My first meeting with them was to discuss the printing on canvas of the 'Fallen Madonna with Ze Big Boobies'. Yes, that's the painting from Allo Allo. My company is involved in supplying the props to the stage show productions of the TV show.
"It is one of the most produced stage shows in the UK and they all need props."
People had done paper prints of the Fallen Madonna which not only get ripped on stage but don't look that realistic. So I decided that something should be made better, and the easiest way was to just put them onto canvas as a real painting would be crafted.
We started with about 20 as each stage show needs 2 of them. Also, I found that theatre companies didn't want to rent them, but to buy them, as they were so good that they were always given away to the director or cast as a gift at the end of the show.
Things moved on, I got them printed onto canvas and I put them on my web site for sale. Now, the stage versions don't have a border and I found that people were buying them as a present for Allo Allo fans (of which there are many), to put up at home or in the loo in a frame, so we now have two types. Those without the borders for the stage and those with an inch of white border so that they can be framed.
We also needed to have swastika armbands made, also for the stage version. These are not on sale to the public needless to say. They are made oversized so that they are slightly comic and therefore not likely to be used by loonies from the BNP or whatever they call themselves these days.
Each stage production uses about five, depending on how many actors they have in those scenes. I've only had one case of someone wanting 100 and he didn't sound overly luvvie on the phone.
I quizzed him on how many actors he was using for the scenes and he didn't give a great reply. I just said I would be delighted to supply them and would send him an invoice and they would be delivered to the theatre where the production was playing in time for the technical rehearsals ... and he hung up.
"My most recent trip to the designers was to have £10 notes made for magic tricks."
Now we go to a different area as there are rules and regulations about printing currency. While the government may call it quantitative easing and bung new notes out when things get sticky, it's not so simple for the honest citizen. They have to have 'sample' written on them and clearly not be made from the type of paper the Royal Mint use.
Anyway, we have succeeded - legally - in this endeavour, and you can see them here as demo'd in a transformation box gag:
So each time I walk into the designers, I think they're quite pleased to see me, but I always get the feeling that after I've gone, they pore quite thoroughly through the legal definition of 'Accessory to the Fact'.
"But they have nothing to fear."
As in all other aspects of my life, I'm only ever trying to cheer people up. Have a look at my website for this and other fun.
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.
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