her instincts as a writer begin to run away from her. Because sometimes, opening up your imagination lets out far more than you intended... Written by Dario Knight Directed by Andrew Faber Starring Amber Kendrick, Filipa Garrido, Hannah Rogers, Jac Knight, and Andrew Shaw

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

Regency Theatre Trilogy 3 - 'When You're Ready' (12, 13, 14 Apr)

The Regency Theatre Trilogy Unbound Theatre present a revival of this acclaimed trilogy of one-act plays by Dario Knight, performed across a single week. This is the third play in the series - don't miss 'Funny Voices' and 'Retreat'. Each play runs for two evenings, before the full trilogy is performed across a single day on Sunday 14 April. PLAY THREE - 'WHEN YOU'RE READY' (THE DIRECTOR'S TALE) Friday 12 & Saturday 13 April, 8pm Sunday 14 April, 8pm London, 2024. Claire Jameson is directing a revival of lttle-known musical 'Jolly Joyce', and rehearsals aren't going well. The actors are mixing work and pleasure; the stage manager's not happy with the venue; and a surprise guest in the rehearsal room stirs up some unwelcome history. Claire is known as a formidable director, but there are some scenes you can't command your way out of, and this particular production is firty years in the making... Written and Directed by Dario Knight Associate Director - Andrew Faber Starring Joanne Rothery, Sandie King, Micky Scott, Emily Pugh, and Patrick Cline

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 Atomic Prune

Fri 29 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 Book of Genesis (18 May)

The Book of Genesis are the UK's foremost Genesis early era tribute band. With a spectacular costume and light show the band faithfully re-create the atmosphere of a Gabriel/Hackett show. Close, no open your eyes and you'll think you are back in the late 70's watching the real band. Featuring classics like Suppers Ready, Return Of The Giant Hogweed, Watcher Of The Skies, and many others. A must see show for any Genesis fan. www.thebookofgenesis.co.uk

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

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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