On Saturday 4th August 2018, the Arches Theatre held its inaugural performance of 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare. The Wet Mariners entertained and amused the crowd and even got some local geese involved ...
It's been a hard slog getting the Arches Theatre ready for its first night. We've spent most of this year clearing it out, cleaning it up, putting down a hard surface, and fencing it off to keep the horses out.
"But it was totally worth it"
But on a beautiful summers evening, the great and the good parked in one of our fields in Clifton Reynes and carried everything they needed for an evenings entertainment down to the venue. We asked everyone to bring their own camping chairs and the performers had marked out how they wanted the audience to arrange themselves.
With the sun slowly approaching the horizon, and after all the picnics had finished, the lights went up and I introduced some very talented young Shakespearean actors and let them open the show.
Within minutes, they had the crowd laughing, and with a lot of audience participation and even a cameo from the local geese flying over, we all enjoyed a couple of hours of classic humour courtesy of the Bard.
"It was a fabulous performance of this classic play"
By the time everyone left, it was completely dark, so we turned the lighting rig around to help them find their way to the carpark and then it was time to pack up the bar and the lighting and make the venue secure. I was there until late into the night, as were a number of volunteers.
So, thank you to the Wet Mariners, thank you to everyone who came along and made it a night to remember and thank you to everyone who helped to create the Arches Theatre and volunteered their time on the night itself.
We'll be putting on more shows as and when possible, and we're offering out the Arches Theatre and the wider field around it for corporate away days and any other events that are suitable for the location.
"Would you like to know more?"
If you'd like to make a booking or explore your own ideas for the Arches Theatre, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see what we can do.
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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