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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'An Ideal Husband' Rehearsed Reading (4 Feb)

Oscar Wilde's classic play is brought to life by our award-winning storytelling comany Unbound, as a rehearsed reading. Sir Robert Chiltern MP and his wife Lady Gertrude are hosting a dinner party. However, one of the guests has designs to blackmail the honourable member of parliament. For Sir Robert has been keeping secrets, and the truth will out... Stripped back to jus the words on the page, this script-in-hand production gives every line of Wilde's witty and wry exploration of political corruption a chance to shine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Inspector Murder Inspects...' (23 Jun)

Unbound Theatre's riotously-funny sleuthing audio sitcom jumps from recording studio to stage. In Victorian London there is one man people turn to when faced with an impossible mystery. The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. And when Holmes is too busy to help, Inspector Murder takes up the mantle! Come and revel in the fantastically funny misadventures of the second-best consulting detective agency, including the eponymous Inspector, his fellow sleuth Laura Norder, their genius inventor and bondsman Luc Vercluse, and thoroughly unhinged housekeeper Constance Urveillence. Join the cast and crew as they perform a live reading of two episodes from the show's furst season, including an infamous misadventure aboard a speeding train... Suitable for ages 16+

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Much Ado About Nothing' (14-15 Jul)

Unbound Theatre present their latest Shakespeare tour, bringing the Bard’s work to audiences across Buckinghamshire! When former lovers Beatrice and Benedick are reunited in Messina, a merry war begins. At the same time, Count Claudio is about to meet the love of his life - but not everyone in the city wishes the union well... 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! The production will debut for two nights here at QPAC before heading out and about on tour, including dates at Waddesdon Manor and Wycombe Museum. Full dates and times will be available soon at www.unboundtheatre.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Peter Pan - Christmas in Neverland' (Panto 2023)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 8 Dec (7.30pm), Sat 9 Dec (5.30pm) & Fri 15 Dec (7.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 9 Dec (1pm) & Fri 29 Dec (7.30pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 17 Dec (5:30pm) Directed by Erika Sanderson | Written by Dario Knight | Music by Stephen J Davies Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning! Queens Park Arts Centre celebrates the 40th birthday of its Limelight Theatre by staging a magical pantomime adventure with Peter Pan. Some years have passed since Wendy Darling and her brothers said goodbye to Peter Pan. Now he’s back! Magic is disappearing from Neverland. Peter needs Wendy’s help – but neither of them is quite the person the other remembers. Only Christmas itself can restore the magic, but is it already too late? Alongside a cast of pratfalling pirates, lively Lost Boys and wonderful Wild Girls, Peter and Wendy embark on a magical adventure – but a terrifying foe lurks in the shadows. This year’s pantomime show is packed full of rib-tickling slapstick routines, amazing dances and songs, and beautiful handmade sets, costumes, props and puppets from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. 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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Spontaneous Stories' (27 May)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. This special show features the talents of our own Unbound Storytellers, alongside the brilliant AdLibretto team! The Unbound Storytellers have been enchanting audiences since 2014, having presented more than 100 different projects across stage, screen and soundwaves! In this show they'll be creating brand new tales inspired by audience suggestions, in all manner of different genres! Stories span epic adventures and intimate solo yarns, all in Unbound's own inimitable style. AdLibretto creates one-off original musicals inspired by the life and childhood dreams of a member of the audience. Created in Spring 2022, it quickly established itself as one of London’s most successful impro groups, performing 25 musicals in 2022. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Unbound Storytellers' (4 Mar)

Over the last two years, the Unbound Storytellers have been travelling across the county entertaining audiences with stories inspired by where they live. Now they’re heading home to QPAC’s Limelight Theatre to share stories old and new in a very special show for all ages. Featuring short stories commissioned for all manner of different places and events, alongside brand-new improvised tales inspired by audience suggestions, an evening with Unbound Storytellers is and uplifting entertainment for everyone!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'When You're Ready' (7-8 Apr)

A new one-act play by Dario Knight. Claire Jameson is directing a revival of little-known musical ‘Jolly Joyce’, and rehearsals aren’t going well… The actors are mixing work and pleasure; the stage manager’s not happy with the venue; and a surprise guest in the rehearsal room stirs up some unwelcome history. Claire is known as a formidable director, but there are some scenes you can’t command your way out of, and this particular production is forty years in the making… From the writer of ‘Funny Voices’ and ‘Retreat’, ‘When You’re Ready’ concludes a themed trilogy of plays exploring the nature of stories and those who tell them. Praise for ‘Funny Voices’ and ‘Retreat’: "This deserves to be in the West End" "Beautifully written and produced" "A better way to welcome audiences back to the theatre, there could not be"

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Band Called Malice (23 Sep)

Come and seee the band live to witness a show which will take you back to the late seventies and early eighties when The Jam played as one of the most iconic and influential bands in music history. If you like The Jam then you will love A Band Called Malice and are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening for all the right reasons! In 2017, A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band. A band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up. Finding musicians to do this was not an easy task as the people in the band had to be of exceptional standard, able to sing, able to commit, love The Jam, and of course be fit and agile enough to reproduce the live performance of Weller, Foxton and Buckler. Andy turned to Jo Adams from Their Music Rocks, a promotional agency, and together they searched fior the right band members and, after a year of auditions and rehearsals, they finally settled on the superb line up to make up A Band Called Malice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Head Full of Coldplay

A Celebration of the Music of Coldplay; capturing the sound and energy of one of the biggest bands in the world. Featuring the hits and many surprises for all fans of Coldplay. -- “Brilliant musicians! Great Sound! Thank you so much.” - Sara Shipp “Great Evening Will certainly come again!” - Di Humber “You guys were IMMENSE.” - Raptorneet “Great evening and well done for recreating the Coldplay sound.” - Mark Baber

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

This is a weekly class running on Saturdays during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 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 liguistics to beging learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-liguist who has volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of gouse 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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Pottery, Sunday Specials

An Introduction to Kintsugi (12 Feb)

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm from the date listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken objects with gold. Behind this philosophical repair technique is the intention not to hide the damage that life may bring, or to discard something that is broken. Instead it is important to embrace, highlight and show the process of healing, mending or bringing elements together to become a new and more honest form, embracing the scars, reflecting the history, and honouring the item's flaws, making it unique. WHAT TO BRING This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about Kintsugi, some terminology and meanings associated with the different techniques, before having the chance to practice using a couple of different methods. Please note, we will not be using the traditional method, instead we will be using an epoxy glue, and have a choice of coloured gold or silver to work with. You will be provided with an item to work on as part of the day's workshop, but do bring any broken ceramic items if you are happy to have a go at repairing them. They do need to be complete items with all of the pieces. (Please do not bring an item of real value, as mistakes are likely to occur.) This is a day-long class and will include a lunch break and short breaks for coffee and cake from the arts centre café bar. Please bring your own lunch, or we can direct you to supermarkets within 5 – 10 minutes’ walking distance of Queens Park. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helen Neighbour is an experienced ceramicist and artist, she teaches regularly at Queens Park.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Dance, Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workout for Women (Weekly Class)

A weekly class running on Tuesdays, 11am-11.45am 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 have been since childhood and believes that dance is the best form of exercise which not only improves physical health but also mental wellbeing. She has experience in delivering Bollywood dance sessions, which includes delivery of innovative forms of dancing mixed with exercises. She has experience in teaching 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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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2022 DATES ) 9 February - Kristin Hannah, "The Great Alone" 9 March -

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (10 Feb, 10 Mar, 14 Apr)

A brand new regular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINDSEY SANTORO VICTOR DANIELS ASH FRITH * FRIDAY 10 MARCH (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) TBC JENNY LAVILLE MICHAEL LEGGE * FRIDAY 14 APRIL (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) TBC PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Quiz Night

Fish & Chip Quiz Night (20 May)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Floyd in the Flesh (10 Jun)

From the psychedelic ‘60s through to the polished delivery of their later work, Floyd in the Flesh as deeply passionate about the music of Pink Floyd, and pride themselves on delivering an authentic sound and show every time. In 2023 ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ turns 50 years old, and Floyd in the Flesh will be celebrating by performing the album in its entirety as well as a wealth of greatest hits and fan favourites, in a brand-new show which is a complete experience for all the senses. Featuring some of the country’s most talented musicians and a spellbinding light show, this is the performance Pink Floyd fans won’t want to miss.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Harmonies on Handbells (Fortnightly Class)

This workshop runs on selected dates during term time - see below for upcoming dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Come along and learn to ring on this unique and historic collection of handbells representing the work of many bell foundries. The workshops are open to all adults. THe workshop will cover: (a) how to make music with handbells. (b) how to read a series of numbers and how these translate into music. (c) the art and pleasure of ringing as part of a group. (d) a brief history of the unique set of bells and their origins and (e) a brief history of the Launton Handbell Ringers. ABOUT THE TUTORS The Launton Handbell Ringers were formed 70 years ago and so have vast knowledge of ringing handbells in the “four-in-hand” style. The team Leader has been with the team for 67 years and two other members of the team also have 50+ years ringing knowledge.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Indignation (11 Feb)

Join virtual band OverSoul & The Architects of Passion as they officially launch their album 'Indigntation' (release date 27 January 2023) live at the Limelight Theatre. An evening of interactive, engaging original music with several surprises and positive energy guaranteed!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

John Otway Band (6 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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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Knitting for Beginners and Improvers (5-week course)

Five Week Course, 7pm - 9pm on Mondays from 27th February ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Our Successful beginner/improver knitter class provides a fantastic opportunity for you to learn to knit or to polish up your basic knitting skills. It is suitable for all those who want to learn to knit or can already knit a little. All techniques required for accomplished knitting will be taught on an individual basis If you are an accomplished knitter with a variety of knitting skills already under your belt the Wednesday knitting club will be more suitable for you. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education. A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs. WHAT TO BRING The course fee includes equipment and materials you need to get off to a good start with your knitting, these will be provided by your tutor. As you progress you may wish to by some of your own materials, your tutor will be able to advise you on this.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. TUESDAY TUTORED CLASS with Ellie Kirkup | 7pm-9.30pm (Term-time) This class is open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. SATURDAY UNTUTORED CLASS | 10am-12.30pm (Term-time) Whether you’re a beginner starting out or you’ve been coming to Life drawing classes for years; all are welcome at the Saturday Morning Life Drawing. We are an untutored group that gives members the opportunity to work with highly professional models in various poses. The class runs in 2 halves with a coffee break in between. The first includes 5, 10, 15 minute poses and the second is a long singular pose. We are a group made up of people who simply enjoy life drawing and although the class not tutored, there is plenty of help on hand from within the group, with tips, hints and the odd extra medium, if you need it. Our aim is to give the opportunity to experience life drawing and develop skills in an supportive environment. Why not come along and give it a try. WHAT TO BRING (Both Sessions) While easels and drawing boards are provided, attendees are asked to bring your own mediums but what you use it down to you. E.g. pencil, charcoal, inks or paints on paper, canvas or panels (a good range is available from the QPAC shop).

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Music

Long Road Home (18 Mar)

Following a tragedy that struck blues/rock band ‘Storm Warning’, founder ‘SW’ members, bassist Derek White and keyboard player Ian Salisbury, had a chance meeting with guitarist Steve Summers and vocalist Mike Sebbage, both from recording project ‘Rien de Faire’ and work began on putting together the new band. With the addition of drummer Dave Norman, the Long Road Home line-up was complete. After a very successful debut appearance at The Cambridge Rock Festival, Long Road Home have been in the recording studio and at the Limelight Theatre gig, they will be showcasing songs from their debut album scheduled to be released this Spring . Although new to the scene in 2022, Long Road Home can boast years of collective touring and recording experience going back to the '70s. Members of the band have more recently played with members of Gary Moore's band and with Bernie Marsden, John Verity, Larry Miller, Storm Warning amongst many others. The band have their roots firmly planted in the blues/rock genre and have created a unique style that also blends jazz and soulful elements into their music. You can expect to hear fresh original blues rock and blues influenced tunes as well as a few classics which may include songs from Jethro Tull, Humble Pie and Whitesnake. Find out more about the band by visiting their website or following them on Facebook. Photo Credit - Lawrence Harvey

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Meditation (Weekly Class)

Weekly class running on Thursdays, 10am-11am, during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this workshop you will experience the peace and tranquillity which lies within us through different guided meditation techniques. You will also learn some easy yogic exercises, chants and breathing techniques that will help you to settle down and prepare yourself for meditation. This workshop welcomes beginners. ABOUT THE TUTOR Gargi is a meditation and yoga teacher at The Art of Living organization founded by H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been volunteering and teaching the stress-releasing yogic techniques for past 7 years. Gargi is also a 400-hours trained yoga teacher from India. WHAT TO BRING - Mat / yoga mat / cushion if one wish to sit on the floor - A bottle of drinking water - Small towel DATES 2022 September 8th : Meditation on the 5 sheaths of our existence September 15th : Aura Meditation September 22nd: Om chanting and Meditation September 29th : Yogasanas and Meditation on the Chakras October 6th : Meditation on the chakras October 13th : Meditation on Mooladhar Chakra October 20th : Suryanamaskar followed by Lying down Meditation (health condition will be noted) October 27th : Suryanamaskar (health condition will be noted) followed by Meditation for health and well-being. All sessions will have pranayamas / supporting breathing exercises. Participants must bring their yoga mat/ comforter/ something to spread on the floor to lie down and to wrap up if required. We request you to pre-book your seat.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Theatre

Murder in Writing (31 Mar - 1 Apr)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1929 Fanshaw and Henderson Publishers suffer the loss of one of their partners. Needing to replace him and his secretaries, Joseph has to act fast to keep things going. He brings in family members of his late partner but soon realises this comes with its own problems. He couldn’t predict that when they all have to decide about publishing a most controversial book, whichever decision is made, there will those that are very unhappy. And unhappy enough to commit murder. At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as a team at their table to submit their first guess as to who the murderer is. After act two, they get their final chance to say ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the event is for the audience to sit back and enjoy a full length play. No questions are directed at any cast members and they do not mix with the audience. The team with the most points wins a prize. Discounts: Make a saving by booking a table of 6 or 8 people! The cast and crew are kindly donating the proceeds from the show to Queens Park Arts Centre’s ongoing fundraising appeal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Needle Felting Landscapes & Seascapes (Half-day course)

A one-off half-day workshop running on multiple dates during the autumn term. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for beginners or those wishing to brush up on needle felting techniques. You will create a 15cm X 15cm needle felted wool picture, (landscape or beach scene), with hand stitching . We will focus on how to use the tools safely and blending dyed wool fibres to achieve depth and perspective. Iron on fabric stabiliser will be used to secure the work. At the end of the session, you will take home your own unique artwork ready for framing. ABOUT THE TUTOR Marie is a second career, self taught fibre artist with a passion for wool crafts. There’s always something new to learn! She enjoys participating in art fairs and exhibitions. These include MS Centre Pop Up Art Weekend, Longwick Art Show, Sally Evans Events, Thame Art Crawl, Chiltern Made Craft Fair. WHAT TO BRING All materials and tools included in the course price.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Open Art Studio (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (22 Apr)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - graba drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot, or three songs. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (9 Jun)

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!. Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Phil Beer (3 Feb)

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award-winningacoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery Glazing (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

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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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by Laura Peacock. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Hats (2-week course)

This course runs for two consecutive weekly sessions from the start date/time listed below. ABOUT THE COURSE In this course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic. Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make a simple hat. No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed including usual natural dyes, where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the hats. The second week will be involved with shaping your hat on a sized hat block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat. All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades. WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all raw materials needed to complete the course. You will need to also bring: - A pair of comfortable scissors - A thimble if you like to use one

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Lampshade

This is a one-day class, running from 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a perfectly lovely small lamp at home that would like a raffia facelift?  Perhaps you just love the look of raffia in your home as an interiors material – why not, what’s not to love?  Now is your chance to create your own bespoke raffia lampshade. Choose from a variety of styles, see below for inspiration. If you like to up-cycle, this is the workshop for you.  Why not buy a lampshade bargain from a charity shop and give it a raffia make over? In this workshop you will have the chance to experience the joy of working with raffia, learn new techniques and different styles and take home a lamp that has just enjoyed a lovely raffia face-lift. All raffia is supplied,  and if you have a small table lamp with a shade at home then please bring along. Otherwise there will be a small lampshade available for students to purchase and work on – please note that this may be a charity shop purchase. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Skamungas (24 June)

A night with the Skamungas is a night not to be missed! If you thought you didn’t like ska and reggae this band might well change your mind, or even your life, with their infectious enthusiasm and unique take on those instantly recognisable ska and reggae standards. Expect a musical jaunt through the history of ska and reggae – do you know the difference? From 60s Caribbean artists such as Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, through the 70s with Dave and Ansell Collins and the wonderful songs of 80s bands Madness, The Selecter, The Specials, and Bad Manners. Then on to the 90s and Reel Big Fish, and more recently, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Paolo Nutini. Just to name a few! And that’s not all. The band in ska/reggae tradition takes classic pop and rock songs and feeds them through the Skamungas machine to be performed as though always intended as ska or reggae numbers. Their ska rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a particular favourite as is “These Boots Were Made for Walking”, yes, the Nancy Sinatra number! In 2017 some very talented musicians from across the Home Counties came together to do something different. Skamungas was formed and rapidly achieved a great live reputation evidenced by headlining Astonbury 2017, their first festival, and Live In The Park 2018 in Aylesbury before 10,000+ people. The band was selected from hundreds of contenders to play PennFest 2018, on the bill with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder and Manic Street Preachers. 2019 was a triumph of sell out dates, the band now playing far and wide across Southern England, continuing to headline festivals and being courted by ever bigger venues and clubs stretching from the south coast up through London to the Midlands. With a terrific brass section of trombone and tenor sax, driving drums and bass, rhythmic guitar and keyboards, harmonised backing vocals and a lead vocalist to die for, Skamungas is set to achieve even greater things. Please note, this will be a seated gig. Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (25 Mar)

‘Unlock Me & Other Lockdown Laments’ In a brand new one man show Steve will perform material that surfaced over two years of isolation and inactivity. Songs such as the ‘Bristol Slaver’ and ‘You’ll Get By’ were refreshed by headlines and current affairs whilst classic covers such as ‘Forever Young’ and ‘The Boys of Summer’ struck a chord with the thousands that tuned in to his hours of online content. Insights, anecdotes and a bunch of new songs will attempt to chronicle and draw a line under an extra episode in all our lives.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

The Dung Beatles (14 Oct)

“…If I’d closed my eyes, I would have thought it was The Beatles…fantastic!” Review from 2019 Friars Club show at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Described by The British Beatles Fan club as “definitely not your average Beatles band”, since 2013 The Dung Beatles have carved out a unique reputation for performing the music of The Beatles with authenticity, passion and raw energy to sell-out audiences around the UK. Today, live shows draw on an incredible repertoire of over a hundred songs, including both hits and rarely heard album tracks, that have also made the band popular guests on BBC. “A must-see band for all Beatles fans”.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The KT Bush Band (1 Jul)

The KT Bush Band were formed in 1977 and featured Brian Bath on guitar, Del Palmer on bass, Vic King on drums and a young female singer called Kate Bush. The band gigged throughout London and the South of the U.K. playing many of Kate’s original tunes alongside some classic covers, and Brian went on not only to perform on four of her early hit albums, but also the original Tour Of Life, Kate’s only ever tour. Now the band are back, with original member Brian Bath at the helm and featuring Steve Bevan on bass, Emily Francis on keyboards, Pete Turtle on drums and the sensational Sallie-Anne Hurst on vocals. Classic Kate Bush songs are the order of the day, alongside a few never-heard-before originals from back in the day, all intertwined with entertaining and sometimes hilarious anecdotes from the gentlemen that were there to help launch Kate’s hugely successful career back in the day. A show not to be missed - this is not a tribute band. This is The KT Bush Band.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Totally Blondie (25 Feb)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Totally Blondie. Since forming early in 2018, Totally Blondie have rapidly gained a reputation as the best Blondie tribute band in the UK! Unlike so many tribute acts, this is a pro band who are passionate about the music they play, and have built their reputation on the back of full-on, no-holds-barred live gigs where they totally play their hearts out … Blondie were one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s & 80’s, with posters of Debbie Harry adorning most teenagers’ walls, and they’ve continued turning out hits and great music right up to 2017’s Pollinator album. People of all ages, not just hardcore fans, know and love songs like Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another, Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Denis and all the other famous chart-toppers. And Totally Blondie make sure these fantastic tunes sound as fresh and exciting today as they did back then. With a stunning lookalike and soundalike singer, an exceptional, professional live band, their full-on, passionate performances are winning over audiences up and down the country. So, come along and relive those classic moments – it’s totally authentic … it’s totally awesome … it’s Totally Blondie! All proceeds from this event to Dementia UK. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Totally Blondie Website Dementia UK Website

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Voodoo Room (11 Mar)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'An Ideal Husband' Rehearsed Reading (4 Feb)

Oscar Wilde's classic play is brought to life by our award-winning storytelling comany Unbound, as a rehearsed reading. Sir Robert Chiltern MP and his wife Lady Gertrude are hosting a dinner party. However, one of the guests has designs to blackmail the honourable member of parliament. For Sir Robert has been keeping secrets, and the truth will out... Stripped back to jus the words on the page, this script-in-hand production gives every line of Wilde's witty and wry exploration of political corruption a chance to shine.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Inspector Murder Inspects...' (23 Jun)

Unbound Theatre's riotously-funny sleuthing audio sitcom jumps from recording studio to stage. In Victorian London there is one man people turn to when faced with an impossible mystery. The Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. And when Holmes is too busy to help, Inspector Murder takes up the mantle! Come and revel in the fantastically funny misadventures of the second-best consulting detective agency, including the eponymous Inspector, his fellow sleuth Laura Norder, their genius inventor and bondsman Luc Vercluse, and thoroughly unhinged housekeeper Constance Urveillence. Join the cast and crew as they perform a live reading of two episodes from the show's furst season, including an infamous misadventure aboard a speeding train... Suitable for ages 16+

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Much Ado About Nothing' (14-15 Jul)

Unbound Theatre present their latest Shakespeare tour, bringing the Bard’s work to audiences across Buckinghamshire! When former lovers Beatrice and Benedick are reunited in Messina, a merry war begins. At the same time, Count Claudio is about to meet the love of his life - but not everyone in the city wishes the union well... 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! The production will debut for two nights here at QPAC before heading out and about on tour, including dates at Waddesdon Manor and Wycombe Museum. Full dates and times will be available soon at www.unboundtheatre.co.uk

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Peter Pan - Christmas in Neverland' (Panto 2023)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 8 Dec (7.30pm), Sat 9 Dec (5.30pm) & Fri 15 Dec (7.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 9 Dec (1pm) & Fri 29 Dec (7.30pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 17 Dec (5:30pm) Directed by Erika Sanderson | Written by Dario Knight | Music by Stephen J Davies Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning! Queens Park Arts Centre celebrates the 40th birthday of its Limelight Theatre by staging a magical pantomime adventure with Peter Pan. Some years have passed since Wendy Darling and her brothers said goodbye to Peter Pan. Now he’s back! Magic is disappearing from Neverland. Peter needs Wendy’s help – but neither of them is quite the person the other remembers. Only Christmas itself can restore the magic, but is it already too late? Alongside a cast of pratfalling pirates, lively Lost Boys and wonderful Wild Girls, Peter and Wendy embark on a magical adventure – but a terrifying foe lurks in the shadows. This year’s pantomime show is packed full of rib-tickling slapstick routines, amazing dances and songs, and beautiful handmade sets, costumes, props and puppets from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. 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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Unbound Theatre, Live Theatre, Live Comedy

'Spontaneous Stories' (27 May)

Get ready for a night of improvised spontaneous storytelling. This special show features the talents of our own Unbound Storytellers, alongside the brilliant AdLibretto team! The Unbound Storytellers have been enchanting audiences since 2014, having presented more than 100 different projects across stage, screen and soundwaves! In this show they'll be creating brand new tales inspired by audience suggestions, in all manner of different genres! Stories span epic adventures and intimate solo yarns, all in Unbound's own inimitable style. AdLibretto creates one-off original musicals inspired by the life and childhood dreams of a member of the audience. Created in Spring 2022, it quickly established itself as one of London’s most successful impro groups, performing 25 musicals in 2022. This performance is presented by our in-house production company Unbound.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Unbound Storytellers' (4 Mar)

Over the last two years, the Unbound Storytellers have been travelling across the county entertaining audiences with stories inspired by where they live. Now they’re heading home to QPAC’s Limelight Theatre to share stories old and new in a very special show for all ages. Featuring short stories commissioned for all manner of different places and events, alongside brand-new improvised tales inspired by audience suggestions, an evening with Unbound Storytellers is and uplifting entertainment for everyone!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'When You're Ready' (7-8 Apr)

A new one-act play by Dario Knight. Claire Jameson is directing a revival of little-known musical ‘Jolly Joyce’, and rehearsals aren’t going well… The actors are mixing work and pleasure; the stage manager’s not happy with the venue; and a surprise guest in the rehearsal room stirs up some unwelcome history. Claire is known as a formidable director, but there are some scenes you can’t command your way out of, and this particular production is forty years in the making… From the writer of ‘Funny Voices’ and ‘Retreat’, ‘When You’re Ready’ concludes a themed trilogy of plays exploring the nature of stories and those who tell them. Praise for ‘Funny Voices’ and ‘Retreat’: "This deserves to be in the West End" "Beautifully written and produced" "A better way to welcome audiences back to the theatre, there could not be"

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Band Called Malice (23 Sep)

Come and seee the band live to witness a show which will take you back to the late seventies and early eighties when The Jam played as one of the most iconic and influential bands in music history. If you like The Jam then you will love A Band Called Malice and are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening for all the right reasons! In 2017, A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band. A band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up. Finding musicians to do this was not an easy task as the people in the band had to be of exceptional standard, able to sing, able to commit, love The Jam, and of course be fit and agile enough to reproduce the live performance of Weller, Foxton and Buckler. Andy turned to Jo Adams from Their Music Rocks, a promotional agency, and together they searched fior the right band members and, after a year of auditions and rehearsals, they finally settled on the superb line up to make up A Band Called Malice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

A Head Full of Coldplay

A Celebration of the Music of Coldplay; capturing the sound and energy of one of the biggest bands in the world. Featuring the hits and many surprises for all fans of Coldplay. -- “Brilliant musicians! Great Sound! Thank you so much.” - Sara Shipp “Great Evening Will certainly come again!” - Di Humber “You guys were IMMENSE.” - Raptorneet “Great evening and well done for recreating the Coldplay sound.” - Mark Baber

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

This is a weekly class running on Saturdays during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 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 liguistics to beging learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-liguist who has volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of gouse 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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Pottery, Sunday Specials

An Introduction to Kintsugi (12 Feb)

A one-day workshop, running 10am-4pm from the date listed below. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken objects with gold. Behind this philosophical repair technique is the intention not to hide the damage that life may bring, or to discard something that is broken. Instead it is important to embrace, highlight and show the process of healing, mending or bringing elements together to become a new and more honest form, embracing the scars, reflecting the history, and honouring the item's flaws, making it unique. WHAT TO BRING This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about Kintsugi, some terminology and meanings associated with the different techniques, before having the chance to practice using a couple of different methods. Please note, we will not be using the traditional method, instead we will be using an epoxy glue, and have a choice of coloured gold or silver to work with. You will be provided with an item to work on as part of the day's workshop, but do bring any broken ceramic items if you are happy to have a go at repairing them. They do need to be complete items with all of the pieces. (Please do not bring an item of real value, as mistakes are likely to occur.) This is a day-long class and will include a lunch break and short breaks for coffee and cake from the arts centre café bar. Please bring your own lunch, or we can direct you to supermarkets within 5 – 10 minutes’ walking distance of Queens Park. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helen Neighbour is an experienced ceramicist and artist, she teaches regularly at Queens Park.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Dance, Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Bollywood Dance Workout for Women (Weekly Class)

A weekly class running on Tuesdays, 11am-11.45am 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 have been since childhood and believes that dance is the best form of exercise which not only improves physical health but also mental wellbeing. She has experience in delivering Bollywood dance sessions, which includes delivery of innovative forms of dancing mixed with exercises. She has experience in teaching 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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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2022 DATES ) 9 February - Kristin Hannah, "The Great Alone" 9 March -

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Comedy

Comedy Club (10 Feb, 10 Mar, 14 Apr)

A brand new regular comedy night at the Limelight Theatre. See below for upcoming dates / line-ups. FRIDAY 10 FEBRUARY (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) LINDSEY SANTORO VICTOR DANIELS ASH FRITH * FRIDAY 10 MARCH (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) TBC JENNY LAVILLE MICHAEL LEGGE * FRIDAY 14 APRIL (Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm) TBC PLEASE NOTE: All line-ups are subject to change

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Quiz Night

Fish & Chip Quiz Night (20 May)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Floyd in the Flesh (10 Jun)

From the psychedelic ‘60s through to the polished delivery of their later work, Floyd in the Flesh as deeply passionate about the music of Pink Floyd, and pride themselves on delivering an authentic sound and show every time. In 2023 ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ turns 50 years old, and Floyd in the Flesh will be celebrating by performing the album in its entirety as well as a wealth of greatest hits and fan favourites, in a brand-new show which is a complete experience for all the senses. Featuring some of the country’s most talented musicians and a spellbinding light show, this is the performance Pink Floyd fans won’t want to miss.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Harmonies on Handbells (Fortnightly Class)

This workshop runs on selected dates during term time - see below for upcoming dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Come along and learn to ring on this unique and historic collection of handbells representing the work of many bell foundries. The workshops are open to all adults. THe workshop will cover: (a) how to make music with handbells. (b) how to read a series of numbers and how these translate into music. (c) the art and pleasure of ringing as part of a group. (d) a brief history of the unique set of bells and their origins and (e) a brief history of the Launton Handbell Ringers. ABOUT THE TUTORS The Launton Handbell Ringers were formed 70 years ago and so have vast knowledge of ringing handbells in the “four-in-hand” style. The team Leader has been with the team for 67 years and two other members of the team also have 50+ years ringing knowledge.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Indignation (11 Feb)

Join virtual band OverSoul & The Architects of Passion as they officially launch their album 'Indigntation' (release date 27 January 2023) live at the Limelight Theatre. An evening of interactive, engaging original music with several surprises and positive energy guaranteed!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

John Otway Band (6 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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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Short Courses

Knitting for Beginners and Improvers (5-week course)

Five Week Course, 7pm - 9pm on Mondays from 27th February ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Our Successful beginner/improver knitter class provides a fantastic opportunity for you to learn to knit or to polish up your basic knitting skills. It is suitable for all those who want to learn to knit or can already knit a little. All techniques required for accomplished knitting will be taught on an individual basis If you are an accomplished knitter with a variety of knitting skills already under your belt the Wednesday knitting club will be more suitable for you. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda is a lifelong, talented knitter with advanced qualifications in adult education. A background in healthcare and student mentorship adds to her understanding of your individual support and learning needs. WHAT TO BRING The course fee includes equipment and materials you need to get off to a good start with your knitting, these will be provided by your tutor. As you progress you may wish to by some of your own materials, your tutor will be able to advise you on this.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. TUESDAY TUTORED CLASS with Ellie Kirkup | 7pm-9.30pm (Term-time) This class is open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. SATURDAY UNTUTORED CLASS | 10am-12.30pm (Term-time) Whether you’re a beginner starting out or you’ve been coming to Life drawing classes for years; all are welcome at the Saturday Morning Life Drawing. We are an untutored group that gives members the opportunity to work with highly professional models in various poses. The class runs in 2 halves with a coffee break in between. The first includes 5, 10, 15 minute poses and the second is a long singular pose. We are a group made up of people who simply enjoy life drawing and although the class not tutored, there is plenty of help on hand from within the group, with tips, hints and the odd extra medium, if you need it. Our aim is to give the opportunity to experience life drawing and develop skills in an supportive environment. Why not come along and give it a try. WHAT TO BRING (Both Sessions) While easels and drawing boards are provided, attendees are asked to bring your own mediums but what you use it down to you. E.g. pencil, charcoal, inks or paints on paper, canvas or panels (a good range is available from the QPAC shop).

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Music

Long Road Home (18 Mar)

Following a tragedy that struck blues/rock band ‘Storm Warning’, founder ‘SW’ members, bassist Derek White and keyboard player Ian Salisbury, had a chance meeting with guitarist Steve Summers and vocalist Mike Sebbage, both from recording project ‘Rien de Faire’ and work began on putting together the new band. With the addition of drummer Dave Norman, the Long Road Home line-up was complete. After a very successful debut appearance at The Cambridge Rock Festival, Long Road Home have been in the recording studio and at the Limelight Theatre gig, they will be showcasing songs from their debut album scheduled to be released this Spring . Although new to the scene in 2022, Long Road Home can boast years of collective touring and recording experience going back to the '70s. Members of the band have more recently played with members of Gary Moore's band and with Bernie Marsden, John Verity, Larry Miller, Storm Warning amongst many others. The band have their roots firmly planted in the blues/rock genre and have created a unique style that also blends jazz and soulful elements into their music. You can expect to hear fresh original blues rock and blues influenced tunes as well as a few classics which may include songs from Jethro Tull, Humble Pie and Whitesnake. Find out more about the band by visiting their website or following them on Facebook. Photo Credit - Lawrence Harvey

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Meditation (Weekly Class)

Weekly class running on Thursdays, 10am-11am, during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this workshop you will experience the peace and tranquillity which lies within us through different guided meditation techniques. You will also learn some easy yogic exercises, chants and breathing techniques that will help you to settle down and prepare yourself for meditation. This workshop welcomes beginners. ABOUT THE TUTOR Gargi is a meditation and yoga teacher at The Art of Living organization founded by H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been volunteering and teaching the stress-releasing yogic techniques for past 7 years. Gargi is also a 400-hours trained yoga teacher from India. WHAT TO BRING - Mat / yoga mat / cushion if one wish to sit on the floor - A bottle of drinking water - Small towel DATES 2022 September 8th : Meditation on the 5 sheaths of our existence September 15th : Aura Meditation September 22nd: Om chanting and Meditation September 29th : Yogasanas and Meditation on the Chakras October 6th : Meditation on the chakras October 13th : Meditation on Mooladhar Chakra October 20th : Suryanamaskar followed by Lying down Meditation (health condition will be noted) October 27th : Suryanamaskar (health condition will be noted) followed by Meditation for health and well-being. All sessions will have pranayamas / supporting breathing exercises. Participants must bring their yoga mat/ comforter/ something to spread on the floor to lie down and to wrap up if required. We request you to pre-book your seat.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Live Theatre

Murder in Writing (31 Mar - 1 Apr)

The latest murder mystery event, by Karen Banfield. In 1929 Fanshaw and Henderson Publishers suffer the loss of one of their partners. Needing to replace him and his secretaries, Joseph has to act fast to keep things going. He brings in family members of his late partner but soon realises this comes with its own problems. He couldn’t predict that when they all have to decide about publishing a most controversial book, whichever decision is made, there will those that are very unhappy. And unhappy enough to commit murder. At the end of act one, guests will be able to work as a team at their table to submit their first guess as to who the murderer is. After act two, they get their final chance to say ‘whodunnit’ and why. The format of the event is for the audience to sit back and enjoy a full length play. No questions are directed at any cast members and they do not mix with the audience. The team with the most points wins a prize. Discounts: Make a saving by booking a table of 6 or 8 people! The cast and crew are kindly donating the proceeds from the show to Queens Park Arts Centre’s ongoing fundraising appeal.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Needle Felting Landscapes & Seascapes (Half-day course)

A one-off half-day workshop running on multiple dates during the autumn term. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for beginners or those wishing to brush up on needle felting techniques. You will create a 15cm X 15cm needle felted wool picture, (landscape or beach scene), with hand stitching . We will focus on how to use the tools safely and blending dyed wool fibres to achieve depth and perspective. Iron on fabric stabiliser will be used to secure the work. At the end of the session, you will take home your own unique artwork ready for framing. ABOUT THE TUTOR Marie is a second career, self taught fibre artist with a passion for wool crafts. There’s always something new to learn! She enjoys participating in art fairs and exhibitions. These include MS Centre Pop Up Art Weekend, Longwick Art Show, Sally Evans Events, Thame Art Crawl, Chiltern Made Craft Fair. WHAT TO BRING All materials and tools included in the course price.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Open Art Studio (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Live Theatre, Live Comedy, Live Music

Open Mic Night (22 Apr)

Join us for the return of the QPAC Open Mic Night. Step onto the Limelight Theatre stage and share your talent with an appreciative crowd. Whether a musician, a magician, a comedian, a singer, a dancer, an actor or an all-rounder - all are welcome. Or - if you're happy away from the footlights - graba drink from the Limelight bar and come and enjoy a night of great local talent. Each act gets a 10-minute slot, or three songs. Cost of Entry is £5 for audience members and £3 for performers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Otway & Barrett (9 Jun)

This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has a new addition to his array of instruments. Beware the Moose Homp!!. Willy’s interest in making instruments began when he commandeered two guitars made by his dad in 1965. One from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank which became affectionally known as the Les Dawson, and the other branded the Mk1 Schitstik electric slide of similar pedigree. These instruments were used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free and Racing Cars) Was the Last Straw Tour of 2017 to be the end? Willy’s remark “this will be the last time that many of you will see us together again” was often hastily misinterpreted as the final throw of the dice, but the reason given “it’s not us packing up, it’s you lot dying off, you know who you are!” is often overlooked by eager scribes. And so the rumours abound. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Phil Beer (3 Feb)

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award-winningacoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery Glazing (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Glaze Studio

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

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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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by Laura Peacock. Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Hats (2-week course)

This course runs for two consecutive weekly sessions from the start date/time listed below. ABOUT THE COURSE In this course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic. Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make a simple hat. No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed including usual natural dyes, where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the hats. The second week will be involved with shaping your hat on a sized hat block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat. All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades. WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all raw materials needed to complete the course. You will need to also bring: - A pair of comfortable scissors - A thimble if you like to use one

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Lampshade

This is a one-day class, running from 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a perfectly lovely small lamp at home that would like a raffia facelift?  Perhaps you just love the look of raffia in your home as an interiors material – why not, what’s not to love?  Now is your chance to create your own bespoke raffia lampshade. Choose from a variety of styles, see below for inspiration. If you like to up-cycle, this is the workshop for you.  Why not buy a lampshade bargain from a charity shop and give it a raffia make over? In this workshop you will have the chance to experience the joy of working with raffia, learn new techniques and different styles and take home a lamp that has just enjoyed a lovely raffia face-lift. All raffia is supplied,  and if you have a small table lamp with a shade at home then please bring along. Otherwise there will be a small lampshade available for students to purchase and work on – please note that this may be a charity shop purchase. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Skamungas (24 June)

A night with the Skamungas is a night not to be missed! If you thought you didn’t like ska and reggae this band might well change your mind, or even your life, with their infectious enthusiasm and unique take on those instantly recognisable ska and reggae standards. Expect a musical jaunt through the history of ska and reggae – do you know the difference? From 60s Caribbean artists such as Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, through the 70s with Dave and Ansell Collins and the wonderful songs of 80s bands Madness, The Selecter, The Specials, and Bad Manners. Then on to the 90s and Reel Big Fish, and more recently, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Paolo Nutini. Just to name a few! And that’s not all. The band in ska/reggae tradition takes classic pop and rock songs and feeds them through the Skamungas machine to be performed as though always intended as ska or reggae numbers. Their ska rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a particular favourite as is “These Boots Were Made for Walking”, yes, the Nancy Sinatra number! In 2017 some very talented musicians from across the Home Counties came together to do something different. Skamungas was formed and rapidly achieved a great live reputation evidenced by headlining Astonbury 2017, their first festival, and Live In The Park 2018 in Aylesbury before 10,000+ people. The band was selected from hundreds of contenders to play PennFest 2018, on the bill with the likes of Kaiser Chiefs, Feeder and Manic Street Preachers. 2019 was a triumph of sell out dates, the band now playing far and wide across Southern England, continuing to headline festivals and being courted by ever bigger venues and clubs stretching from the south coast up through London to the Midlands. With a terrific brass section of trombone and tenor sax, driving drums and bass, rhythmic guitar and keyboards, harmonised backing vocals and a lead vocalist to die for, Skamungas is set to achieve even greater things. Please note, this will be a seated gig. Skamungas Follow Skamungas on Facebook.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Steve Knightley (25 Mar)

‘Unlock Me & Other Lockdown Laments’ In a brand new one man show Steve will perform material that surfaced over two years of isolation and inactivity. Songs such as the ‘Bristol Slaver’ and ‘You’ll Get By’ were refreshed by headlines and current affairs whilst classic covers such as ‘Forever Young’ and ‘The Boys of Summer’ struck a chord with the thousands that tuned in to his hours of online content. Insights, anecdotes and a bunch of new songs will attempt to chronicle and draw a line under an extra episode in all our lives.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

The Dung Beatles (14 Oct)

“…If I’d closed my eyes, I would have thought it was The Beatles…fantastic!” Review from 2019 Friars Club show at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Described by The British Beatles Fan club as “definitely not your average Beatles band”, since 2013 The Dung Beatles have carved out a unique reputation for performing the music of The Beatles with authenticity, passion and raw energy to sell-out audiences around the UK. Today, live shows draw on an incredible repertoire of over a hundred songs, including both hits and rarely heard album tracks, that have also made the band popular guests on BBC. “A must-see band for all Beatles fans”.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

The KT Bush Band (1 Jul)

The KT Bush Band were formed in 1977 and featured Brian Bath on guitar, Del Palmer on bass, Vic King on drums and a young female singer called Kate Bush. The band gigged throughout London and the South of the U.K. playing many of Kate’s original tunes alongside some classic covers, and Brian went on not only to perform on four of her early hit albums, but also the original Tour Of Life, Kate’s only ever tour. Now the band are back, with original member Brian Bath at the helm and featuring Steve Bevan on bass, Emily Francis on keyboards, Pete Turtle on drums and the sensational Sallie-Anne Hurst on vocals. Classic Kate Bush songs are the order of the day, alongside a few never-heard-before originals from back in the day, all intertwined with entertaining and sometimes hilarious anecdotes from the gentlemen that were there to help launch Kate’s hugely successful career back in the day. A show not to be missed - this is not a tribute band. This is The KT Bush Band.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Totally Blondie (25 Feb)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Totally Blondie. Since forming early in 2018, Totally Blondie have rapidly gained a reputation as the best Blondie tribute band in the UK! Unlike so many tribute acts, this is a pro band who are passionate about the music they play, and have built their reputation on the back of full-on, no-holds-barred live gigs where they totally play their hearts out … Blondie were one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s & 80’s, with posters of Debbie Harry adorning most teenagers’ walls, and they’ve continued turning out hits and great music right up to 2017’s Pollinator album. People of all ages, not just hardcore fans, know and love songs like Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another, Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Denis and all the other famous chart-toppers. And Totally Blondie make sure these fantastic tunes sound as fresh and exciting today as they did back then. With a stunning lookalike and soundalike singer, an exceptional, professional live band, their full-on, passionate performances are winning over audiences up and down the country. So, come along and relive those classic moments – it’s totally authentic … it’s totally awesome … it’s Totally Blondie! All proceeds from this event to Dementia UK. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Totally Blondie Website Dementia UK Website

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Music

Voodoo Room (11 Mar)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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