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An Evening With Richard Digance

And he's coming back ...



Last Saturday, we had Richard Digance playing at the Carlton House Club in Olney. Richard goes back a long way, having worked the circuit for many a year and having had TV shows in the past ...

It was a fabulous evening with Richard Digance, and I'm pleased he's going to come back.

It was a fabulous evening with Richard Digance, and I'm pleased he's going to come back.

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But, in truth, he is more at home in front of a small audience where he natters to them and sings some hilarious songs played brilliantly on his guitar.

"He is fabulously un pc, but in a way that isn't offensive, and that I might tell you takes some doing."

Some of our audience had seen him a number of times before as he inspires a loyal following, not least as every show is different. While he certainly has to play favourite numbers, his chat is always different.

On Saturday he had us all in hysterics about being sued by the creator of Captain Pugwash. Richard came up with some false names for the crew members - which I guess we all know - and was taken to court. Well, he settled just before they went in, and the money was donated to the RNLI, so all extremely interesting and funny.

But Richard makes quite a bit of money as he writes music for various TV shows such as Countryfile, plus the music for Bill Bryson's audiobooks. As he's coming up to 70, he can now pick and choose what he does.

"By golly, you can tell he enjoys it."

We're getting him back next year, but if he happens to play anywhere near where you live, go and see him. He's one of the old school and there aren't many of them left.

Until next time ...


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More 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.