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Oct
18
Fri
Sewing Bees @ Workaid
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sewing Bees @ Workaid

Jane Farmery has designed these workshops to provide enjoyable and relaxing opportunities to work with other ‘sewing bees’, whilst benefitting from her guidance and advice on garment making and craft sewing projects. Jane’s useful tips will improve your sewing skills and your confidence so that you feel inspired to tackle further sewing projects. As well as covering general techniques, Jane will also help you to resolve any specific problems that you may have with your project.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SEWING PROJECT OR CRAFT PROJECT AND YOUR SEWING MACHINE WITH ACCESSORIES AND MANUAL IF AVAILABLE.

Silver Bangle Workshop at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Silver Bangle Workshop at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Silver Bangle Workshop with Roz Prest

Aimed at beginner level, this course will teach you how to texture, shape, cut, file, buff, solder, polish & blacken silver wire into a crossover style open bangle. Using a selection of tools you will make two straight bars of silver into your chosen bangle design. Your bangle will be finished & wearable at the end of the class. You will also take away an information sheet about jewellery making.

SAFETY: Please ensure you wear closed-toe shoes, tie long hair back & remove any loose clothing or jewellery before the class starts. All other safety items, tools & materials will be provided.

Places must be booked in advance; suitable for adults and students ages 16+.

Moondogs @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Moondogs @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Moon Dogs are a contemporary modern blues band with a reputation on the live circuit for their relentless, heady brew of blues rock and unique original songs.

Oct
19
Sat
Art Journalling @ Workaid
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Art Journalling @ Workaid

Learn to create fun, colourful journal pages using mixed media and text with Alison Roots. Suitable for adults, teenagers and older children. All levels of ability welcome.

Adult Art Short-Courses at Queens Park Arts Centre: Further Drawing @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Adult Art Short-Courses at Queens Park Arts Centre: Further Drawing @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Further Drawing Practice with Leila Ward

Running over three consecutive Saturday afternoons, this course builds on the beginner’s drawing class, advancing the key techniques of shading and perspective, and how to draw through identifying shape, form and texture.

This workshop is aimed at those who have attended Leila’s beginner’s drawing class, as well as those looking to improve their drawing skill. Students should bring a selection of pencils (H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), an A4 sketch pad, a rubber, a pencil charpener and a ruler.

Places must be booked in advance; suitable for adults and students aged 14+

Beginners-Friendly Pottery Courses at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Three-week course: 28 Sep, 5 Oct & 19 Oct, 1:30pm – 3:30pm (no class on 12 Oct)
with Helen Neighbour

This short course in pottery is perfect for beginners. Learn all about hand building techniques including pinch pots and coiling to create unique works of ceramics. Price does not include clay or firing (as sizes of pieces will vary)

Places must be booked in advance; suitable for adults and students aged 16+.

‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ Opera Workshop @ Holy Trinity Church (Parish Hall)
Oct 19 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
'Cavalleria Rusticana' Opera Workshop @ Holy Trinity Church (Parish Hall)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to sing in an opera chorus?

Join us for an introductory opera workshop in which we will explore Turiddu’s drinking scene from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’. Saturday 19th October 2.30-5.30pm.

We will rehearse the music then set it dramatically. Led by professionals Kelvin Lim (Musical Director) and Louise Bakker (Stage Director), the afternoon will introduce newcomers to the creative process in a friendly and supportive environment.

Then in February 2020, Aylesbury Opera will be staging a full production of the classic double bill of Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ and Leoncavallo’s ‘I Pagliacci’. Both are full-blooded stories of passion and revenge, set in Sicily; both feature fantastic music and memorable set-pieces. We’d love you to join us in the audience or or as chorus members.

Venue: Holy Trinity Church (Parish Hall), Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP21 7QZ

Parking available on Croft Road (on-street) or Walton Street public car park opposite. Holy Trinity is 5 minutes walk from the railway station.

Tickets £5 including refreshments (children free). Sheet music provided.

No formal musical experience necessary – enthusiasm and our high musical standards will get you a long way!

Reserve your place by emailing Ilana Jacobs via aylesburyopera@gmail.com

Man the Lifeboats at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Man the Lifeboats at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Man the Lifeboats craft songs that tell stories with straight-up lyrics, lilting mandolin and fiddle melodies, stomping beats and big choruses. A blistering live experience!

Presented by Rotary Rocks, this concert is raising funds for Vale Federation / School Therapy Dog Project.

Oct
20
Sun
Hallowe’en Spooks & Ghouls KIDS £1 @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hallowe'en Spooks & Ghouls KIDS £1 @ Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

There’s a definite chill in the air on Sunday 20 October… and they say the steam hauled Ghost Train of the old and eerie Chiltern foothills comes ‘alive’ in a very different and spooky way.
It all looks rather innocent, but don’t be fooled… we have heard there may be Hitch-hiking Ghosts, perhaps a Haunted station and maybe even Ghastly Ghouls abroad – dare you ‘dress for the occasion’ and come along for a ride?
Children can travel for £1 and will also receive a small treat bag. Trains, CHINNOR departures are 09.30, 11.00, 12.15, 13.35, 15.00 & 16.30, PRINCES RISBOROUGH departures are 10.15, 11.40, 12.45, 14.00, 15.30 & 17.00. You could also make it extra special and book delicious cream teas which are served in the Afternoon Tea Car on the 13.35 departure from Chinnor. Advance booking for cream tea reservations can be ordered online. There is a large free car park, cafe and souvenir shop available at Chinnor station. For more information about the railway and other activities please see our website. We very much look forward to seeing you on our Hallowe’en Spooks & Ghouls KIDS £1, other dates are the 27 and 31 of October and thank you for your support.

Creative Writing Workshop at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Creative Writing Workshop at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre

Creative Writing with Claire Steele

One-day writing workshops, drawing inspiration from the stories of Shakespeare.

Places must be booked in advance – don’t forget to bring a packed lunch or light lunches available.

All workshops are suitable for adults and students for aged 16+

Oct
22
Tue
Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song @ David Evans Court Theatre
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song @ David Evans Court Theatre

Tring Theatre Company is proud to present Parlour Song a play from the pen of the modern playwright master, Jez Butterworth, following their NODA award-winning performance of Vicar of Dibley in 2018. Jez Butterworth is becoming renowned as one of the great playwrights of our era. Previous productions of his plays at The Court Theatre include Mojo and Jerusalem, and his most recent play, The Ferryman, won multiple awards and accolades in the West End and Broadway. Parlour Song is a black comedy. Set in modern-day suburbia,it peels back the layers of tension between three characters – Ned, his wife Joy, and their neighbour and friend Dale. It shows how lurking beneath the façade of their outwardly perfect existence lies deceit, lust, temptation,anger and despair.  Frequently laugh-out-loud funny, it also shines up a black mirror to our own lives in a captivating, dark and sometimes disturbing manner. Ned, the expert demolition man who is struggling to stop his wife becoming bored in their relationship and may be losing his sanity, is played by Steve Mattey who was most recently at The Court as Chandler Tate in Comic Potential. Emma Russon a 27-year theatre stalwart with multiple superb lead female performances including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors this year,plays his wife Joy, desperately trapped in her life and loveless marriage. And Matt Bowles, who has been performing regularly at The Court Theatre since he was a teenager, including the lead role in Mojo when it was performed at The Court, plays Dale, their happy-go-lucky neighbour who has more than an eye for the ladies and plenty of marital advice for Ned.
Tickets available from www.courttheatre.co.uk

Oct
23
Wed
Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song @ David Evans Court Theatre
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song @ David Evans Court Theatre

Tring Theatre Company is proud to present Parlour Song a play from the pen of the modern playwright master, Jez Butterworth, following their NODA award-winning performance of Vicar of Dibley in 2018. Jez Butterworth is becoming renowned as one of the great playwrights of our era. Previous productions of his plays at The Court Theatre include Mojo and Jerusalem, and his most recent play, The Ferryman, won multiple awards and accolades in the West End and Broadway. Parlour Song is a black comedy. Set in modern-day suburbia,it peels back the layers of tension between three characters – Ned, his wife Joy, and their neighbour and friend Dale. It shows how lurking beneath the façade of their outwardly perfect existence lies deceit, lust, temptation,anger and despair.  Frequently laugh-out-loud funny, it also shines up a black mirror to our own lives in a captivating, dark and sometimes disturbing manner. Ned, the expert demolition man who is struggling to stop his wife becoming bored in their relationship and may be losing his sanity, is played by Steve Mattey who was most recently at The Court as Chandler Tate in Comic Potential. Emma Russon a 27-year theatre stalwart with multiple superb lead female performances including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors this year,plays his wife Joy, desperately trapped in her life and loveless marriage. And Matt Bowles, who has been performing regularly at The Court Theatre since he was a teenager, including the lead role in Mojo when it was performed at The Court, plays Dale, their happy-go-lucky neighbour who has more than an eye for the ladies and plenty of marital advice for Ned.
Tickets available from www.courttheatre.co.uk

Oct
24
Thu
Stump work Embroidery @ Workaid
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stump work Embroidery @ Workaid

Create a stunning piece of stump work embroidery with nationally acclaimed Kay Dennis.
In the last ripples of sea as the tide goes out find seagulls and wading birds dabbling along the water’s edge and around the rocks, pools and coloured stones.
Using traditional embroidery stitches, free standing elements and padding techniques, you will learn to make these delightful little birds which are synonymous with our seaside.
All you need to bring is your usual sewing kit as Kay will supply all necessary materials.

Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song @ David Evans Court Theatre
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song @ David Evans Court Theatre

Tring Theatre Company is proud to present Parlour Song a play from the pen of the modern playwright master, Jez Butterworth, following their NODA award-winning performance of Vicar of Dibley in 2018. Jez Butterworth is becoming renowned as one of the great playwrights of our era. Previous productions of his plays at The Court Theatre include Mojo and Jerusalem, and his most recent play, The Ferryman, won multiple awards and accolades in the West End and Broadway. Parlour Song is a black comedy. Set in modern-day suburbia,it peels back the layers of tension between three characters – Ned, his wife Joy, and their neighbour and friend Dale. It shows how lurking beneath the façade of their outwardly perfect existence lies deceit, lust, temptation,anger and despair.  Frequently laugh-out-loud funny, it also shines up a black mirror to our own lives in a captivating, dark and sometimes disturbing manner. Ned, the expert demolition man who is struggling to stop his wife becoming bored in their relationship and may be losing his sanity, is played by Steve Mattey who was most recently at The Court as Chandler Tate in Comic Potential. Emma Russon a 27-year theatre stalwart with multiple superb lead female performances including Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors this year,plays his wife Joy, desperately trapped in her life and loveless marriage. And Matt Bowles, who has been performing regularly at The Court Theatre since he was a teenager, including the lead role in Mojo when it was performed at The Court, plays Dale, their happy-go-lucky neighbour who has more than an eye for the ladies and plenty of marital advice for Ned.
Tickets available from www.courttheatre.co.uk

Oct
25
Fri
‘After the Storm’ at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
'After the Storm' at Queens Park Arts Centre @ Queens Park Arts Centre
  1. The Great War is over. Okoli Madu returns from the Western Front with hopes and aspirations, but his resettlement plans are met with hostility. A story of survival, selflessness, determination and fortitude.