Fenny Poppers: One Of My Favourite Gigs
And then I'm off to Calais ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 16/08/2016 @ 8:00AM
Every year, I get to attend a variety of music festivals, country shows and local fairs by hiring out our staging. One of my favourite gigs is Fenny Poppers, the annual festival at Fenny Stratford ...
I love hanging out at Fenny Poppers and watching the bands
It's one of those events where it's just a joy to turn up. The organisers greet us cheerily and by the time we've got the stage up and running, they have bacon sarnies on the go for everyone involved in setting up the event.
M'colleague, the one and only Mr T, brings a flask of coffee to start the day and like all good workmen, we have a cuppa while scratching our heads for 5 minutes. Then we tell each other the jokes we have heard since we last met. (Mr T is Brian Two, actor, comedian and comedy writer).
"Then we put up the stage which takes about an hour or so."
If you wonder what happens at the end, then just look at the photos in reverse order. I mustn't forget to mention the sound engineers who come and put up the PA system as their job often takes longer than ours. They work very hard to get everything in place, and then have to make sure that the sound is good all day - which is not an easy job - and they were excellent yesterday.
We had the pleasure of watching a band called 'Mad Mods and Englishmen' who are brilliant and had everyone up and dancing. I stayed around and did some walkabout magic for the crowds for a bit of fun and with the help of the weather the day was great.
If you want Mr T and I to come along and sort out your staging for the day then just contact me, and look at www.stage-hire.org.uk for details of the staging that we can provide.
And so today, we're onto another job, another gig. This time, I'm giving a talk on 'The History of British SitCom' as one of my other jobs is representing the scripts of Galton and Simpson who wrote 'Steptoe and Son' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' and many more scripts. I'm a bit of a British comedy historian, or bore as my wife and daughter call it.
Later in the week, I'm hoping to get across to Calais where a friend of mine is recording a song to help refugees, and I was asked to go over. I think it's so that I can amuse the children in the camp with magic tricks really as I can't imagine that they're after my musical prowess.
Should I be able to get over there I'll let you know how it goes. In fact, all in all, I'm enjoying every gig I do at present, and that makes you do all of them well ... so happy days, and all that jazz.
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.