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An Update On The Arches Theatre, Clifton Reynes

The weather has delayed things ...



To be honest, there isn't that much of an update on work at The Arches Theatre as we have been hampered by the weather. We are hoping for a break in the snow and ice to allow us to get on with it ...

There's not been much progress on The Arches Theatre due to the weather.

There's not been much progress on The Arches Theatre due to the weather.

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We have figured out what to do and are waiting now to get on and do the work, which actually won't take that long, so we're still looking at opening in August this year.

The first production will be 'As You Like It'. This is by The Wet Mariners, who are a group of actors who are, in a significant way, the reason for The Arches Theatre coming into being.

I'd been to Wales to see them perform The Tempest in an outside venue, and sat around a campfire with my very old actress pal Amy Marchant (she's not old, it's the friendship that's old) and we discussed a possible mad venue at my place just outside Olney. So Amy is bringing her players here to open it.

Then we should have another actor pal, John Drinkwater, who is part of setting up The Arches performing 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' with ETC Theatre company, who are local, and who I worked with on Spamalot last year.

So yes, it is happening, yet the delays are in the laps of the gods. You don't want to rush these things because as a very wise man once said, "Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast". I'll keep you all informed.

And as another wise man once said, "Tatty Bye, for now".

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.