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Just Occasionally, One Has To Take A Day Off

But I need to get something off my chest ...



Occasionally, one has to take a day off. Neither my wife or I do very often other than for a week's holiday each year. We're both self-employed and what one may call reasonably successful ...

Hmmm ... booking fees? Why? I just want to take a day off with my family.

Hmmm ... booking fees? Why? I just want to take a day off with my family.

Julie runs a livery yard and I do stage hire, an online magic business, represent scripts, occasional acting roles, and now setting up and running a new theatre. You just don't take days off.

"However, on Sunday, as a family
we did just that. "

We went to the Cornbury Festival to see various bands including Andy Fairweather Low, and Squeeze ... both of whom were excellent. Julie had a few Pimms and the child and I stuck to the soft stuff.

However I still went around looking at the staging setups to see if I could possibly get in there next year with my staging and/or my comedy jazz band, so I never quite switch off as I don't want to.

We paid £80 each to get in (my daughter far less), but the one thing that always grates with me is the booking fees as it actually cost £89 with the £9 booking fee per ticket. I paid online with a debit card and just fetched up with the proof on my phone ... I just don't see what the £9 is for.

It's a constant niggle with me as it's a rip-off. I'm not blaming that festival, especially as everyone seems to do it. Except for me. I promoted 'no booking fees' with Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy when I started that and I shall do it with The Arches Theatre too.

When I work out the price of a ticket I want the audience to know that the price they see advertised for the ticket is what they pay. But apart from all that, it was a good day.

It's just the extra £9 that irritated me.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

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.