Queens Park’s new season in the Limelight for 35th birthday

The Queens Park Arts Centre is celebrating its 35th anniversary in style with a fantastic range live performances and creative workshops.

The centre’s Limelight Theatre is welcoming back Edinburgh Fringe favourite Lucy Porter on February 13 with her brand new stand-up routine, Me Time.

There’s more comedy from surreal comic Will Franken on January 24 and the Ian English Boodlum Band on January 30, while Dane Baptiste will be appearing later in the seasonon June 19 and thenthe Limelight will host two comedians as part of Tringe Festival night on July 19.

There’s a trio of tribute bands taking to the stage as Voodoo Room celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix and Cream on January 31, closely followed by the Dung Beatles on March 6 and 7 and Oye Santana on March 14.

Theatre-lovers can catch some great literary adaptations this season with Jane Eyre from Blue/Orange Theatre on March 20 and Persuasion by Hotbuckle Theatre on June 5. There’s also family theatre courtesy of the Lempen Puppet Theatre Company, who present Journey of Turtle on May 23, while Bertie and Busker will provide an evening of variety on April 25.

There’s folk music from Phil Beer (January 16), Katie Buckhaven (February 14) and Gigspanner (February 28) at the start of the year, then it’s time for St Patrick’s Day celebrations with the Devines on March 13. After Easter there’ll be more folk from the award-winning Sally Barker (April 24), plus a gig from up and coming instrumentalist Sunjay Brayne (June 12). Folk nights are rounded off by duo Clarke and Walker (May 22), followed by local legend Wild Willy Barrett, who returns on June 20 with his French Connection for another lively night of expert musicianship.

Limelight’s blue nights kick off with Cherry Lee Mewis on February 20. The Idle Hands play a postponed performance on March 21, followed by Jo Harman (April 17) and the internationally-renowned Marcus Malone (May 15). The final blues gig before the summer break sees Limelight favourite Larry Miller return with his brilliant guitar playing on June 26.

Aylesbury’s very own ‘rock n roll greatest’s failure’ John Otway brings a night of high-octane fun on May 30. Aspiring local acts can step into the limelight at the regular open mic nights on January 17, February 7, April 18, May 2, June 6 and July 4. There will be even more local talent as DreamChaseR Entertainment present another gig night on February 21. On April 11 rock band JUMP, who have 13 studio albums and 1,000 gigs under their belt, will visit for their 25th anniversary.

Queens Park’s resident storytelling programme Unbound will present workshops throughout the season. They will also present its debut theatrical production with two performances of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on March 27-28.

Unbound will also host a writing and storytelling festival in May.

Exhibitions include Aylesbury Camera Club this month. Twin sisters jane Miller and Diane Riddy exhibit mixed media work next month, followed by a selection of portraits from award-winning artist Peter Keegan.

The Archive Project in June, an exhibition of archive material, new artwork and personal recollections, will create a visual history of the centre from 1980 to the present day. There will also be a screening of a special documentary film by David Pustansky.