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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

SUMMER 2024 Life Drawing

Term time classes: Tuesdays - Tutored - (7.15-9.30pm) Saturdays -Untutored (10am-12.30pm) NEW: Extra Summer Life Drawing sessions - Tuesdays 23 July, 20 August, 3 September - 7pm - 9.30pm. Tutored and suitable for beginners. Tuesday 23 July: The clothed model Tuesday 20 August: Nude life model (you pay a reduced Queens Park session fee of £7/£6, plus a per-participant contribution to the model fee, payable to the tutor on the day.) Tuesday 3 September: Focus on Anatomy 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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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Richard II' (Touring Performances)

Our award-winning storytelling company Unbound present the 2024 Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival, featuring a brand-new touring production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays. PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to book for the two performances at QPAC's Limelight Theatre on 5-6 July, please click here. 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 brand-new production of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy is perfect for fans of the Bard as well as those a bit suspicious of Shakespeare! Had a bad experience with his plays at school? Can’t deal with another show full of men in tights? This is the show for you! Tour Schedule: Fri 5 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Sat 6 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Fri 12 Jul - Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham (7.30pm - book via calendar below) Sun 14 Jul - Wycombe Museum (1.30pm - tickets available soon to book) Fri 19 Jul - Nag's Head, Great Missenden (7.30pm - free entry) Sat 20 Jul - Buckingham Library (2pm - book via calendar below) Sun 21 Jul - Waddesdon Manor (2pm - free with grounds admission) Fri 26 Jul - Holy Trinity Church, Prestwood (7.30pm - tickets available soon) Sat 27 Jul - Ascott House (Matinee - tickets available soon) Sun 28 Jul - King's Head, Aylesbury (2pm - free entry)

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (Monthly)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - grab a drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. PLEASE NOTE: Acoustic acts only. Jack cables will be required for electro-acoustic intruments. If bringing your own backing music, please have it available as an mp3 file on a phone/tablet with a headphone socket / adaptor.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

SUMMER 2024 School Holiday Pottery Club (Ages 7-11)

An opportunity to get creative with air-dry clay in the school holiday. Each 2.5-hour session gives young artists a chance to work on a brand new pottery project. See the calendar below for session dates and times. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance, and don't forget to bring an apron with you on the day. These sessions use air-dry clay, so bring a box or container to take your finished piece home with you. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 29 Jul 10am-12.30pm Character Birds Emma Bowden 7-11 Mon 29 Jul 1.30pm-4pm Panda Bears Emma Bowden 7-11 Wed 31 Jul 10am-12.30pm Houses & Shops Emma Bowden 7-11 Wed 14 Aug 10am - 12.30pm Under the Sea Emma Bowden 7-11

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Dance, Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workout for Women (Weekly Class)

Tuesdays 11am to 11:45am during term time ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Bollywood dance is a style of dance that is heavily influenced by music and culture originated in Bollywood films. This class delivers a Bollywood dance workout session to ladies to encourage physical activity and have fun at the same time. Dance to beats of hottest Bollywood songs and enjoy. It is a fantastic workout with a feel-good factor. It is also a great way to make new friends and socialise. Bollywood dancing is a full-body workout which helps in working both the upper and the lower body at the same time. Bollywood dance is not only an art form but also a physical activity that supports good physical health and mental wellbeing. It’s dancing for everyone from all walks of life – whether you have never danced before or a seasoned dancer, older or younger, you’re sure to find fun in Bollywood dancing. The class is open to ladies only and will be suitable for 18 years - adult. People of all cultures and nationalities are welcome to join. ABOUT THE TUTOR Supriya More is trained in Kathak - North Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam and different styles of folk dances. She is passionately interested in dance and has been since childhood and believes that dance is the best form of exercise which not only improves physical health but also mental wellbeing. Supriya has experience in delivering Bollywood dance sessions, which includes delivery of innovative forms of dancing mixed with exercises. Supriya has taught dance to beginners as well as advanced levels to different age groups of people. She has delivered professional performances in Vienna, Austria, India as well as the UK at cultural events and large functions. She has also trained young people and adults to deliver dance performances on stage at annual celebrations, gatherings and social functions. WHAT TO BRING Wear comfortable clothes and bring water along. Please note, the workshop will take place in the Centre’s dance studio and participants will be barefoot. This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children, Mixed Crafts

SUMMER 2024 Children's Holiday Art Club

Come along to this fun children's art club and get creative during the school holidays! All activities suitable for ages 5+ - please bring an adult. All materials provided. Wednesday 7 August 10.30am - 1pm £8.50 | £6.50 members Wednesday 28 August 10.30am - 1pm £8.50 | £6.50 members

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Mixed Crafts, Short Courses

SUMMER 2024 Make a Raffia Clutch Bag

Friday 16th August 10am - 4pm Age 16+ ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join us for a relaxed fun day discovering raffia craft. At this one-day workshop you will learn about where raffia comes from, how to dye it (you work with undyed raffia in the workshop) as well as the basic skills that are needed to make stunning, durable and sustainable fashion and home pieces. You will make your own small clutch, approx A5 size, but it is also possible that you become hooked on raffia! No previous experience necessary, everyone is welcome. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire from allthingsraffia has been working with raffia for nearly 30 years. She runs workshops at several venues across the UK and her enthusiasm for raffia does not look like it is waning anytime soon. At other times Claire has been a lecturer teaching accounts... she prefers running raffia workshops.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens, Pottery

SUMMER 2024 Children's Pottery Throwing (Ages 9-12)

Join Emma Bowden and get creative with clay in the school holidays! ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS Each 2.5 hour session gives young creatives a chance to work on a pottery project guided by an expert tutor. Pottery Throwing Learn to use a pottery wheel or develop your skills in this beginner-friendly throwing session, in which we will cover the basics as well as challenging ourselves to try a range of shapes and forms using a variety of techniques. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance. See the calendar below for session dates and times. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 19 Aug 10am-12.30pm Pottery Throwing Emma Bowden 9-12 yrs Mon 19 Aug 1.30pm-4pm Pottery Throwing Emma Bowden 9-12 yrs WHAT TO BRING All materials and tools will be provided.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children, Mixed Crafts

SUMMER 2024 Children's Collage Workshop - Woodland Creatures

Wednesday 21 August 10am - 1.30pm Age 7 - 12 years Young artists can brush up their painting and drawing skills this Easter holiday in this class with art tutor Lindey Grexhammer. Using paint, oil pastels, watercolour pencils, coloured pencils and collage the children will produce a woodland creatures artwork. WHAT TO BRING Please bring an apron or old shirt. All materials will be provided.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens, Mixed Crafts

SUMMER 2024 Crafts for Teens (Ages 12 - 17 yrs)

Creative art workshops just for Teens, with tutor Ali. Each session will introduce different artistic craft techniques using paper, from marbling to design and making handmade books (make your own sketchbook or notebook). Crafts are both creative and relaxing, perfect for unwinding after school and open to any level of experience. All materials are included in the admission price - please bring an apron with you. Sessions can be done individually, or if you attend all three you will make the full project of a handmade, fantastic quality sketchbook or journal completely from scratch. Either way, you will go home with your own handmade items. Individual sessions taking place on: Thursday 22 August 1pm - 3pm (Creative Marbling with paper - for the book's cover) £15 standard / £13 QPAC member Wednesday 28 August 1pm - 3pm (Bookbinding - making the inside pages) £15 standard / £13 QPAC member Thursday 29 August 1pm - 3pm (Bookbinding - making and decorating the cover) £15 standard / £13 QPAC member Your tutor Ali Tumbiolo is also a professional Bookbinder! Ali especially loves creating using paper, and brings her colourful design skills to what are sure to be a great series of classes. www.alispaper.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens

SUMMER 2024 Teens Oil Painting - Introduction to Oils

Thursday 29 August 10am - 1pm Age 13 - 17 yrs ABOUT THE WORKSHOP An oil painting beginners’ workshop for teens for those wanting to learn more about working with oil paint. This will also be an intro to the basics of drawing, colour mixing and application. We will start with how to draw what we see, then move into colour mixing with a limited palette and then applying that to the drawing. The class will be 3 hours and all are welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Students should wear appropriate clothing that may get paint on it. ABOUT THE TUTOR Lizzy is a representational contemporary artist working predominantly in Oils. She obtained a degree in Art History in the United States and then spent many years studying from various mentors and teachers, classical atelier training and workshops from well known world re known artists. She has shown in prestigious exhibitions in London such as the ING Discerning eye, Green & Stone Summer exhibition and in and around Oxford and Buckinghamshire. She has a passion for helping others in their creative journeys

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'10 Great Stories' (6 Sep)

Friday 6 September 7.30pm Celebrating a decade of Unbound Theatre! Ten years to the very night that the project launched at Queens Park Arts Centre’s Limelight Theatre, Unbound present a special retrospective show celebrating its phenomenal storytelling achievements over the last decade. Discover Unbound’s history through ten scenes drawn from past productions – one per year that the project been running, and each showcasing a different genre, style or medium of storytelling. Original cast members and new faces will unite to present an evening packed with new writing, sketch comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary classics, pantomime, improvisation, audio drama, short stories, and more! Linked together with insightful interviews charting the triumphs (and occasional tribulations) involved in telling great stories, as well as material from the Unbound archive, this special performance is a unique celebration of the most prolific storytelling project in the county. www.unboundtheatre.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (12 Jul)

Our ever-popular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 12 JULY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINE UP: DAVIS TSONOS BEN BRIGGS ANDY BARR PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Gilded Cage Open Mic

Sunday 8pm Join us for the monthly Gilded Cage Open Mic – an opportunity for anyone and everyone to step up onto the Limelight Theatre stage. You might be a musician, signer, comedian, poet, storyteller, juggler or magician; all are welcome to perform in this friendly, informal evening showcasing and celebrating local talent. Each act gets a 10-15min slot (depending on how many acts we have on the bill!) Entry is by donation – please consider giving whatever you can to support QPAC’s ongoing refurbishment and fundraising. Note: if bringing a backing track, please ensure it’s on a device with a headphone socket / adaptor. PA is provided with Direct Input for instruments (bring a cable if you have one!). There’ll be a piano on stage.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Dance, Music, Live Music

Ceilidh Fundraiser

Join us for a special night of music and dance, as our Limelight Theatre hosts a fundraising ceilidh in support of QPAC's continued operations. The evening will be led by the Queens Park Pickers - a talented band of musicians who meet once a month in our coffee bar to socialise and play American Old-Time music. They'll be on stage providing a perfect mix of dance music, with Tim Rooke calling the dances. Don't worry if you've never been to a ceilidh before, the band will be there to guide you through the different dances and make sure everyone has a good night!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music, Music

Voodoo Room (21 Sep)

Paying tribute to these legends of Blues/Rock are Voodoo Room. A very welcome return to this stunning power trio featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians, who perform an incredible live show in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks – simply great music played by great musicians! See and hear classics such as: Red House, White Room, Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze, Layla etc. Members of Voodoo Room have recorded and toured with Stevie Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder and many other high profile artists. With standing ovations the norm, the word on the street is that Voodoo Room are ‘NOT TO BE MISSED – SO BOOK EARLY!’ ‘STUNNING!’ – Time Out Find out more about the band by visiting their website.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Aidan the Wizard: Live & MENTAL (27 Sep)

Friday 27 September 2024 If you've ever wanted to meet a wizard, have your mind blown and laugh your socks off, all in one night... this is the show for you! Aidan will be taking to the stage some insane new magic, crazy mind-reading stunts and hilarious stand-up comedy. If you've seen Aidan live in the past, you'll already know that this is not one to miss. And if you haven't seen Aidan before, rest assured, this entire show will be nothing short of MENTAL... Get your tickets today!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

"Mr" Paul Adams (28 Sep)

Saturday 28 September 8PM Get ready for a musical journey with Aylesbury's very own country outlaw, "Mr" Paul Adams! Born in the Northern heart of Texas and raised amidst the rolling hills of Aylesbury, Paul embodies the spirit of the genre with a distinctive blend of country and outlaw flair. His captivating performances are a testament to his roots and a celebration of the rich storytelling tradition of country music, new and old. Don't miss the chance to witness "Mr" Paul Adams live in action, as he brings the soul of country outlaw music to the heart of Aylesbury. Grab your tickets now for a night of unforgettable tunes and a taste of the Texan spirit right in your own backyard!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The John Otway Band (4 Oct)

From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister's Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar. Otway had to wait until 1977 and the rise of punk before his dream of fame and fortune would finally become a reality. Having caught the eye of the producers of the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, Otway's performance on that show would grab the attention of the watching audience. Otway, ever the showman, decided to jump on to the amplifier of his colleague during a performance of Bob Lind's Cheryl's Going Home. (Un)fortunately for Otway, he misjudged his leap and sent Wild Willy Barrett’s amplifier tumbling as he crashed down straddling the box under the amp. The full force of the impact was absorbed by the most tender part of his body, but in doing this one simple act of recklessness and his wanton disregard for his own safety, Otway was the talk of everyone who watched that evening's programme. Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway's sixth single, the halfspoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC's flagship music programme Top of the Pops, where Otway & Barrett were introduced by Elton John later, Otway was finally a star. It would however, be his greatest success for some time. Despite numerous attempts to get back into the charts, Otway would have to wait 25 years for his next taste of chart success. In the intervening years, Otway would become an actor; write an autobiography (Cor Baby That’s Really Me: Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure); perform sold out shows at London’s Astoria and Royal Albert Hall; make regular appearances at both Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals; and write the nation’s seventh favourite lyric of all-time (beating Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the process). In 2002, Otway achieved what he desired the most – a second hit. A concerted publicity campaign saw Otway reach number 9 with the disco pastiche Bunsen Burner and a second appearance on Top of the Pops. Despite this success, a planned world tour collapsed, but Otway continued to gig extensively around the UK either with his band, as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett or solo. A follow-up autobiography was penned in 2010 and titled: I Did It Otway: Regrets I’ve Had a Few. To celebrate his 60th birthday in 2012, Otway produced his debut movie titled Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure. A screening for producers was held at London’s Leicester Square with the final scenes from the movie filmed on the red carpet and edited into the film as the audience were watching. The film was then taken to Cannes Film Festival and a 50-date tour of cinemas in both the UK and North America. It was subsequently voted the 2nd best film of the year in a poll of its readers conducted by The Guardian newspaper. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Otway took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to record a new album. The album would be the first to be recorded on the island by an international artist since The Rolling Stones recorded Steel Wheels in 1989. Produced by Grammy-award winner Chris Birkett and recorded at Olveston House – the former home of Sir George Martin, it was released to critical acclaim in May 2017.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Mixed Crafts

Willow Basketry - Traditional and Modern Styles

In this workshop you will make a willow basket in a day! You will have a choice of designs, from traditional to modern. Fit for shopping, foraging or storage and would make a lovely gift. The workshop is suitable for beginners. WHAT TO BRING Bring an apron, gardening gloves and sharp secateurs. Your other materials are included in your workshop fee.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles

Take One Stitch - Explore Chain Stitch

Sat 5 Oct 10.30am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join visiting artist Janet Edmonds for this special workshop demonstrates the potential of using just one versatile stitch to create pattern, texture and line. We will change the density and direction of chain stitch, vary thickness of thread from fine through to thick, and explore colour combinations. Some reference to the historical use of this technique will be included. ABOUT THE TUTOR Janet has a passion for drawing and stitching the infinite detail of organic surfaces. Drawing is fundamental to her practice and visual research is the means through which she develops practical work. With experience in ceramics, art and design, Janet constructs with fabric and thread, to create both 2D and 3D pieces. This process of making advances slowly over time, giving space to evaluate and adjust technique when necessary. The building blocks of countryside and organic structures develop slowly too, with weathering and seasonal adjustment adding variety and inspiration. Janet is an experienced tutor delivering courses throughout the UK. She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and the author of four books on Embroidery.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

The Dung Beatles (5 Oct)

See the entire Hard Day’s Night album performed live! Plus a second set of Beatles classics and album gems The Dung Beatles: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 60TH ANNIVERSARY High-energy, top-drawer musicianship and precise vocal harmonies that capture the very essence of Beatles music – that’s why so many 'hard-core' Beatles fans come to see the Dung Beatles time and again since they formed more than a decade ago. Referring to themselves as "a Beatles rock band rather than tribute” (no wigs, costumes or backing tracks!), their extensive repertoire includes hits, album gems, and many songs never performed live by the Beatles themselves. With hundreds of gigs played, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, multiple ‘live sessions’ on BBC Radio, theatres and festivals, for this special show the band will commemorate 60 years since the release of one of the most exciting albums ever made by performing the Beatles’ ‘A Hard day’s Night’ album in its entirety. They’ll follow this with a second set comprising an eclectic mix of songs from the early, late, and post-Beatles periods. A fab time is guaranteed for all! thedungbeatles.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Workshops for Children, Mixed Crafts

Saturday Craft Club (Ages 7-11)

Young artists can now brush up their arts and crafts skills on Saturday mornings with tutor Ali, with a focus on paper crafts. Covering paper craft techniques including origami, illustration, colourful decoration and even book-binding. These special sessions are perfect for budding artists ages 7 -11 years. All materials are included in the admission price - please bring an apron with you, you will leave with art work to take home with you! See table below for individual session topics. Your tutor Ali Tumbiolo is also a professional Bookbinder! Ali especially loves creating using paper, and brings her colourful design skills to what are sure to be a great fun series of classes. www.alispaper.com Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Sat 12 Oct 10am-12pm Paper-fold Greetings Cards and Jolly Bookmarks cards Ali Tumbiolo 7-11 Sat 9 Nov 10am-12pm Japanese-bind Notebook Making Ali Tumbiolo 7-11

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Music

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (12 Oct)

Duos come and duos go, and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating. For over a quarter of a century Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal. From their early days in folk supergroup ‘Equation ‘ through to their new album, Almost A Sunset, this multi award-winning musical couple continue to exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. 2024 sees them release ’The Collection’. 18 of their most loved songs compiled into one seamless album.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder, Fish & Chips (20 Oct)

Friday 18 October 7.30pm Join Prestwood Players for this special interactive murder mystery evening, complete with fish & chips! ‘The Wake’ by Archie Wilson Havelock Cartwright, world famous magician and illusionist, has died after a long, painful illness. A big, though obnoxious man in all ways he amazed people the world over with his tricks and illusions amassing a vast fortune in the process. He lived in a large mansion (the House of Illusion) with all his family each of whom inhabit a separate wing. On his deathbed he instructed his friend and family solicitor Hubert Clegghorn to inform everybody that he did not want to be mourned - but to hold a riotous wake in his honour. During the wake Hubert was to read out his will, which had been drawn up by a firm of independent solicitors, so that family friends and mourners could find out exactly what the old man had left for them. Chaos ensues! Ticket price includes fish & chips! Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm food orders - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Mixed Crafts

Freeform Weaving in Willow

Sat 19 Oct 10am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A willow weaving workshop suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers, with a free choice of what to weave. With Anita’s expert input, bring your ideas and you will be guided to create freeform baskets, simple animals or sculptural forms with a range of natural weaving materials. WHAT TO BRING Please bring an apron, gardening gloves and sharp secateurs. Your other materials are included in your workshop fee.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops

Full-day Untutored Life Drawing

Advance booking essential. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Get inspired and practise your life drawing in a friendly studio setting! It's an excellent opportunity to draw or paint from an art model in creative set-ups and develop your work independently over a full day. All levels welcomed. Please contact Ellie Kirkup on ellie@queensparkarts.com with questions. Participants should be aware that you will be drawing from a nude model in this session. WHAT TO BRING The centre provides easels, donkeys (seated easel benches), drawing board and bulldog clips for your class. The class is untutored and you are welcome to bring your own choice of materials. We recommend charcoal, a variety of large paper sheets, a putty rubber, limited palette of coloured pastels, gouache paints or watercolour. The longer session allows time to work in Oil/Acrylic paints if desired, longer poses in the afternoon to help facilitate this. Oil paints are welcomed; however you must bring in your own mediums /brush cleaner. Only low odour solvents are permitted in the studio – brands such as Zest-It and Sansodour. Please bring plenty of jam jars so that you can take solvent waste home with you, it must not be put down the sink. The centre also has an art shop (at reception) where materials can be purchased individually/by the sheet.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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The Siren's Call

Fri 25 Oct & Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm Written by Ade Morris Directed by Sandie King Produced by Unbound A classic period drama, with a twist… In the vault of the British Museum, history is hurtling into the present day. Jane Parr has been exploring her ancestry, and with the help of some unlikely guides, she’s about to discover the story of Emma Bennett. Miss Bennett is aboard her romantic brigantine in 1804, but where is she sailing to? And, two centuries later, what is her descendant Jane really hiding from in the whispering museum vault? This special production is presented by QPAC’s in-house storytelling company, Unbound, by kind permission of Micheline Steinberg Associates.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens, Textiles

Denim Embroidery & Embellishment for Teens

Tue 29 Oct 10.30am - 1.30pm October Half Term Workshops: Denim Embroidery & Embellishment for Teens Age 12-17 Yrs With Sophie Carr ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join textile tutor Sophie Carr for a fun and inspiring workshop that explores simple but effective hand embroidery and embellishment techniques to brighten and enliven your existing denim clothing. You will learn a range of hand stitches and creative sequin and beading techniques that will transform your wardrobe! WHAT TO BRING An item of denim clothing - jeans/jacket/shirt/shorts/skirt etc. If you do not have anything suitable for the workshop, we suggest purchasing something from your local charity shop. All sewing equipment and embellishment materials, including threads, beads, sequins etc will be provided in the workshop. ABOUT THE TUTOR Sophie Carr is a textiles professional with a background specialising in embroidery. After gaining a BA (Hons) in Textiles & Surface Design from Buckinghamshire New University, Sophie won 1st place in the international embroidery competition the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery. Sophie then went on to work for Hand & Lock, a 250 year old embroidery studio providing embroidery for the Royal Family and iconic fashion houses, for eight years running the prestigious Prize for Embroidery competition - highlighting and showcasing top emerging fashion and textile designers from around the world.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Introduction to Oil Painting

Thu 31 Oct 10am - 1pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP An oil painting beginners’ workshop for those wanting to learn more about working with oil paint. This will also be an intro to the basics of drawing, colour mixing and application. We will start with how to draw what we see, then move into colour mixing with a limited palette and then applying that to the drawing. The class will be 3 hours and all are welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Students should wear appropriate clothing that may get paint on it. ABOUT THE TUTOR Lizzy is a representational contemporary artist working predominantly in Oils. She obtained a degree in Art History in the United States and then spent many years studying from various mentors and teachers, classical atelier training and workshops from well known world re known artists. She has shown in prestigious exhibitions in London such as the ING Discerning eye, Green & Stone Summer exhibition and in and around Oxford and Buckinghamshire. She has a passion for helping others in their creative journeys WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided and are included in the workshop fee.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Theatre

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' (1-2 Nov)

After the recent death of an anarchist in police custody, the Metropolitan Police are feeling on edge. In steps a man only known as ‘The Maniac’, who inveigles his way into the police station and leads his own inquiry into the death, causing chaos as the Superintendent and his men desperately try and cover their backs. First written in the 1970’s and brought right up to date for a barnstorming run last year in London’s West End, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist is a hilarious satire taking aim at the police, government, and each and every one of us. A rallying cry against injustice, this show will have you creased up with laughter and questioning your life choices in equal measure. ACCESS The matinee on Sat 2 November will be accompanied by a BSL interpreter. AGE RESTRICTION This performance contains adult themes and very strong language, so we recommend a minimum age of 16. Written by Dario Fo and Franco Rama, in a new version by Tom Basden. And amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Exploring Charcoal (One-day class)

Fri 8 Nov 10am-3pm Charcoal is a wonderfully expressive, versatile and atmospheric drawing medium. Get hands on and explore what it can do in this experimental and relaxed workshop with Liz Cotgreave. Suitable for all levels of experience. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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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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Textiles

Stitch Panel Inspired by Van Gogh

Tue 12 Nov 10.30am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Van Gogh wished to make art that would depict the extraordinary nature of ordinary objects, people and places. Be inspired by his vibrant colour combinations and surface textures that suggest movement, energy and depth. The mark making seen in this popular artist’s paintings translates beautifully into stitched surfaces. Suitable for all levels. ABOUT THE TUTOR Janet has a passion for drawing and stitching the infinite detail of organic surfaces. Drawing is fundamental to her practice and visual research is the means through which she develops practical work. With experience in ceramics, art and design, Janet constructs with fabric and thread, to create both 2D and 3D pieces. This process of making advances slowly over time, giving space to evaluate and adjust technique when necessary. The building blocks of countryside and organic structures develop slowly too, with weathering and seasonal adjustment adding variety and inspiration. Janet is an experienced tutor delivering courses throughout the UK. She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and the author of four books on Embroidery.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Quiz Night

Fish & Chip Quiz Night (Sat 30 Nov)

Saturday 30 November 7pm Quiz nights are back! Tuck into tasty fish and chips and then test the little grey cells! Hosts Grace & Faye will be setting the questions at this special fundraising event. Teams of 6 people max. Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm their food order - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live 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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Keith James - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Keith James in concert The Songs of Leonard Cohen Sat 11 Jan 8pm These remarkable songs - stripped back, honest, naked and sensual. ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM. If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty and indulgence with the stroke of each word. The very beginning of Leonard Cohen as a songwriter happened during the 1960’s on the Greek Island of Hydra where he met Marianne Ihlen, the love of his life. He was spending his time on Hydra writing a novel and a collection of poetry; it was Marianne who encouraged him to turn many of the poems into songs; Bird on a Wire being the most notable. The chilling announcement of Leonard's death marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own vulnerability. Our World misses him very much. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts to more than 200,000 people. This has proved to be ‘life changing’ and one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 50 year career in music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Confident - The Tour

Fri 17 Jan 8pm A laugh-a-minute variety show that combines live music, comedy, magic, prize bingo and more into one hilarious night of live entertainment.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Burretti - The Lost Show

Fri 24 Jan & Sat 25 Jan 7.30pm Set in a 1970s TV show interview format this theatre production portrays the fascinating tale of Freddie Burretti, David Bowie’s close friend and key early 1970s Ziggy Stardust costume designer.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Raising the Surface with Stitch

Sat 1 Feb 10.30am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This workshop explores surface texture using raised stitch techniques. There are many options from simple couching to more complex stitches that mix whipping, knotting and weaving to achieve the desired effect. Manipulating the background fabric can also be employed to add a raised surface into which further stitching can be worked. Working by hand, we will master a few of these exciting methods to create a rich and textured effect. ABOUT THE TUTOR Janet has a passion for drawing and stitching the infinite detail of organic surfaces. Drawing is fundamental to her practice and visual research is the means through which she develops practical work. With experience in ceramics, art and design, Janet constructs with fabric and thread, to create both 2D and 3D pieces. This process of making advances slowly over time, giving space to evaluate and adjust technique when necessary. The building blocks of countryside and organic structures develop slowly too, with weathering and seasonal adjustment adding variety and inspiration. Janet is an experienced tutor delivering courses throughout the UK. She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and the author of four books on Embroidery

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Landscape Drawing with Charcoal

Fri 7 Feb 10am-3pm Using landscape as inspiration, explore new ways to use charcoal, learn tricks for getting started, and develop your own drawings with Liz Cotgreave. Suitable for all levels of experience. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Encore

Fri 7 Feb & Sat 8 Feb 8pm Written by Dario Knight Produced by Unbound A haunting new one-act play from the writer of the acclaimed ‘Regency Theatre Trilogy’. Comedy star Sidney Braithwaite died a long time ago. His films are no longer shown, his blue plaques have been struck down, and his name is spoken only in dark corners and Netflix true crime series. The world moved on from ‘Simply Sid’, but all things that pass are destined to be revisited. The head of a failing film studio has a plan to bring Braithwaite back through the murky realm of AI, using the controversial fallen star to revive his company’s fortunes. However, not everyone clamors to see Simply Sid’s encore performance. His daughter Louise is on a mission to stop the studio from making the film – but she’s about to find that her father left far more than bad memories behind when he last left the stage… Praise for ‘The Regency Theatre Trilogy’: “What an amazing evening! I cried I laughed then cried some more. The plays were all so well written…it’s a night I won’t forget for a long time.” “So so clever; the concept, the writing, the set, tech and delivered brilliantly by awesome actors... you must go see.” “A very highly professional, quality play in all departments: writing, acting, directing.”

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Music

Coda

Sat 15 Feb 8pm CODA - a Tribute to Led Zeppelin are Europe's most authentic and exciting Led Zeppelin tribute band, replicating the power, excitement and magic of a Led Zeppelin show like no other. They are the only proper four-piece Zep tribute band in Europe that looks and sounds as close to the real thing as possible, featuring authentic-looking and sounding instruments as well as incredible, hand- made replica costumes that will take you back to the time when the Gods of Rock ruled the world! Every show features a fantastic selection from classic Led Zeppelin songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, as well as Led Zeppelin live rarities such as When the Levee Breaks, Ramble On, Wanton Song and much more. The band can also perform a wide variety of Led Zeppelin's acoustic songs such as Going to California and That's the Way and every year CODA add more and more new songs to their repertoire. CODA's show takes its inspiration from the studio recordings, as well as official (and unofficial!) live recordings to bring you the best of all facets of Led Zeppelin. If you like your Led Zeppelin tribute band with big hair, all the stage moves and excitement of the original band, an incredible attention to detail unrivalled by any other Led Zeppelin tribute band, a singer with all the range and power of Robert Plant, a guitarist with all the riffs and groove of Jimmy Page, a drummer with the feel and power of John Bonham and a multi- instrumental bassist like John Paul Jones, this is the Led Zeppelin tribute band for you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Mim Grey (28 Feb)

Mim Grey - "The Garden of Me Tour" Join us for an unforgettable evening with the illustrious Mim Grey, as she returns to the stage with her long-awaited third album, "The Garden of Me." This album was co-produced with legendary guitarist Robbie McIntosh, known for his work with The Pretenders, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Paul McCartney. Reflecting on the recording process, Mim shared, "Creating 'Garden of Me' was a truly magical experience. Collaborating with Robbie McIntosh and the production team allowed us to channel the essence of the songs seamlessly. The result is an album of music that speaks from the heart, and I am thrilled to share it with the world." Now, Mim is eager to bring these new songs to the stage, where her heartfelt performances and captivating presence promise to create an enchanting live experience for all who attend. Born and raised in North London, Mim has captivated audiences globally as the singer of choice for many noted bands and musicians. Music icons like Sir Tom Jones and Michael Ball have praised her, with Jones calling her his favourite singer and Ball declaring her "the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time." Don't miss the chance to experience Mim Grey live on "The Garden of Me Tour" at the Limelight Theatre. Be prepared for an evening of soul-stirring music from an artist who truly sings from the heart. www.mimgrey.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Atomic Prune

Sat 1 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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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

SUMMER 2024 Life Drawing

Term time classes: Tuesdays - Tutored - (7.15-9.30pm) Saturdays -Untutored (10am-12.30pm) NEW: Extra Summer Life Drawing sessions - Tuesdays 23 July, 20 August, 3 September - 7pm - 9.30pm. Tutored and suitable for beginners. Tuesday 23 July: The clothed model Tuesday 20 August: Nude life model (you pay a reduced Queens Park session fee of £7/£6, plus a per-participant contribution to the model fee, payable to the tutor on the day.) Tuesday 3 September: Focus on Anatomy 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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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Richard II' (Touring Performances)

Our award-winning storytelling company Unbound present the 2024 Buckinghamshire Shakespeare Festival, featuring a brand-new touring production of one of the Bard's most incendiary plays. PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to book for the two performances at QPAC's Limelight Theatre on 5-6 July, please click here. 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 brand-new production of Shakespeare’s iconic comedy is perfect for fans of the Bard as well as those a bit suspicious of Shakespeare! Had a bad experience with his plays at school? Can’t deal with another show full of men in tights? This is the show for you! Tour Schedule: Fri 5 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Sat 6 Jul - Queens Park Arts Centre (7.30pm - click here to book) Fri 12 Jul - Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham (7.30pm - book via calendar below) Sun 14 Jul - Wycombe Museum (1.30pm - tickets available soon to book) Fri 19 Jul - Nag's Head, Great Missenden (7.30pm - free entry) Sat 20 Jul - Buckingham Library (2pm - book via calendar below) Sun 21 Jul - Waddesdon Manor (2pm - free with grounds admission) Fri 26 Jul - Holy Trinity Church, Prestwood (7.30pm - tickets available soon) Sat 27 Jul - Ascott House (Matinee - tickets available soon) Sun 28 Jul - King's Head, Aylesbury (2pm - free entry)

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (Monthly)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - grab a drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. PLEASE NOTE: Acoustic acts only. Jack cables will be required for electro-acoustic intruments. If bringing your own backing music, please have it available as an mp3 file on a phone/tablet with a headphone socket / adaptor.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

SUMMER 2024 School Holiday Pottery Club (Ages 7-11)

An opportunity to get creative with air-dry clay in the school holiday. Each 2.5-hour session gives young artists a chance to work on a brand new pottery project. See the calendar below for session dates and times. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance, and don't forget to bring an apron with you on the day. These sessions use air-dry clay, so bring a box or container to take your finished piece home with you. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 29 Jul 10am-12.30pm Character Birds Emma Bowden 7-11 Mon 29 Jul 1.30pm-4pm Panda Bears Emma Bowden 7-11 Wed 31 Jul 10am-12.30pm Houses & Shops Emma Bowden 7-11 Wed 14 Aug 10am - 12.30pm Under the Sea Emma Bowden 7-11

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Dance, Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workout for Women (Weekly Class)

Tuesdays 11am to 11:45am during term time ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Bollywood dance is a style of dance that is heavily influenced by music and culture originated in Bollywood films. This class delivers a Bollywood dance workout session to ladies to encourage physical activity and have fun at the same time. Dance to beats of hottest Bollywood songs and enjoy. It is a fantastic workout with a feel-good factor. It is also a great way to make new friends and socialise. Bollywood dancing is a full-body workout which helps in working both the upper and the lower body at the same time. Bollywood dance is not only an art form but also a physical activity that supports good physical health and mental wellbeing. It’s dancing for everyone from all walks of life – whether you have never danced before or a seasoned dancer, older or younger, you’re sure to find fun in Bollywood dancing. The class is open to ladies only and will be suitable for 18 years - adult. People of all cultures and nationalities are welcome to join. ABOUT THE TUTOR Supriya More is trained in Kathak - North Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam and different styles of folk dances. She is passionately interested in dance and has been since childhood and believes that dance is the best form of exercise which not only improves physical health but also mental wellbeing. Supriya has experience in delivering Bollywood dance sessions, which includes delivery of innovative forms of dancing mixed with exercises. Supriya has taught dance to beginners as well as advanced levels to different age groups of people. She has delivered professional performances in Vienna, Austria, India as well as the UK at cultural events and large functions. She has also trained young people and adults to deliver dance performances on stage at annual celebrations, gatherings and social functions. WHAT TO BRING Wear comfortable clothes and bring water along. Please note, the workshop will take place in the Centre’s dance studio and participants will be barefoot. This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children, Mixed Crafts

SUMMER 2024 Children's Holiday Art Club

Come along to this fun children's art club and get creative during the school holidays! All activities suitable for ages 5+ - please bring an adult. All materials provided. Wednesday 7 August 10.30am - 1pm £8.50 | £6.50 members Wednesday 28 August 10.30am - 1pm £8.50 | £6.50 members

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Mixed Crafts, Short Courses

SUMMER 2024 Make a Raffia Clutch Bag

Friday 16th August 10am - 4pm Age 16+ ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join us for a relaxed fun day discovering raffia craft. At this one-day workshop you will learn about where raffia comes from, how to dye it (you work with undyed raffia in the workshop) as well as the basic skills that are needed to make stunning, durable and sustainable fashion and home pieces. You will make your own small clutch, approx A5 size, but it is also possible that you become hooked on raffia! No previous experience necessary, everyone is welcome. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire from allthingsraffia has been working with raffia for nearly 30 years. She runs workshops at several venues across the UK and her enthusiasm for raffia does not look like it is waning anytime soon. At other times Claire has been a lecturer teaching accounts... she prefers running raffia workshops.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens, Pottery

SUMMER 2024 Children's Pottery Throwing (Ages 9-12)

Join Emma Bowden and get creative with clay in the school holidays! ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS Each 2.5 hour session gives young creatives a chance to work on a pottery project guided by an expert tutor. Pottery Throwing Learn to use a pottery wheel or develop your skills in this beginner-friendly throwing session, in which we will cover the basics as well as challenging ourselves to try a range of shapes and forms using a variety of techniques. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance. See the calendar below for session dates and times. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 19 Aug 10am-12.30pm Pottery Throwing Emma Bowden 9-12 yrs Mon 19 Aug 1.30pm-4pm Pottery Throwing Emma Bowden 9-12 yrs WHAT TO BRING All materials and tools will be provided.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children, Mixed Crafts

SUMMER 2024 Children's Collage Workshop - Woodland Creatures

Wednesday 21 August 10am - 1.30pm Age 7 - 12 years Young artists can brush up their painting and drawing skills this Easter holiday in this class with art tutor Lindey Grexhammer. Using paint, oil pastels, watercolour pencils, coloured pencils and collage the children will produce a woodland creatures artwork. WHAT TO BRING Please bring an apron or old shirt. All materials will be provided.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens, Mixed Crafts

SUMMER 2024 Crafts for Teens (Ages 12 - 17 yrs)

Creative art workshops just for Teens, with tutor Ali. Each session will introduce different artistic craft techniques using paper, from marbling to design and making handmade books (make your own sketchbook or notebook). Crafts are both creative and relaxing, perfect for unwinding after school and open to any level of experience. All materials are included in the admission price - please bring an apron with you. Sessions can be done individually, or if you attend all three you will make the full project of a handmade, fantastic quality sketchbook or journal completely from scratch. Either way, you will go home with your own handmade items. Individual sessions taking place on: Thursday 22 August 1pm - 3pm (Creative Marbling with paper - for the book's cover) £15 standard / £13 QPAC member Wednesday 28 August 1pm - 3pm (Bookbinding - making the inside pages) £15 standard / £13 QPAC member Thursday 29 August 1pm - 3pm (Bookbinding - making and decorating the cover) £15 standard / £13 QPAC member Your tutor Ali Tumbiolo is also a professional Bookbinder! Ali especially loves creating using paper, and brings her colourful design skills to what are sure to be a great series of classes. www.alispaper.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens

SUMMER 2024 Teens Oil Painting - Introduction to Oils

Thursday 29 August 10am - 1pm Age 13 - 17 yrs ABOUT THE WORKSHOP An oil painting beginners’ workshop for teens for those wanting to learn more about working with oil paint. This will also be an intro to the basics of drawing, colour mixing and application. We will start with how to draw what we see, then move into colour mixing with a limited palette and then applying that to the drawing. The class will be 3 hours and all are welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Students should wear appropriate clothing that may get paint on it. ABOUT THE TUTOR Lizzy is a representational contemporary artist working predominantly in Oils. She obtained a degree in Art History in the United States and then spent many years studying from various mentors and teachers, classical atelier training and workshops from well known world re known artists. She has shown in prestigious exhibitions in London such as the ING Discerning eye, Green & Stone Summer exhibition and in and around Oxford and Buckinghamshire. She has a passion for helping others in their creative journeys

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'10 Great Stories' (6 Sep)

Friday 6 September 7.30pm Celebrating a decade of Unbound Theatre! Ten years to the very night that the project launched at Queens Park Arts Centre’s Limelight Theatre, Unbound present a special retrospective show celebrating its phenomenal storytelling achievements over the last decade. Discover Unbound’s history through ten scenes drawn from past productions – one per year that the project been running, and each showcasing a different genre, style or medium of storytelling. Original cast members and new faces will unite to present an evening packed with new writing, sketch comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary classics, pantomime, improvisation, audio drama, short stories, and more! Linked together with insightful interviews charting the triumphs (and occasional tribulations) involved in telling great stories, as well as material from the Unbound archive, this special performance is a unique celebration of the most prolific storytelling project in the county. www.unboundtheatre.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (12 Jul)

Our ever-popular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 12 JULY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINE UP: DAVIS TSONOS BEN BRIGGS ANDY BARR PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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The Gilded Cage Open Mic

Sunday 8pm Join us for the monthly Gilded Cage Open Mic – an opportunity for anyone and everyone to step up onto the Limelight Theatre stage. You might be a musician, signer, comedian, poet, storyteller, juggler or magician; all are welcome to perform in this friendly, informal evening showcasing and celebrating local talent. Each act gets a 10-15min slot (depending on how many acts we have on the bill!) Entry is by donation – please consider giving whatever you can to support QPAC’s ongoing refurbishment and fundraising. Note: if bringing a backing track, please ensure it’s on a device with a headphone socket / adaptor. PA is provided with Direct Input for instruments (bring a cable if you have one!). There’ll be a piano on stage.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Dance, Music, Live Music

Ceilidh Fundraiser

Join us for a special night of music and dance, as our Limelight Theatre hosts a fundraising ceilidh in support of QPAC's continued operations. The evening will be led by the Queens Park Pickers - a talented band of musicians who meet once a month in our coffee bar to socialise and play American Old-Time music. They'll be on stage providing a perfect mix of dance music, with Tim Rooke calling the dances. Don't worry if you've never been to a ceilidh before, the band will be there to guide you through the different dances and make sure everyone has a good night!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music, Music

Voodoo Room (21 Sep)

Paying tribute to these legends of Blues/Rock are Voodoo Room. A very welcome return to this stunning power trio featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians, who perform an incredible live show in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. No wigs, no gimmicks – simply great music played by great musicians! See and hear classics such as: Red House, White Room, Hey Joe, Sunshine Of Your Love, Purple Haze, Layla etc. Members of Voodoo Room have recorded and toured with Stevie Winwood, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Fish, Thunder and many other high profile artists. With standing ovations the norm, the word on the street is that Voodoo Room are ‘NOT TO BE MISSED – SO BOOK EARLY!’ ‘STUNNING!’ – Time Out Find out more about the band by visiting their website.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy

Aidan the Wizard: Live & MENTAL (27 Sep)

Friday 27 September 2024 If you've ever wanted to meet a wizard, have your mind blown and laugh your socks off, all in one night... this is the show for you! Aidan will be taking to the stage some insane new magic, crazy mind-reading stunts and hilarious stand-up comedy. If you've seen Aidan live in the past, you'll already know that this is not one to miss. And if you haven't seen Aidan before, rest assured, this entire show will be nothing short of MENTAL... Get your tickets today!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

"Mr" Paul Adams (28 Sep)

Saturday 28 September 8PM Get ready for a musical journey with Aylesbury's very own country outlaw, "Mr" Paul Adams! Born in the Northern heart of Texas and raised amidst the rolling hills of Aylesbury, Paul embodies the spirit of the genre with a distinctive blend of country and outlaw flair. His captivating performances are a testament to his roots and a celebration of the rich storytelling tradition of country music, new and old. Don't miss the chance to witness "Mr" Paul Adams live in action, as he brings the soul of country outlaw music to the heart of Aylesbury. Grab your tickets now for a night of unforgettable tunes and a taste of the Texan spirit right in your own backyard!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The John Otway Band (4 Oct)

From the age of 9, John Otway knew he wanted to be a pop star. But even at that young age, having listened to his sister's Beatles and Stones records, he knew he would never be able to do what they do. However, when his sister got the latest Bob Dylan album, he knew there was a place for him and he set about learning how to play guitar. Otway had to wait until 1977 and the rise of punk before his dream of fame and fortune would finally become a reality. Having caught the eye of the producers of the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, Otway's performance on that show would grab the attention of the watching audience. Otway, ever the showman, decided to jump on to the amplifier of his colleague during a performance of Bob Lind's Cheryl's Going Home. (Un)fortunately for Otway, he misjudged his leap and sent Wild Willy Barrett’s amplifier tumbling as he crashed down straddling the box under the amp. The full force of the impact was absorbed by the most tender part of his body, but in doing this one simple act of recklessness and his wanton disregard for his own safety, Otway was the talk of everyone who watched that evening's programme. Not only did he see a surge in his audiences, sales of Otway's sixth single, the halfspoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. An appearance on the BBC's flagship music programme Top of the Pops, where Otway & Barrett were introduced by Elton John later, Otway was finally a star. It would however, be his greatest success for some time. Despite numerous attempts to get back into the charts, Otway would have to wait 25 years for his next taste of chart success. In the intervening years, Otway would become an actor; write an autobiography (Cor Baby That’s Really Me: Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure); perform sold out shows at London’s Astoria and Royal Albert Hall; make regular appearances at both Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals; and write the nation’s seventh favourite lyric of all-time (beating Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the process). In 2002, Otway achieved what he desired the most – a second hit. A concerted publicity campaign saw Otway reach number 9 with the disco pastiche Bunsen Burner and a second appearance on Top of the Pops. Despite this success, a planned world tour collapsed, but Otway continued to gig extensively around the UK either with his band, as a duo with Wild Willy Barrett or solo. A follow-up autobiography was penned in 2010 and titled: I Did It Otway: Regrets I’ve Had a Few. To celebrate his 60th birthday in 2012, Otway produced his debut movie titled Otway the Movie: The Story of Rock n Roll’s Greatest Failure. A screening for producers was held at London’s Leicester Square with the final scenes from the movie filmed on the red carpet and edited into the film as the audience were watching. The film was then taken to Cannes Film Festival and a 50-date tour of cinemas in both the UK and North America. It was subsequently voted the 2nd best film of the year in a poll of its readers conducted by The Guardian newspaper. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Otway took his band to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to record a new album. The album would be the first to be recorded on the island by an international artist since The Rolling Stones recorded Steel Wheels in 1989. Produced by Grammy-award winner Chris Birkett and recorded at Olveston House – the former home of Sir George Martin, it was released to critical acclaim in May 2017.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Mixed Crafts

Willow Basketry - Traditional and Modern Styles

In this workshop you will make a willow basket in a day! You will have a choice of designs, from traditional to modern. Fit for shopping, foraging or storage and would make a lovely gift. The workshop is suitable for beginners. WHAT TO BRING Bring an apron, gardening gloves and sharp secateurs. Your other materials are included in your workshop fee.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles

Take One Stitch - Explore Chain Stitch

Sat 5 Oct 10.30am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join visiting artist Janet Edmonds for this special workshop demonstrates the potential of using just one versatile stitch to create pattern, texture and line. We will change the density and direction of chain stitch, vary thickness of thread from fine through to thick, and explore colour combinations. Some reference to the historical use of this technique will be included. ABOUT THE TUTOR Janet has a passion for drawing and stitching the infinite detail of organic surfaces. Drawing is fundamental to her practice and visual research is the means through which she develops practical work. With experience in ceramics, art and design, Janet constructs with fabric and thread, to create both 2D and 3D pieces. This process of making advances slowly over time, giving space to evaluate and adjust technique when necessary. The building blocks of countryside and organic structures develop slowly too, with weathering and seasonal adjustment adding variety and inspiration. Janet is an experienced tutor delivering courses throughout the UK. She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and the author of four books on Embroidery.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

The Dung Beatles (5 Oct)

See the entire Hard Day’s Night album performed live! Plus a second set of Beatles classics and album gems The Dung Beatles: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 60TH ANNIVERSARY High-energy, top-drawer musicianship and precise vocal harmonies that capture the very essence of Beatles music – that’s why so many 'hard-core' Beatles fans come to see the Dung Beatles time and again since they formed more than a decade ago. Referring to themselves as "a Beatles rock band rather than tribute” (no wigs, costumes or backing tracks!), their extensive repertoire includes hits, album gems, and many songs never performed live by the Beatles themselves. With hundreds of gigs played, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, multiple ‘live sessions’ on BBC Radio, theatres and festivals, for this special show the band will commemorate 60 years since the release of one of the most exciting albums ever made by performing the Beatles’ ‘A Hard day’s Night’ album in its entirety. They’ll follow this with a second set comprising an eclectic mix of songs from the early, late, and post-Beatles periods. A fab time is guaranteed for all! thedungbeatles.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Workshops for Children, Mixed Crafts

Saturday Craft Club (Ages 7-11)

Young artists can now brush up their arts and crafts skills on Saturday mornings with tutor Ali, with a focus on paper crafts. Covering paper craft techniques including origami, illustration, colourful decoration and even book-binding. These special sessions are perfect for budding artists ages 7 -11 years. All materials are included in the admission price - please bring an apron with you, you will leave with art work to take home with you! See table below for individual session topics. Your tutor Ali Tumbiolo is also a professional Bookbinder! Ali especially loves creating using paper, and brings her colourful design skills to what are sure to be a great fun series of classes. www.alispaper.com Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Sat 12 Oct 10am-12pm Paper-fold Greetings Cards and Jolly Bookmarks cards Ali Tumbiolo 7-11 Sat 9 Nov 10am-12pm Japanese-bind Notebook Making Ali Tumbiolo 7-11

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Music

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (12 Oct)

Duos come and duos go, and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating. For over a quarter of a century Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal. From their early days in folk supergroup ‘Equation ‘ through to their new album, Almost A Sunset, this multi award-winning musical couple continue to exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. 2024 sees them release ’The Collection’. 18 of their most loved songs compiled into one seamless album.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre

Murder, Fish & Chips (20 Oct)

Friday 18 October 7.30pm Join Prestwood Players for this special interactive murder mystery evening, complete with fish & chips! ‘The Wake’ by Archie Wilson Havelock Cartwright, world famous magician and illusionist, has died after a long, painful illness. A big, though obnoxious man in all ways he amazed people the world over with his tricks and illusions amassing a vast fortune in the process. He lived in a large mansion (the House of Illusion) with all his family each of whom inhabit a separate wing. On his deathbed he instructed his friend and family solicitor Hubert Clegghorn to inform everybody that he did not want to be mourned - but to hold a riotous wake in his honour. During the wake Hubert was to read out his will, which had been drawn up by a firm of independent solicitors, so that family friends and mourners could find out exactly what the old man had left for them. Chaos ensues! Ticket price includes fish & chips! Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm food orders - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Mixed Crafts

Freeform Weaving in Willow

Sat 19 Oct 10am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A willow weaving workshop suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers, with a free choice of what to weave. With Anita’s expert input, bring your ideas and you will be guided to create freeform baskets, simple animals or sculptural forms with a range of natural weaving materials. WHAT TO BRING Please bring an apron, gardening gloves and sharp secateurs. Your other materials are included in your workshop fee.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, School Holiday Workshops

Full-day Untutored Life Drawing

Advance booking essential. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Get inspired and practise your life drawing in a friendly studio setting! It's an excellent opportunity to draw or paint from an art model in creative set-ups and develop your work independently over a full day. All levels welcomed. Please contact Ellie Kirkup on ellie@queensparkarts.com with questions. Participants should be aware that you will be drawing from a nude model in this session. WHAT TO BRING The centre provides easels, donkeys (seated easel benches), drawing board and bulldog clips for your class. The class is untutored and you are welcome to bring your own choice of materials. We recommend charcoal, a variety of large paper sheets, a putty rubber, limited palette of coloured pastels, gouache paints or watercolour. The longer session allows time to work in Oil/Acrylic paints if desired, longer poses in the afternoon to help facilitate this. Oil paints are welcomed; however you must bring in your own mediums /brush cleaner. Only low odour solvents are permitted in the studio – brands such as Zest-It and Sansodour. Please bring plenty of jam jars so that you can take solvent waste home with you, it must not be put down the sink. The centre also has an art shop (at reception) where materials can be purchased individually/by the sheet.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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The Siren's Call

Fri 25 Oct & Sat 26 Oct 7.30pm Written by Ade Morris Directed by Sandie King Produced by Unbound A classic period drama, with a twist… In the vault of the British Museum, history is hurtling into the present day. Jane Parr has been exploring her ancestry, and with the help of some unlikely guides, she’s about to discover the story of Emma Bennett. Miss Bennett is aboard her romantic brigantine in 1804, but where is she sailing to? And, two centuries later, what is her descendant Jane really hiding from in the whispering museum vault? This special production is presented by QPAC’s in-house storytelling company, Unbound, by kind permission of Micheline Steinberg Associates.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens, Textiles

Denim Embroidery & Embellishment for Teens

Tue 29 Oct 10.30am - 1.30pm October Half Term Workshops: Denim Embroidery & Embellishment for Teens Age 12-17 Yrs With Sophie Carr ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join textile tutor Sophie Carr for a fun and inspiring workshop that explores simple but effective hand embroidery and embellishment techniques to brighten and enliven your existing denim clothing. You will learn a range of hand stitches and creative sequin and beading techniques that will transform your wardrobe! WHAT TO BRING An item of denim clothing - jeans/jacket/shirt/shorts/skirt etc. If you do not have anything suitable for the workshop, we suggest purchasing something from your local charity shop. All sewing equipment and embellishment materials, including threads, beads, sequins etc will be provided in the workshop. ABOUT THE TUTOR Sophie Carr is a textiles professional with a background specialising in embroidery. After gaining a BA (Hons) in Textiles & Surface Design from Buckinghamshire New University, Sophie won 1st place in the international embroidery competition the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery. Sophie then went on to work for Hand & Lock, a 250 year old embroidery studio providing embroidery for the Royal Family and iconic fashion houses, for eight years running the prestigious Prize for Embroidery competition - highlighting and showcasing top emerging fashion and textile designers from around the world.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Introduction to Oil Painting

Thu 31 Oct 10am - 1pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP An oil painting beginners’ workshop for those wanting to learn more about working with oil paint. This will also be an intro to the basics of drawing, colour mixing and application. We will start with how to draw what we see, then move into colour mixing with a limited palette and then applying that to the drawing. The class will be 3 hours and all are welcome. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Students should wear appropriate clothing that may get paint on it. ABOUT THE TUTOR Lizzy is a representational contemporary artist working predominantly in Oils. She obtained a degree in Art History in the United States and then spent many years studying from various mentors and teachers, classical atelier training and workshops from well known world re known artists. She has shown in prestigious exhibitions in London such as the ING Discerning eye, Green & Stone Summer exhibition and in and around Oxford and Buckinghamshire. She has a passion for helping others in their creative journeys WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided and are included in the workshop fee.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Theatre

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' (1-2 Nov)

After the recent death of an anarchist in police custody, the Metropolitan Police are feeling on edge. In steps a man only known as ‘The Maniac’, who inveigles his way into the police station and leads his own inquiry into the death, causing chaos as the Superintendent and his men desperately try and cover their backs. First written in the 1970’s and brought right up to date for a barnstorming run last year in London’s West End, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist is a hilarious satire taking aim at the police, government, and each and every one of us. A rallying cry against injustice, this show will have you creased up with laughter and questioning your life choices in equal measure. ACCESS The matinee on Sat 2 November will be accompanied by a BSL interpreter. AGE RESTRICTION This performance contains adult themes and very strong language, so we recommend a minimum age of 16. Written by Dario Fo and Franco Rama, in a new version by Tom Basden. And amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Exploring Charcoal (One-day class)

Fri 8 Nov 10am-3pm Charcoal is a wonderfully expressive, versatile and atmospheric drawing medium. Get hands on and explore what it can do in this experimental and relaxed workshop with Liz Cotgreave. Suitable for all levels of experience. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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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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Textiles

Stitch Panel Inspired by Van Gogh

Tue 12 Nov 10.30am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Van Gogh wished to make art that would depict the extraordinary nature of ordinary objects, people and places. Be inspired by his vibrant colour combinations and surface textures that suggest movement, energy and depth. The mark making seen in this popular artist’s paintings translates beautifully into stitched surfaces. Suitable for all levels. ABOUT THE TUTOR Janet has a passion for drawing and stitching the infinite detail of organic surfaces. Drawing is fundamental to her practice and visual research is the means through which she develops practical work. With experience in ceramics, art and design, Janet constructs with fabric and thread, to create both 2D and 3D pieces. This process of making advances slowly over time, giving space to evaluate and adjust technique when necessary. The building blocks of countryside and organic structures develop slowly too, with weathering and seasonal adjustment adding variety and inspiration. Janet is an experienced tutor delivering courses throughout the UK. She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and the author of four books on Embroidery.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Quiz Night

Fish & Chip Quiz Night (Sat 30 Nov)

Saturday 30 November 7pm Quiz nights are back! Tuck into tasty fish and chips and then test the little grey cells! Hosts Grace & Faye will be setting the questions at this special fundraising event. Teams of 6 people max. Ticket holders will be contacted to confirm their food order - vegetarian option available.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live 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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Keith James - The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Keith James in concert The Songs of Leonard Cohen Sat 11 Jan 8pm These remarkable songs - stripped back, honest, naked and sensual. ‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his song ANTHEM. If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty and indulgence with the stroke of each word. The very beginning of Leonard Cohen as a songwriter happened during the 1960’s on the Greek Island of Hydra where he met Marianne Ihlen, the love of his life. He was spending his time on Hydra writing a novel and a collection of poetry; it was Marianne who encouraged him to turn many of the poems into songs; Bird on a Wire being the most notable. The chilling announcement of Leonard's death marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own vulnerability. Our World misses him very much. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts to more than 200,000 people. This has proved to be ‘life changing’ and one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 50 year career in music.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Confident - The Tour

Fri 17 Jan 8pm A laugh-a-minute variety show that combines live music, comedy, magic, prize bingo and more into one hilarious night of live entertainment.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Burretti - The Lost Show

Fri 24 Jan & Sat 25 Jan 7.30pm Set in a 1970s TV show interview format this theatre production portrays the fascinating tale of Freddie Burretti, David Bowie’s close friend and key early 1970s Ziggy Stardust costume designer.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Raising the Surface with Stitch

Sat 1 Feb 10.30am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP This workshop explores surface texture using raised stitch techniques. There are many options from simple couching to more complex stitches that mix whipping, knotting and weaving to achieve the desired effect. Manipulating the background fabric can also be employed to add a raised surface into which further stitching can be worked. Working by hand, we will master a few of these exciting methods to create a rich and textured effect. ABOUT THE TUTOR Janet has a passion for drawing and stitching the infinite detail of organic surfaces. Drawing is fundamental to her practice and visual research is the means through which she develops practical work. With experience in ceramics, art and design, Janet constructs with fabric and thread, to create both 2D and 3D pieces. This process of making advances slowly over time, giving space to evaluate and adjust technique when necessary. The building blocks of countryside and organic structures develop slowly too, with weathering and seasonal adjustment adding variety and inspiration. Janet is an experienced tutor delivering courses throughout the UK. She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and the author of four books on Embroidery

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Landscape Drawing with Charcoal

Fri 7 Feb 10am-3pm Using landscape as inspiration, explore new ways to use charcoal, learn tricks for getting started, and develop your own drawings with Liz Cotgreave. Suitable for all levels of experience. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Encore

Fri 7 Feb & Sat 8 Feb 8pm Written by Dario Knight Produced by Unbound A haunting new one-act play from the writer of the acclaimed ‘Regency Theatre Trilogy’. Comedy star Sidney Braithwaite died a long time ago. His films are no longer shown, his blue plaques have been struck down, and his name is spoken only in dark corners and Netflix true crime series. The world moved on from ‘Simply Sid’, but all things that pass are destined to be revisited. The head of a failing film studio has a plan to bring Braithwaite back through the murky realm of AI, using the controversial fallen star to revive his company’s fortunes. However, not everyone clamors to see Simply Sid’s encore performance. His daughter Louise is on a mission to stop the studio from making the film – but she’s about to find that her father left far more than bad memories behind when he last left the stage… Praise for ‘The Regency Theatre Trilogy’: “What an amazing evening! I cried I laughed then cried some more. The plays were all so well written…it’s a night I won’t forget for a long time.” “So so clever; the concept, the writing, the set, tech and delivered brilliantly by awesome actors... you must go see.” “A very highly professional, quality play in all departments: writing, acting, directing.”

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Music

Coda

Sat 15 Feb 8pm CODA - a Tribute to Led Zeppelin are Europe's most authentic and exciting Led Zeppelin tribute band, replicating the power, excitement and magic of a Led Zeppelin show like no other. They are the only proper four-piece Zep tribute band in Europe that looks and sounds as close to the real thing as possible, featuring authentic-looking and sounding instruments as well as incredible, hand- made replica costumes that will take you back to the time when the Gods of Rock ruled the world! Every show features a fantastic selection from classic Led Zeppelin songs such as Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Black Dog, as well as Led Zeppelin live rarities such as When the Levee Breaks, Ramble On, Wanton Song and much more. The band can also perform a wide variety of Led Zeppelin's acoustic songs such as Going to California and That's the Way and every year CODA add more and more new songs to their repertoire. CODA's show takes its inspiration from the studio recordings, as well as official (and unofficial!) live recordings to bring you the best of all facets of Led Zeppelin. If you like your Led Zeppelin tribute band with big hair, all the stage moves and excitement of the original band, an incredible attention to detail unrivalled by any other Led Zeppelin tribute band, a singer with all the range and power of Robert Plant, a guitarist with all the riffs and groove of Jimmy Page, a drummer with the feel and power of John Bonham and a multi- instrumental bassist like John Paul Jones, this is the Led Zeppelin tribute band for you!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Mim Grey (28 Feb)

Mim Grey - "The Garden of Me Tour" Join us for an unforgettable evening with the illustrious Mim Grey, as she returns to the stage with her long-awaited third album, "The Garden of Me." This album was co-produced with legendary guitarist Robbie McIntosh, known for his work with The Pretenders, Norah Jones, John Mayer, and Paul McCartney. Reflecting on the recording process, Mim shared, "Creating 'Garden of Me' was a truly magical experience. Collaborating with Robbie McIntosh and the production team allowed us to channel the essence of the songs seamlessly. The result is an album of music that speaks from the heart, and I am thrilled to share it with the world." Now, Mim is eager to bring these new songs to the stage, where her heartfelt performances and captivating presence promise to create an enchanting live experience for all who attend. Born and raised in North London, Mim has captivated audiences globally as the singer of choice for many noted bands and musicians. Music icons like Sir Tom Jones and Michael Ball have praised her, with Jones calling her his favourite singer and Ball declaring her "the most beautiful voice to come out of the UK in a very long time." Don't miss the chance to experience Mim Grey live on "The Garden of Me Tour" at the Limelight Theatre. Be prepared for an evening of soul-stirring music from an artist who truly sings from the heart. www.mimgrey.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The Atomic Prune

Sat 1 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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