The Vicar Of Dibley, Lots To Do And My Birthday Too!
And multiple roles for Jim Trott ...
Recently a mate asked me if I was thinking of retirement. Mmm ...no, not really. For one, I spent so much on building my current house that I've worked out I can't seriously think of retiring until I'm 104 ...
Due to this realisation, I'm encouraging my daughter to take up a very well paid job to help me out in my dotage; and I also don't want to retire.
"I've seen some people, in jobs they hate, aiming at their retirement, only to die about 2 months after they've moved to the South Coast."
To that end, all is rumbling on. The stage hire business, the magic website, representing Galton and Simpson, building the new Arches Theatre and so on.
Also, I'm currently busy learning lines for a few productions. I'm playing Tony Hancock in The Blood Donor, and The Missing Page in April in Oldham. I'm also directing two Galton and Simpson Plays up there.
Then I'm back playing Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley with MKTOC at Stantonbury Theatre. I like playing Jim Trott, and it'll be my third time doing so in this third Stage adaptation of Dibley.
Then an old mate asked me if I would play Jim Trott at a theatre in Risely, which is on a week after MKTOC's production. I said yes as the role isn't one that I have too much difficulty learning. All these shows are in April, so I think I'll not do any productions in May.
"We will be right in the middle of finishing the Arches Theatre."
So no. I'm not thinking of retirement just yet. Anyway, I'm not really 58. As far as I'm concerned I'm 28 and shall always be so.
Do come along and see a production I'm in if you get the chance.
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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