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Join The Arts Industry Take Over On 7th October

Help us to save the arts ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 06/10/2020 @ 8:00AM

On Wednesday, the 7th October 2020 at 7.30pm there will be an Arts industry social media takeover. All individuals and venues involved within the arts are invited to take to social media ...

The Arts Industry needs your support on Wednesday!

The Arts Industry needs your support on Wednesday!


They will be sharing images that showcase why they're the best at what they do. This includes amazing performances, singing, acting, dancing, playing an instrument, painting and a whole lot more. But it doesn't just stop at venues and artists!"

"Are you in technical, front of house, backstage, costume?"

Then share photographs of you at work, showing off just what you do and what you love. Are you a fan of the arts? Then share pictures of you at a show, meeting your favourite artists, or you at the stage door and more. Are you at theatre school? Share images of you in training, in rehearsals, in a performance.

This is the time that theatre and its artists need to be heard and need the support. We've been told that theatres 'aren't viable' and our artists 'are not skilled'. It's time to show the government that they are wrong, and we all need to fight back.

At 7.30pm this coming Wednesday, we have to flood our social media channels with images of the arts at its best from everyone involved. Use the hashtags #industrytakeover #morethanviable #notlowskilled #savethearts.

The shows will go on. Help us make it happen.

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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