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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Music

Beginners Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (12.45pm-1.45pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

Untutored class running Thursdays during term time, 1.30pm-4pm. This informal, social class gives lacemakers a chance to work independently on their own projects, whilst sharing their skills with likeminded artists and makers. Equipment needed: a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

2.5 hour untutored sessions during term time. See calendar below for dates and session start times. These weekly untutored pottery classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re a beginner looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, please book one of our tutored classes rather than these untutored sessions. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting club is open to all knitters, it is led by an expert tutor who will be able to help you with any knitting problems and assist you in the development of new knitting techniques. This inspirational knitting group is suitable for anyone with knitting skills from basic to advanced, able to bring their own knitting projects to work on during the evening. If you are a complete knitting beginner, please see our fantastic Monday evening Beginners -Improvers Knitting courses, where you can learn all the basic skills that you need to join the knitting club. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC, spaces fill up extremely quickly, if you have some experience you may wish to book onto one of our untutored classes. Click here for untutored classes. Tutored classes We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Wood Turning (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for wood turning at the lathe. If you would like to book a general woodwork session (running on the same dates / times), please click here. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are 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. During the sessions, 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. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for general woodwork only - if you would like to book a session wood turning on the lathe, (running on the same dates / times), please here. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are 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. During the sessions, 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. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from reference photographs in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (e.g. Picasso, Matisse, Fedden, Van Gogh) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Themes are set approximately every 3 weeks and you may work from your own photograph or those provided by the tutor. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Health & Wellbeing, Short Courses

Qigong – Beginners and Improvers

Weekly course running through term time. Afternoon workshops introducing students to Tai Chi Qigong. Each week you will learn different sections of this traditional Chinese practise of flowing movement and postures. Helena will introduce new variations as you go along. Qigong is beneficial for both mental and physical health, and particularly works on your flexibility and strength. Practising Taichi Qigong can also improve your circulation, balance and co-ordination and on the other hand aids mental focus, too. Moderate level of exercise, suitable both for complete beginners, as well as improvers who have done some Tai Chi or Qigong before. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena has been teaching Health Qigong since qualifying under the British Health Qigong Association in 2011. Helena also has an interest in Complementary Therapy and is an experienced Yoga teacher. As a teacher at Queens Park she runs further sessions in Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm, during term time. Click here for term dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Mindfulness yoga incorporates the practice of mindfulness within the practice and is conducive for students physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The class includes warm up, joint loosening, stretching, yoga poses, breathing practices (pranayama) meditation and relaxation. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena is a yoga teacher trained in classical Hatha yoga, and a minded yoga therapist and teen yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 mainly within NHS settings until she retired in 2015. Since her retirement, Helena has been teaching in various community settings and, for the last two years since lockdown, has been teaching her classes via Zoom. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a yoga mat with you. You may also wish to bring additional cushions for support, and/or a blanket / shawl.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-12.30pm This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Mixed Crafts

Mindfulness based Art in Health Workshop

Fridays 12.45pm - 1:45pm £6.80 / some fully funded places available for people experiencing financial hardship - please get in touch. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP New art workshops especially aimed to be supportive of mental health. This half-term, come along and make a collaged winter landscape or townscape with a wide variety of materials, paints and found objects. Your tutor will give you all the guidance you need and you can pick up a new crafty skill or two! You will be able to work on your own work among a small group, in a supportive environment. These workshops are designed for those who may be suffering from anxiety, stress, emotional distress, or chronic pain. They are open to everybody, regardless of experience or what you judge to be your ‘skill’ level in art and craft – come and get creative! This workshop runs on a Friday afternoon. You can attend as many as you like but please book ahead, as there is limited space. No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. All materials will be provided. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who focuses her work on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. Belinda has run mindfulness based art workshops since before Covid, and during the pandemic focused on art in health to promote wellbeing through containment and self-regulation, reducing anxiety and suffering. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and outcomes. Belinda works across various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Fridays (3.30-5pm) during term time. A weekly tutor-led workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers. Students ages 12+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. You tutor will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing - Mondays)

Monday sessions - 30 min glaze sessions at 4.30pm and 5.15pm Saturday sessions - 1h 30 min glaze sessions at 10am ABOUT THE SESSION Suitable for ages 7-11, and only suitable for students who have made work at the centre which has been fired once (bisque work) and is ready to glaze. Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: If booking a short, 30 minute slot, this allows enough time to glaze one large finished piece OR two to three small, simple pieces. If you have lots of pieces to fire, please book more than one session. The longer, 1 hour 30 minute slots, are for those with multiple pieces to glaze.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Tuesday and Saturday)

Tuesdays Tutored (7.15-9.30pm) and Saturdays Untutored (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Information for Tuesday 7.15pm-9.30pm Tutored class: New for 2024, this gently guided class with tutor Ayşe Kongur is ideal for all levels. Reduced price tickets are available if you have a student card or are studying at school (16+), bookable in person or by phone. Learn how to draw the human body from nude life models in the studio, every third week we will be working with a clothed model. Ayşe is a creative designer who works in the graphic and digital design fields. Life drawing is one of the focus areas in her design practice. She has been attending life drawing classes regularly at QPAC. She would like to translate her skills, and guide attendees along their own paths to understanding the human body. If you have any questions about the Tuesday evening workshop please contact Ayşe on ayse@kongur.co.uk. Information for Saturday 10am-12.30pm Untutored class: Untutored sessions are a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your process. Come and make the most of this great opportunity to work alongside others in a friendly, creative and inspiring environment! Please arrive at the start time so that you can set up your easel / drawing bench. If you are new to the studio one of the regular attendees will be happy to assist you. Workshops run in two halves with a 20 minute coffee-break in between. The first session usually has shorter poses of 5 minutes-15 minutes, and the second session has longer poses 30-60 minutes. WHAT TO BRING Easels and drawing boards are provided. Bring your own choice of materials, for example charcoal, pencil, inks or paint. The centre has an art shop (at reception) with a range of drawing and painting materials. If you are using oil paints you must bring in own mediums/brush cleaner. You will need to please use only low-odour solvents - brands such as Zest-It and Sansodour - and bring jam jars so that you can take solvent waste home with you, it must not be poured down the sink.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

Saturdays 10:30am during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Chinese for Beginners...it’s not as hard as you think! It is as easy as ABC and 123, when you know the basic tools. You'd be surprised what you can learn in only 2 hours a week. This weekly drop-in class offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language, working at a beginner level. Students will also be able to learn about calligraphy. This is a great chance for anyone with an interest in linguistics to being learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-linguist who has studied in Beijing and volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of house during performances. He's now bringing his expertise in languages to students as a tutor. WHAT TO BRING - A notepad - A pen or pencil

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Recorder Group (Weekly Class)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making - Mondays)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Bowden for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Portraiture – Drawing & Painting in Acrylics

Tuesdays 10am during term time Improve your skills in portraiture with drawing and painting in acrylics. You will be working from a mixture of photographs and live sitters, and exploring materials from charcoal to paint. Come and try our new weekly workshop that will suit all levels, beginners and improvers particularly welcome! ABOUT THE TUTOR John has been drawing and painting for 30 years with West Wycombe Art, alongside a career in kitchen design. WHAT TO BRING Basic drawing materials (charcoal and paper) will be provided, however you may need to buy further materials as you progress and John will be on hand to advise on this. If you have any queries before you come along, please contact John on johneasterling4@gmail.com.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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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

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Pottery

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

*Please note the course dates often sell out very quickly- if you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact info@queensparkarts.com Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. This class is ideal for students working at all different levels of ceramics. Whether a first-timer looking to get to grips with clay, or a more experienced potter wanting to explore new shapes and forms (e.g. bowls, bottles, plats, faceting and external decoration), our tutor is here to help! Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Pottery, Short Courses

Sculpture from the Figure (four-week course)

Four-sessions held on consecutive Saturdays, 10.00 - 12.30, 2nd - 23rd March This fantastic new short course with Belinda will provide the opportunity to create a figurative sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts and the course is fully tutored. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw School of Art, then in Figurative Sculpture at Heatherley School of Art, and Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Please bring thick plastic (eg. heavy duty waste bags) to wrap your sculpture and keep it damp to work on the following week. Other materials and clay are included, additional charges apply for glaze firing, or for attending extra QPAC sessions for hollowing out or glazing after the workshop day. Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing

Still Life in Acrylics (one-day course)

Saturday 2 March 10.00 - 16.00 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP We're welcoming back the artist Colin Stokes to teach another packed, one-day painting course. An acrylic painting workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced painters. Creating a finished acrylic still-life from a studio set-up, processes will include choosing and applying coloured ground, sketching out from observation, tonal underpainting, colour theory and mixing using a grey scale, and painting techniques such as "couche" and glazing. There will be plenty to take away from Colin's friendly tuition, whatever your experience level. ABOUT THE TUTOR Colin is a local artist specialising in watercolours, exhibiting his work his work in different galleries around the UK. MATERIALS NEEDED Essential materials: An 8" x 10" (20 x 25 cm) stretched canvas or canvas board Good (artist or student) quality acrylic paints in the following colours: Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Light and Alizarin Crimson. A stay wet palette or a shallow plastic container with an air tight lid (eg. tupperware) to use as a pallette. Recommended (similar can be borrowed from Arts Centre on the day): Paint brushes for acrylics (synthetic are cheaper) in the following specifications: #10 flat, #6 round, #4 flat, #4 round or filbert. Diamond shaped palette knife, #45. 3B pencil. Colin is happy to provide further advice on materials or content of the workshop, contact Colin on stokeseyart@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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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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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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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2023 & 2024 DATES 7 December - "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris 11 January - Show & Tell Bring your own book

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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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 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 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 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 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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Pottery, Short Courses

Hands or Feet Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

Saturday 13 April 10am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP The workshop will provide the opportunity to create a clay hands or feet sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. Materials are provided as well as tuition on how to sculpt. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw, then in Figurative Sculpture at Hetherley and Art Therapy at University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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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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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, 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 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 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

'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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Music

Beginners Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (12.45pm-1.45pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

Untutored class running Thursdays during term time, 1.30pm-4pm. This informal, social class gives lacemakers a chance to work independently on their own projects, whilst sharing their skills with likeminded artists and makers. Equipment needed: a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

2.5 hour untutored sessions during term time. See calendar below for dates and session start times. These weekly untutored pottery classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re a beginner looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, please book one of our tutored classes rather than these untutored sessions. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting club is open to all knitters, it is led by an expert tutor who will be able to help you with any knitting problems and assist you in the development of new knitting techniques. This inspirational knitting group is suitable for anyone with knitting skills from basic to advanced, able to bring their own knitting projects to work on during the evening. If you are a complete knitting beginner, please see our fantastic Monday evening Beginners -Improvers Knitting courses, where you can learn all the basic skills that you need to join the knitting club. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC, spaces fill up extremely quickly, if you have some experience you may wish to book onto one of our untutored classes. Click here for untutored classes. Tutored classes We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Wood Turning (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for wood turning at the lathe. If you would like to book a general woodwork session (running on the same dates / times), please click here. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are 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. During the sessions, 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. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for general woodwork only - if you would like to book a session wood turning on the lathe, (running on the same dates / times), please here. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are 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. During the sessions, 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. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from reference photographs in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (e.g. Picasso, Matisse, Fedden, Van Gogh) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Themes are set approximately every 3 weeks and you may work from your own photograph or those provided by the tutor. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Health & Wellbeing, Short Courses

Qigong – Beginners and Improvers

Weekly course running through term time. Afternoon workshops introducing students to Tai Chi Qigong. Each week you will learn different sections of this traditional Chinese practise of flowing movement and postures. Helena will introduce new variations as you go along. Qigong is beneficial for both mental and physical health, and particularly works on your flexibility and strength. Practising Taichi Qigong can also improve your circulation, balance and co-ordination and on the other hand aids mental focus, too. Moderate level of exercise, suitable both for complete beginners, as well as improvers who have done some Tai Chi or Qigong before. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena has been teaching Health Qigong since qualifying under the British Health Qigong Association in 2011. Helena also has an interest in Complementary Therapy and is an experienced Yoga teacher. As a teacher at Queens Park she runs further sessions in Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm, during term time. Click here for term dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Mindfulness yoga incorporates the practice of mindfulness within the practice and is conducive for students physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The class includes warm up, joint loosening, stretching, yoga poses, breathing practices (pranayama) meditation and relaxation. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena is a yoga teacher trained in classical Hatha yoga, and a minded yoga therapist and teen yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 mainly within NHS settings until she retired in 2015. Since her retirement, Helena has been teaching in various community settings and, for the last two years since lockdown, has been teaching her classes via Zoom. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a yoga mat with you. You may also wish to bring additional cushions for support, and/or a blanket / shawl.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-12.30pm This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Mixed Crafts

Mindfulness based Art in Health Workshop

Fridays 12.45pm - 1:45pm £6.80 / some fully funded places available for people experiencing financial hardship - please get in touch. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP New art workshops especially aimed to be supportive of mental health. This half-term, come along and make a collaged winter landscape or townscape with a wide variety of materials, paints and found objects. Your tutor will give you all the guidance you need and you can pick up a new crafty skill or two! You will be able to work on your own work among a small group, in a supportive environment. These workshops are designed for those who may be suffering from anxiety, stress, emotional distress, or chronic pain. They are open to everybody, regardless of experience or what you judge to be your ‘skill’ level in art and craft – come and get creative! This workshop runs on a Friday afternoon. You can attend as many as you like but please book ahead, as there is limited space. No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. All materials will be provided. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who focuses her work on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. Belinda has run mindfulness based art workshops since before Covid, and during the pandemic focused on art in health to promote wellbeing through containment and self-regulation, reducing anxiety and suffering. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and outcomes. Belinda works across various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Fridays (3.30-5pm) during term time. A weekly tutor-led workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers. Students ages 12+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. You tutor will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing - Mondays)

Monday sessions - 30 min glaze sessions at 4.30pm and 5.15pm Saturday sessions - 1h 30 min glaze sessions at 10am ABOUT THE SESSION Suitable for ages 7-11, and only suitable for students who have made work at the centre which has been fired once (bisque work) and is ready to glaze. Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: If booking a short, 30 minute slot, this allows enough time to glaze one large finished piece OR two to three small, simple pieces. If you have lots of pieces to fire, please book more than one session. The longer, 1 hour 30 minute slots, are for those with multiple pieces to glaze.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Tuesday and Saturday)

Tuesdays Tutored (7.15-9.30pm) and Saturdays Untutored (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Information for Tuesday 7.15pm-9.30pm Tutored class: New for 2024, this gently guided class with tutor Ayşe Kongur is ideal for all levels. Reduced price tickets are available if you have a student card or are studying at school (16+), bookable in person or by phone. Learn how to draw the human body from nude life models in the studio, every third week we will be working with a clothed model. Ayşe is a creative designer who works in the graphic and digital design fields. Life drawing is one of the focus areas in her design practice. She has been attending life drawing classes regularly at QPAC. She would like to translate her skills, and guide attendees along their own paths to understanding the human body. If you have any questions about the Tuesday evening workshop please contact Ayşe on ayse@kongur.co.uk. Information for Saturday 10am-12.30pm Untutored class: Untutored sessions are a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your process. Come and make the most of this great opportunity to work alongside others in a friendly, creative and inspiring environment! Please arrive at the start time so that you can set up your easel / drawing bench. If you are new to the studio one of the regular attendees will be happy to assist you. Workshops run in two halves with a 20 minute coffee-break in between. The first session usually has shorter poses of 5 minutes-15 minutes, and the second session has longer poses 30-60 minutes. WHAT TO BRING Easels and drawing boards are provided. Bring your own choice of materials, for example charcoal, pencil, inks or paint. The centre has an art shop (at reception) with a range of drawing and painting materials. If you are using oil paints you must bring in own mediums/brush cleaner. You will need to please use only low-odour solvents - brands such as Zest-It and Sansodour - and bring jam jars so that you can take solvent waste home with you, it must not be poured down the sink.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

Saturdays 10:30am during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Chinese for Beginners...it’s not as hard as you think! It is as easy as ABC and 123, when you know the basic tools. You'd be surprised what you can learn in only 2 hours a week. This weekly drop-in class offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language, working at a beginner level. Students will also be able to learn about calligraphy. This is a great chance for anyone with an interest in linguistics to being learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-linguist who has studied in Beijing and volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of house during performances. He's now bringing his expertise in languages to students as a tutor. WHAT TO BRING - A notepad - A pen or pencil

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Recorder Group (Weekly Class)

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making - Mondays)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Bowden for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Portraiture – Drawing & Painting in Acrylics

Tuesdays 10am during term time Improve your skills in portraiture with drawing and painting in acrylics. You will be working from a mixture of photographs and live sitters, and exploring materials from charcoal to paint. Come and try our new weekly workshop that will suit all levels, beginners and improvers particularly welcome! ABOUT THE TUTOR John has been drawing and painting for 30 years with West Wycombe Art, alongside a career in kitchen design. WHAT TO BRING Basic drawing materials (charcoal and paper) will be provided, however you may need to buy further materials as you progress and John will be on hand to advise on this. If you have any queries before you come along, please contact John on johneasterling4@gmail.com.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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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Pottery

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

*Please note the course dates often sell out very quickly- if you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact info@queensparkarts.com Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. This class is ideal for students working at all different levels of ceramics. Whether a first-timer looking to get to grips with clay, or a more experienced potter wanting to explore new shapes and forms (e.g. bowls, bottles, plats, faceting and external decoration), our tutor is here to help! Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Pottery, Short Courses

Sculpture from the Figure (four-week course)

Four-sessions held on consecutive Saturdays, 10.00 - 12.30, 2nd - 23rd March This fantastic new short course with Belinda will provide the opportunity to create a figurative sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts and the course is fully tutored. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw School of Art, then in Figurative Sculpture at Heatherley School of Art, and Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Please bring thick plastic (eg. heavy duty waste bags) to wrap your sculpture and keep it damp to work on the following week. Other materials and clay are included, additional charges apply for glaze firing, or for attending extra QPAC sessions for hollowing out or glazing after the workshop day. Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

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Painting & Drawing

Still Life in Acrylics (one-day course)

Saturday 2 March 10.00 - 16.00 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP We're welcoming back the artist Colin Stokes to teach another packed, one-day painting course. An acrylic painting workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced painters. Creating a finished acrylic still-life from a studio set-up, processes will include choosing and applying coloured ground, sketching out from observation, tonal underpainting, colour theory and mixing using a grey scale, and painting techniques such as "couche" and glazing. There will be plenty to take away from Colin's friendly tuition, whatever your experience level. ABOUT THE TUTOR Colin is a local artist specialising in watercolours, exhibiting his work his work in different galleries around the UK. MATERIALS NEEDED Essential materials: An 8" x 10" (20 x 25 cm) stretched canvas or canvas board Good (artist or student) quality acrylic paints in the following colours: Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Light and Alizarin Crimson. A stay wet palette or a shallow plastic container with an air tight lid (eg. tupperware) to use as a pallette. Recommended (similar can be borrowed from Arts Centre on the day): Paint brushes for acrylics (synthetic are cheaper) in the following specifications: #10 flat, #6 round, #4 flat, #4 round or filbert. Diamond shaped palette knife, #45. 3B pencil. Colin is happy to provide further advice on materials or content of the workshop, contact Colin on stokeseyart@gmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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

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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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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2023 & 2024 DATES 7 December - "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris 11 January - Show & Tell Bring your own book

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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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 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 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 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 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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Pottery, Short Courses

Hands or Feet Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

Saturday 13 April 10am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP The workshop will provide the opportunity to create a clay hands or feet sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. Materials are provided as well as tuition on how to sculpt. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw, then in Figurative Sculpture at Hetherley and Art Therapy at University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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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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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, 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 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 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

'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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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