A Week In The Life Of David Pibworth
A bit of this and that ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 06/09/2016 @ 8:00AM
We had a very relaxed gig in Sussex last week where David Pibworth Productions supplied the stage. My colleague Mr T and I drive up the night before and stayed at my sister-in-law's place ...
From stage hire to rehearsals, it's all go, go, go in the world of David Pibworth.
It was just 5 miles away which meant we could get in the place at 05.30, have the stage set up by 07.30 and were back at the sister-in-law's house for breakfast by 08.00. We then returned to the stage at about 16.00, took it down and went home.
"Perfect work for us, especially as the day was a brilliant summer day and everyone was happy."
Then I got back to the office where a number of Tony Hancock and Steptoe and Son shows are being contracted, So I sort those out, and then pop along to see Rocky the horse who played the role of Hercules, Steptoe's horse in our stage production.
Only for the photo's you understand. He didn't appear on stage. Anyway, he's retired now, but he still lives with us and is something of a star in our livery yard. Lovely old chap, and I go and say hello most days.
Then I put my mind to the serious stuff. My company provides corporate actors for businesses for training, and we have a training day on Monday and so I worked on that. We have to contract actors in who can play regular people. The last thing you want with a corporate actor is one who is proving that he could play King Lear. They need to be capable of playing low key, and we have to be careful who we hire for these jobs, and so I get all that ready.
Then I move onto 'Spamalot' for a bit, which I'm directing locally (I'll give more details as it gets closer to Feb 2017) to work out a lengthy rehearsal schedule. A different type of actor needed from the above as you can imagine (although some can do both). The main thing about working out a rehearsal schedule is to make the most of the time available, and also not to have actors hanging around doing nothing.
Working out a rehearsal schedule is a total nightmare. The actual rehearsals are easy once you have the right cast, but working out the schedule?
So then back home where we have a load of 4-week old black labs and a few people are coming to view them. We have a litter about every 5 years, and my wife has a brilliant reputation for producing superb puppies ... if you see what I mean.
And finally, my band are playing next week at the food festival at Olney ... BOFF ... on the Market Place. We're on at 17.30 on Saturday the 10th September, so do come along. There's loads of food and entertainment, and I'm also doing the charity auction on Sunday.
So there you have it, just a normal week for me, and if you need a stage, a corporate actor, Tony Hancock, a ticket for Spamalot, or just a black Labrador puppy, you know where I am.
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.