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BOFF: All The World's A Stage

This weekend was a busy one ...

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We set up the portable staging and sound desk at BOFF, the Big Olney Food Festival on Friday, then on Saturday morning, I rehearsed with my jazz band The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs ready for our set that afternoon ...

Setting up our staging for the Big Olney Food Festival.

Setting up our staging for the Big Olney Food Festival.

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We played at the festival and, after handing my banjolele to a fellow band member, I immediately hopped into the old jalopy and drove to East Sussex to set up the stage trailer for an event at a country park.

As it was so far away from home, I stayed the night with my brother and sister-in-law in Sussex. The next day we ran the show, took the stage down and drove back to Clifton Reynes on Sunday evening.

By the time I got home with the stage trailer, the BOFF crew had taken down our staging at Olney and delivered it back, so all is now in storage waiting for the next gig.

There's still plenty of great festivals and gigs out there this summer and autumn, so if you need any staging then do have a look at We supply everything you need, from the portable staging to disabled ramps, and, of course, our full stage trailer.

I'm off to bed now, but by the time you read this my batteries will be recharged and I'll be ready for action.

Until next time ...


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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.