Firstly, we have the Wet Mariners. We are extremely excited to have this professional Shakespeare troupe with us for the fourth year in a row. Following the great success of their sold-out and much-loved performances at our previous summer seasons, this troupe made up of professional actors from LAMDA are returning with the hilarious yet heart-breaking play, 'Twelfth Night' on 21 August 2021.
"What's Twelfth Night about?"
Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated following a shipwreck and are forced to survive alone on in a new land. Filled with intertwining plots and a whirlwind of mistaken identities and unrequited love, this fast-paced romantic play is just perfect for this professional troupe.
In their own words, the Wet Mariners are: "A Shakespeare theatre troupe that pop up in the countryside to mess around with the audience and tell stories. Actor led, no director, just words and play."
The theatre troupe formed during their third year at LAMDA in 2012 and continue to come together each year to perform Shakespeare to sell-out audiences at their resident venue, The Willow Globe Theatre in Wales, and now The Arches Theatre as well.
The cast consists of Amy Marchant, Brooke Markham, Ekow Quartey, James Corrigan, Jamie Wilkes, Jane Bradley, Katherine Jack, Shazia Nicholls, Sophie Whittaker and Tom Syms. Before the pandemic hit, you could see the Wet Mariners individually on stage and working with leading UK companies including the National, The Globe and Nimax Theatres.
Ekow Quartey has recently received a commendation for his portrayal of Lysander in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Shakespeare's Globe in the 30th Ian Charleson awards, which recognise actors under the age of 30. Amy was most recently working as Resident Director on 'The Magic Goes Wrong Show' with Mischief Theatre and Penn & Teller. You can still catch them on screen in well-known TV series and films. You may have seen Jamie Wilkes in 'Finding Alice' alongside Keeley Hawes earlier this year.
Throughout lockdown, you may have seen some of their brilliant online projects. The next one coming up for the Wet Mariners is 'Shakespeare's Birthday Bash' on the 23rd of April in association with The Willow Globe. Join in the fun by clicking here. When things improve and theatres reopen, we cannot wait to see these incredible actors back where they belong.
In the meantime, don't miss out on enjoying the fun this incredible professional troupe will bring to The Arches Theatre this summer. Tickets to 'Twelfth Night' are available now via our box office.
We'll blog about the Etcetera Theatre Company and their performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in next week's blog post.
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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