Be Prepared For The Arches Theatre
And some local support ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 14/04/2020 @ 8:00AM
How was your Easter weekend? Even though we are all stuck in isolation and safe at home, I hope you were still able to have fun with your family and enjoy the beautiful sunshine ...
Whatever the weather this season, be prepared for The Arches Theatre!
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We have our fingers and toes crossed that the sun will be shining on us in August. So far, we've been incredibly lucky with the weather for our previous two seasons. Well, except for MKTOC's run of The Pink Panther when we had torrential rain. But the cast just carried on brilliantly and the audience hunkered down with cagoules, and we all had a blast.
"That is the fun with outside theatre, especially in the UK; you just don't know what is going to happen!"
Our productions and the outside theatre companies we work with are professional, and the show will go on whatever the weather. So that is why it is you must come prepared with a mixture of sun cream and sun hats, and jumpers and raincoats!
Take a look here at what we suggest you bring. If you choose to bring a picnic (which we highly recommend) why not have a local sandwich company, such as Sandwich Land of Olney make them fresh for you? It's a great way to support our small, local businesses who are going through a really tough time at the moment.
You can also support the theatre industry while in lockdown, by streaming a range of great productions available online. In a recent Facebook post, I mentioned a performance of 'Girls Like That', which features Wet Mariner, Shazia Nicholls. Have you seen it yet? It does contain strong language. Watching theatre online is fantastic, but there's nothing like watching a live production in person and getting totally immersed in it as you would at The Arches Theatre.
So if watching all this theatre from your sofa is whetting your appetite for the real experience, book tickets to see some fantastic local, live performances on our outdoor stage this August and September
We'd love to have you with us at The Arches Theatre to celebrate being out of lockdown.
Until next time ...
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About David Pibworth ...
David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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