We have been given kind permission by Michael Palin and Alison, the wife of the late Terry Jones both of Monty Python fame, to stage three tales from the comedy series and raise valuable funds for this incredible charity.
"All proceeds from the Ripping Yarns performances will go to the Rare Dementia Support Fund!"
If we raise £5,000, then our total will be match funded. If you are feeling generous and would like to give a little bit more to get us to our target, we would be forever grateful. This charity was chosen because the brilliant Terry Jones sadly died last year from frontotemporal dementia, and David Pibworth (owner of The Arches) also lost his father to dementia. So, this is a charity close to all of our hearts.
We have set up a Just Giving Page to make it extremely easy for you to donate! And we thank you in advance for your generosity.
The brilliant cast of MKTOC will be performing three wacky episodes from 26-28 August :
'Tomkinson's Schooldays': New boy Tomkinson struggles to adjust to the horrors of boarding school and dreams of escape back to his family ...
'Golden Gordon': Barnstoneworth United Football Club's greatest fan, Gordon Ottershaw comes to the rescue of the failing club in a crucial match against Denley Moor FC ...
'Escape from Stalag Luft 112B': Major Phipps, celebrated WWI escaper, attempts to break out of the infamous German POW camp ...
The cast has been announced and full details of who is playing who can be found on the MKTOC website! Tickets are available right now, so get yours now before they all go!
We look forward to seeing you all at the Arches Theatre when we open in just over one weeks' time.
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.
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