Partner Activities

Partner Activities

QPAC works alongside several partner artists and organisations to offer a wide variety of activities alongside our own programme.

Image © SDSD School of Dance & Stage Development

Click links below for details

BSL BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE LEVEL 1 COURSE


Tuesdays during term time
7pm-9pm – £10 per session

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn British Sign Language with Marie Biswell from Hand Talking.

Marie is an experienced interpreter, who has appeared at local events such as Parklife Weekend, and projects including our very own pantomime!

For more information, email Marie via handtalkingbsl@gmail.com

BUCKS ADULT LEARNING – WOODWORK FOR BEGINNERS & IMPROVERS


10-week course (from 15 Jan 2024): 7pm-9pm

This course is for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis.

The tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace.

For more information – and to book your place – visit the Bucks Adult Learning website.

JIGSAW THEATRE COMPANY


Tuesdays during term time
1pm-3.30pm

Jigsaw is a theatre company founded by disabled people for disabled people.

Actors can dance, mime, write, direct and tell jokes as well as act with the company. Other opportunities include creating costumes, scenery, music, lights and sound.

Jigsaw also runs acting, dance and voice workshops for its actors and others, as well as workshop leader training.

Jigsaw offers disabled people the chance to work with others, discover and learn more about what they can do and what they might like to do more of.

Email info@jigsawtheatre.org.uk or Tel: 07866037708 for more details.

MONDAY LIFE DRAWING GROUP


Mondays during term time, 10am-2pm

Work from a life model to create paintings and drawings. All welcome.

Please bring your own materials to the class – most materials can be bought from the Queens Park Arts Centre shop at reception.

For more information and to book your place, email a.glynnejones@outlook.com

MUSICAL THEATRE CHOIR


Wednesdays during term time
7.30pm-9pm – £5.50 per session

Musical Theatre Choir – Aylesbury (MTC) is an exciting new choir rehearsing on a weekly basis. Founded in September 2015 by musical director Ashley Turner, MTC focusses on singing pieces from a wide range of musical theatre. MTC has an open to all policy, welcoming members from all backgrounds and ages, 16 and above. You do not need to audition.

At MTC – Aylesbury you can expect to explore a wide variety of musical theatre songs, learning the correct singing technique to support and release your full potential. Ashley founded the choir to share his passion and expertise of musical theatre, exploring old and new, well and less known songs in a relaxed environment, to celebrate a fantastic, interesting and intriguing art form.

To book, contact  musicaltheatrechoir@gmail.com

RELATIONAL IMPROVISATION: AUTHENTIC CONNECTION IN PERFORMANCE


Wednesdays during term time
7pm-9pm – First visit FREE, then £12.50 per session

Interested in developing emotional intuition for deeper relationships on and off stage?

What is Relational Improvisation?
Combining improv with actor training Viewpoints and Meisner Technique, this workshop delves into authentic, emotionally-driven performances. Perfect for all levels, the focus is on playing from the heart rather than relying on quick wit. Improvisation/Improv is unscripted theatre.

Workshop Highlights:
– Exercises and Scenes: Enhance awareness of physical presence, emotional dynamics, and connections with others.
– For Actors: Improve listening skills, tune into subtext, and foster spontaneity and emotional connection.
– For Everyone: Engage in self-discovery, empathy, and freedom of expression.
– Support: Cultivates emotional expression with focused guidance and supportive feedback.

Benefits:
– Build confidence and reduce performance anxiety
– Focus on spontaneity and adaptability
– Enhance non-verbal behaviour awareness
– Practice emotional connection and vulnerability
– Discover stories rather than inventing them
– Improve relationship communication

Meet the Teacher:
Matt Sparkes has a rich background in Improvisation, Viewpoints, and Meisner Technique, blending these methods to benefit both beginners and experienced actors. With extensive training in the performing arts and a BSc in Psychology, Matt offers a unique approach that fosters personal and professional growth.

Testimonials:
“An experienced and committed practitioner, in his element.” Sam
“Hugely enjoyable! Matt is amazing at running the sessions! Gemma
“The workshop offered a supportive atmosphere for emotional exploration in improv” Matt


No booking needed-just show up!
*Please contact Matt if you have any questions
mtt.sprks@gmail.com
07506011523

SDSD


SDSD is one of Aylesbury’s longest running, biggest and most successful dance schools.  

Offering exciting performance opportunities, over 50 classes to choose from (including ballet, tap, modern, and musical theatre), and 100% pass rate in exams, it is the place to dance in Aylesbury.  

Taught by Highly qualified and inspirational teachers, in SDSD’s purpose built studio at QPAC, children receive the best possible training to ensure they reach their full potential to an extremely high standard.

Discover more about SDSD by visiting their website.

SING YOUR PAIN AWAY


Group singing for well-being, health and fun!

Are you in need of some ‘Me-Time’? What better way to make some time for your own wellbeing in 2024 than with some happy, relaxed singing! Singing is good for us!

Group singing has been proven to lift mood, reduce stress & anxiety, reduce pain, increase immunity and improve respiratory function, but most of all, IT’S FUN!

Our singing group is super friendly, completely inclusive, and there is absolutely no pressure or judgement. It is open to everyone regardless of singing ability. We welcome people with long-term health conditions, those going through an emotionally tough time, carers who need some respite and anyone who feels in need of some relaxed singing and laughter.

We sing uplifting and happy songs from the shows, songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, spirituals, funny songs, the odd new song and more! It’s a great way to meet other local people and enjoy some relaxed singing, laughter and fun. There are no performances, no pressure, just lots of happy singing for wellbeing, health and fun.

Our new Sing Your Pain Away course starts on Friday 12 January 11.30am – 12.30pm.  
£6.80 per session, pay as you go. Limited number of free places available to those who need them, please contact us for more info.

For more information, please email Jane Gatfield on jane@singyourpainaway.co.uk
Book onto group sessions here

This project received funding from the Thriving Communities Fund, a grants scheme for community projects run by Fairhive. If you would like more information about the grants available with Fairhive, please call the Grants Officer, on 01296 732600.

With thanks also to Aylesbury Community Board for grants towards this project.

SPACE COLOURING GROUP


Wednesdays during term time
2pm-3.30pm – Free to attend

These times can be difficult and even traumatic, but organizations like Space Aylesbury can offer you support. They support people who are going through relationship difficulties, depression, bereavement, unemployment, mental health problems, loneliness, or any combination of these issues.

This weekly drop-in colouring group is open to anyone who wants to enjoy a peaceful and sociable afternoon doing something creative.

For more information, visit Space’s website

SPORT IN MIND – YOGA & TAI CHI CLASSES FOR MENTAL WELLBEING


YOGA CLASSES

Tuesdays during term time
Session times:
11am – 12pm – Yoga – Free to attend
12.15pm – 1.15pm – Yoga – Free to attend

Fun, casual drop-in yoga sessions for people experiencing mental health problems. All abilities welcome!

To attend – all you have to do is register with Sport In Mind.
For more information, visit Sport in Mind’s website


TAI CHI CLASSES

Wednesdays during term time
Session times:
10.30am – 11.30am – Tai Chi – Free to attend
11.30am – 12.30pm – Tai Chi – Free to attend

A fun, casual, drop-in Tai Chi class for people experiencing mental health problems.

No experience or special equipment needed, just bring yourself. Everyone welcome!
To attend – all you have to do is register with Sport In Mind.

For more information, visit Sport in Mind’s website

WOODCARVING WITH JEREMY TURNER

Mondays during term time:
Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
Session 2: 1.00pm-3.30pm

“I have been making and carving things in wood since the 1970s and have been hosting the Monday Woodcarvers at QPAC since 2015. With the assistance of several former Monday Woodcarvers I recently completed the Three Post Seat, which is now installed on the bank of the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes, as part of the Gyosei Art Trail.”

“As your tutor I aim to bring out your creativity by inspiring confidence with carving techniques and skill with carving gouge and mallet. I welcome people with no previous experience of working with wood as well as those who want to improve their skills; and also artists and sculptors who wish to extend their practice into a new material. You can work at your own speed on your own personal projects.”

“While I supply the tools and wood for your first session, you may of course bring your own tools and wood.”

To book a session, please contact jeremy.turner155@btinternet.com

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