And Now For Something Completely Different
Of blow up dolls, Basil Fawlty and a rather full diary ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 15/09/2015 @ 8:00AM
Now here's something you don't see every day. My pal David Lovesy blowing up an inflatable rubber doll. A male one at that! In a theatre! In public! What on earth is going on there then?
To find out why, you will have to come and see Fawlty Towers which is on at the Chrysalis Theatre in Milton Keynes as mentioned previously in this very blog. On Sunday, we had our last rehearsal and - apart from our 'dead body' falling through the bottom of a wardrobe - it went rather well.
This is the last blog post I shall do on Fawlty Towers as this week's MKTOC production is the last time we'll ever do it. It's been a wheeze producing it on and off over the last 5 years, so do come along to see it if you can.
"However, there's plenty going on in my world besides the Fawlty Towers production."
My band The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs played the food festival at Olney to a great audience on Sunday lunchtime. We even did White Christmas at the end complete with snow machine.
Ok, as soon as our slightly out of sync tones stopped reverberating around the town, and the local dogs had stopped howling, I had to leg it sharpish to the theatre for the Fawlty Towers technical rehearsal. I'd rather over booked myself this weekend, but ... well ... it's not the first time I've had to make a run for it at the end of a gig.
I'm getting ready for the panto season as I've been offered a possible pre-season panto tour in October/November then I'll be into Cinderella as an ugly sister for December in Haverhill which I'm also directing.
I'm doing a lot of magic workshops for Pauline Quirke at her academies, so if you want to learn how to cheat at cards or even pretend to cut off your arm - well you know where I am ... at the Chrysalis all this week.
As I do magic workshops for schools and corporates, come and ask me for my card ... I may produce it from somewhere quite unexpected.
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.