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Aylesbury arts venue sets up recording studio

Queens Park Arts Centre have transformed their theatre to adapt during the pandemic.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:55am 21st June 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury arts venue sets up recording studio

Aylesbury's independent arts venue is adapting its theatre space, to keep creativity going in 2020.

A recording studio is being set up in the Limelight Theatre at Queens Park, to keep some productions going when audiences can't visit.

It means actors still get a chance to perform and continues the venue's 'arts for all' plan during the pandemic.

Unbound Theatre - QPAC's production company-in-residence - will transform the theatre space into a recording studio later this summer.

They'll be working on a slate of new audio projects set for release online during the latter part of 2020.

Sarah Lewis, Artistic Director of QPAC, says:

"Our staff team have been working incredibly hard to adapt the Centre and its operations in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Whilst social distancing and the need to safeguard our audiences means we're putting the autumn season at the Limelight on hold until 2021, our theatre will still be leading the way in the arts and entertainment with Unbound's impressive roster of audio projects."

Queens Park Arts Centre

Queens Park itself is currently closed to the public, but has taken its 'arts for all' ethos online since March with the #LiveCreativelyQPAC social media campaign and a new slate of online workshops, which have garnered positive feedback from students since launching in June. 

Sarah continued:

"Our hope is that the Centre will be able to resume its workshop programme - albeit altered to suit government guidelines - later this year.

"Any move towards reopening will of course be carefully considered so as not to create any undue risks, but we're confident that the alterations and improvements we're currently making to Queens Park will put us in a strong position to welcome visitors once again.

"In the meantime we've some exciting new online workshops planned to keep students of all ages engaged with the arts over the summer."

Unbound have been producing theatre shows since 2014 and have worked on a series of short films and audio content since the start of lockdown, all written, recorded and edited by members of the company working from home.

Limelight Audio Recording 2

Dario Knight, Creative Producer of Unbound and QPAC's Theatre Manager, says of the new project:

"Whilst we're sad to be postponing Limelight performances until the end of November, we didn't want to see the theatre remaining empty.

"This new development enables us to keep producing high-quality drama and comedy, whilst working within social distancing guidelines.

"There's never been a better time to step-up our audio output and I can't wait to announce the first (epic) new project!"

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