More Details On The Arches Theatre
I've been putting my thinking cap on ...
I had a phenomenal response to my original blog post about the Arches Theatre. I've been putting my thinking cap on regarding keeping people informed on the new venue ...
It may not look like much right now, but I believe the Arches Theatre could really work.
Our plans are now to clear the site before the end of this year and because of that, I'm having a year off from panto. I've done a pantomime for 6 or 7 years on the trot, so a Christmas at home with the family is another bonus.
"There will be a lot of expenses to get it up and running, so I'm looking at a way to raise money for it."
We're not looking for arts funding or anything like that as I think it can be a self-sufficient venue if we provide the right entertainment, and I think local people will support it.
It's likely that the first season (Aug/Sept 2018) will be a short season with productions by MK Theatre of Comedy, ETC Theatre Company, and my pal Amy Marchant with her company The Wet Mariners who are - in no small measure - responsible for this project.
I've got an idea for an opening concert as well. All will be decided once we clear the area and see what can be done exactly with it. See my blog post from 3 weeks ago for details of the venue.
So at present, we're asking for anyone who wants to support the Arches Theatre to contact me and I will start a specific mailing list giving updates and details of sponsorship possibilities.
For all those who have already been in touch, sorry about the delay in getting back to you, but you are already in the loop and are on our list.
I've dusted down the Aston Martin DB2 and any of the shows I take it to will now be helping fund the Arches Theatre as I'm donating any fees for it to the cause, so get in contact if you want it at the front of your stand.
I'll be at the Kop Hill Climb at Princess Risborough this weekend with the Michael Graham stand, so hopefully I'll see some of you there.
Also, the talks I do on the History of British SitCom will now have the fee donated to the fund, so if you want to hear all the gossip about Tony Hancock up to Fawlty Towers for your group, then give me a call. It's a very popular talk, and I'll even throw the Tommy Cooper Bottle Routine in at the end.
"Gosh, what a tart I am."
There's a great deal of work to be done and we need to bring some cash in! If you'd like to support the Arches Theatre, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's talk.
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.