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A Weekend Of Sell Out Shows At The Arches Theatre

Even the weather couldn't stop us ...

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Storm Francis certainly didn't dampen our spirits last week, when he decided to give us torrential rain and high winds. Nothing stops us at The Arches Theatre, so we continued with a weekend of sell out shows ...

He's behind you! We've had a fabulous season at The Arches Theatre, but it's not quite over yet!

He's behind you! We've had a fabulous season at The Arches Theatre, but it's not quite over yet!

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We had the incredible Alistair Brammer with us on Thursday, who played to a crowd of 200+ hardy fans who travelled through the rain to enjoy this one night only concert! One lady had travelled all the way from Norwich to be with us, as she was so desperate to see a live musical theatre production again.

"We were very lucky with the weather as just before Alistair was due on stage, the sun came out and we even got a rainbow!"

It was a fantastic concert, with a range of songs from Chess, Les Mis and Miss Saigon. He gave some great anecdotes too. As well as a great artist, Alistair is also a really nice guy. He waited around to greet a long line of fans who all wanted their photos taken with him after the show. I really do hope that he will come back to play again.

Over the weekend we had our magical family pantomime, 'Aladdin'. Our cast of five local actors, Keith Lennox (Widow Twanky), Anna Wingerath (Aladdin), Charlotte Pask (Princess), Oliver Ravenhall (Narrator) and me as Abanazar/Genie - performed four shows over the two days to sell out audiences.

We got a lot of laughs, boos, chanting and shouting 'he's behind you' from children and adults alike. It was great script written by David Lovesy, Steve Clark and Damian Trasler of the Milton Keynes Theatre Of Comedy. We adapted the script as we rehearsed.

"I think we did tremendously well as we only started rehearsals the Tuesday before the show! We are very pleased with the outcome!"

On Bank holiday Monday we had Richard Digance with us. He gave us a fantastic intimate gig which included some new songs, some of his classics and of course the infamous audience participation! It was really fun night that we hope to recreate again.

Sadly, we are coming to the end of our run of outdoor theatre performances. But fear not, we do have one more show, which is 'Musicals in the Park' on Saturday 12th September. If you love musical theatre, then you will enjoy this. Created especially for The Arches Theatre, we have six West End artists performing a range of fast paced, high energy songs from well know musicals.

"We know you and your family will be
on your feet singing along!"

There's also a chance to join a West End dance workshop, which I think is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to get into the industry. Full details can be found by clicking here.

It's been a fantastic run so far. I am very proud of what we have achieved in just a short space of time.

Until next time ...


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About David Pibworth ...


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.