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Posted by David Pibworth on 29/09/2020 @ 8:00AM

The theatre industry, and its artists, have been affected greatly by not only the Coronavirus pandemic, but also from the severe lack of support from our Government ...

Please do what you can to help our theatre industry come alive again!

Please do what you can to help our theatre industry come alive again!

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The recent announcement from the Chancellor that implies theatre industry jobs aren't 'viable' for the new measures that replaces the furlough scheme, is completely outrageous. This means that more and more theatres will be closing permanently.

We'll see further job losses and redundancies within the sector, which is absolutely heart-breaking. We must continue to do what we can do support the arts and its people before we lose theatre and these talented artists forever.

Here are just a few ideas of what you can do to support the arts:

  • Book tickets for a socially distanced performance at both indoor and outdoor venues.

  • Book tickets for 2021 performances. Don't forget your local theatres are just as great as West End ones. There's still amazing talent outside of London and your local venues need you as well.

  • Watch the abundance of stage shows, musicals and opera available online now! Some you do have to pay to watch, but many are available for free. Please do what you can to give a donation to one of the great theatre charities such as Acting for Others of The Theatre Artist Fund.

  • For Christmas this year, why not 'give the gift of theatre' with Theatre Tokens available from most supermarkets? These vouchers can be used in more than 260 venues around the country including London.

  • Purchase theatre merchandise including The Show Must Go On items to support industry charity Theatre Support Fund.

Please do what you can to help our theatre industry come alive again.

This Wednesday (30th September) we will once again be supporting #WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action. At 8pm venues around the country will turn red from 8pm to highlight the dire situation within the live events industry.

"Sadly, we won't be able to light the Arches in red like we did in July (with thanks to HDH Productions), but we will certainly stand as one with fellow theatre and events professionals!"

We will continue to support all artists in our 2021 theatre schedule. If you are interested in hiring our outdoor stage next summer, please get in touch. If you would like to be the first to know about next years productions and when tickets go on sale, why not sign up to our newsletter, which can be found on our website.

The show must go on. Please continue to support our theatre industry.

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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