Unbound is Queens Park Arts Centre's in-house storytelling company, founded in 2014 with the mission statement: " Tell great stories".
The project aims to create learning and performance opportunities for students of any level of ability in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies.
The programme launched in Autumn 2014 with a special evening of performances, readings, live workshops and demonstrations from a variety of local practitioners.
Two brand new weekly workshops then commenced throughout the term - 'Creative Writing' on Monday evenings, and 'Drama & Theatre' on Tuesday evenings. Tutors included local writers Claire Steele and Margaret Morgan-Owen, actors Erika Sanderson and David Pustansky, director of local theatre company OpenScript, Madeleine Vose, and the programme director of Unbound, Dario Knight.
2015 was a big year for Unbound. With the weekly and one-day workshops continuing throughout the year the project presented its first full-length theatre show - a production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, starring Erika Sanderson, Andy Holmes and Ben Jones and directed by Dario Knight.
A short while later David Pustansky hosted the inaugural Improv Comedy Evening featuring students of the drama course. This was followed by Unbound's first Storytelling Festival in May. The festival included a writing competition judged by the programme's tutors and journalist Heather Jan Brunt from the Bucks Herald.
To round off 2015 Unbound took over production of the Queens Park Pantomime. Beauty and the Beast - directed by Erika Sanderson and written by Dario Knight - broke all box office records and received great acclaim from audiences.
Unbound continued to develop in 2016 with a brand new Monday evening 'Comedy Workshop' commencing in June, alongside the popular 'Drama for Adults' group on a Tuesday, now tutored on a permanent basis by David Pustansky. The 'Creative Writing' class has developed into a monthly workshop, taking place on the 3rd Sunday of the month, led by Claire Steele.
Activity at the Limelight Theatre included the second annual Improv Comedy Evening and a special production entitled A Celebration of Shakespeare, which featured speeches, scenes, sonnets and songs marking 400 years since the death of England's greatest wordsmith.
Unbound also participated in the 2016 One Act Drama Festival alongside fellow am dram groups the Jubilee Players and TopHATS, and will continue the year with their first Comedy Variety Night, followed by their second spectacular pantomime - a production of Alice in Wonderland directed by David Pustansky and adapted by Dario Knight.
If you would like to find out more about Unbound and how you can get involved, email Dario Knight via firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.