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 www.mktoc.co.uk, 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.
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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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