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Anyone For Porridge?

On stage, not in a bowl ...

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After some time tracking down Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, I was finally able to ask them if I could put Porridge on stage ...

If you've ever wondered what Porridge would be like on stage, you'll soon find out!

If you've ever wondered what Porridge would be like on stage, you'll soon find out!

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They agreed (good chaps that they are), and so I now need to decide on the venue and the time; oh and the cast and which episodes to produce. For those of you who don't know Porridge, well, just go and watch it.

When we did Fawlty Towers we ended up doing all 12 episodes over a period of a few years. Had we known we were going to do all 12 we would have probably done them in a different order, but no matter, we sold out every show we did.

So, I'm currently looking through every episode (oh what a trial, see what I did there?) and of course we do need to establish that the characters are in prison and what they are like for those who haven't seen the show. An early episode will be required to kick off methinks.

Many younger people haven't seen it, of course, and I'm really looking forward to enlightening them!

It looks as though we will produce some time in 2020, and if you are interested in coming to see it, do go to, click 'Follow Us' and you can sign up to the newsletter.

But until then, don't forget we have Blackadder's Christmas Carol at The Chrysalis Theatre on the 4th-7th December, so get booking and see you there.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about our stage production of Porridge then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

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.