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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 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.