A Brand New Theatre in Milton Keynes
And you won't believe where ...
I've been thinking of opening a theatre in Milton Keynes. Most of the venues in and around MK have outpriced themselves and made it impossible for small local theatre groups to make money ...
This new theatre in Milton Keynes is certainly going to be unique.
The only companies who seem to be doing Ok are those who get funding and that's something I've never had. I tried it once, but they don't seem to like light entertainment and nothing I'm involved in is apparently worthy enough, so we look to ticket sales and sponsorship.
"There are no obvious venues to take over or buy in Milton Keynes."
So, I happen to own a bit of the railway line between Bedford and Northampton which has some railway arches. Why I didn't think of this before is beyond me, but I'd just been to see 'The Tempest' in an eccentric little venue in Wales. I was talking about it to my wife, when she suddenly said: "Let's go and have a look at those railway arches". And so we took the dogs off down there and it's perfect.
Ok, we have to do some clearance on it as you can see in the photo above, and work will start in October to transform an overgrown railway arch into a theatre venue. A few theatrical pals and I will set to with chainsaws and strimmers and we hope to open for a season in 2018.
It's a lovely spot and the only area we can't control is the weather, but we have plans to be ready to cover the audience if rain sets in.
I shall keep you informed of progress, but expect A Midsummer Night's Dream, 'The Wind In The Willows and other less obvious productions as we aim to put on a 6-week season next year starting in August and I know it's going to be fun.
"We shall be using three arches. One for the stage, one for the bar and one for the green room."
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Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.