A Ripping Good Show From MKTOC!
Ripping Yarns comes to The Arches Theatre ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 17/11/2020 @ 8:00AM
Last week we said that we weren't going to divulge any detail of the productions coming to The Arches next summer. But we have booked something from Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) that we can't keep to ourselves ...
Ripping Yarns, by MKTOC is coming to The Arches Theatre in 2021!
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MKTOC is bringing an exclusive stage production of Ripping Yarns to The Arches Theatre in 2021. For those who don't know, Ripping Yarns is a series of BAFTA award-winning comic plays written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame.
Created for the BBC from 1976 until 1979, Ripping Yarns is a series of parodies of the Boys' Own books and magazines of their childhood, bought to life with hilarious effect and outright silliness!
We have been given the go-ahead to put Ripping Yarns on at The Arches Theatre directly from both Michael Palin himself and Terry Jones' wife, Alison. They are really keen to make this happen, as are we.
We are delighted that local troupe MKTOC will be returning next summer and putting their stamp on this hit TV comedy.
The actors and production team who have already produced a highly successful stage adaptation of the show in July 2009, are being invited back to create even more hilarity for our audiences.
Which episodes they will be performing is still TBC:
Could it be Tomkinson's Schooldays, where Tomkinson's tries to escape his school where pupils are shot for disobedience and nailed to the walls for fun?
Could it be 'Golden Gordon', with Gordon Ottershaw the loyal fan of the worst football team in history, Barnestoneworth United? We will just have to wait and find out!
All profits to go to a dementia charity
We have agreed that all profits from the shows will go to a dementia charity (TBC), due to Terry and both of Arches owner David Pibworth's father and uncle suffering from dementia.
We are very excited to share this news with you and hope that you will be able to join us for some side-splitting comedy while supporting a charity close to our hearts.
Further details to follow soon.
Until next time ...
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About David Pibworth ...
David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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