Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Don't ask, don't get a humorous reply ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 12/10/2015 @ 8:00AM
Funny old thing is temptation. I'm writing a sitcom at the moment that involves religion and temptation and it's something that we've all come across at various times in our lives ...
Is there one almighty God or isn't there? We'll find out one day, but don't be in a hurry.
For instance, I was standing outside Clifton Reynes church on Sunday last, clutching a Bible. Some explanation is required here I think, as I'm not known for my religious beliefs although it should be pointed out that neither am I known for my irreligious one's either.
"I'm a firm 'don't ask me' person."
Considering that tuning in a car radio is still a total mystery to me, I can't see why I should grapple with the larger questions of life, other than for the requirements of my sitcom.
One problem I have had with religion is that I've always had an interest in illusion and magic. I remember at school, when the teacher was talking about Jesus turning water into wine, I was chastised mightily for asking "But how did he really do it?" I'd been watching the David Nixon show where he had managed to make a champagne bottle disappear.
For you younger readers, David Nixon was a rather charming magician of the old school who stood there chuckling about what he'd done and clearly had more influence on me than our religious studies teacher.
I've worked out the bottle gags but not the loaves and fishes, although my suspicion on that is that once someone else had brought out some food and shared it, everyone else felt guilty about hiding what they'd brought along.
"I'm the same with my Jaffa Cakes
Those trying to persuade me that there is one almighty God, or indeed there isn't one almighty God are up against it from my point of view. I just don't see how they could possibly know either way, so it's a waste of everyone's time and as I quite rightly point out ... we'll all find out one day, but don't be in a hurry.
I confess to having taken direct action against the Jehovah's Witnesses a few years back when they took to calling at my house on Sunday mornings intent on saving me. In the end, the only course of action left to me was to open the door stark naked, save only for an MCC tie, and invite them all in for some brown ale.
They fled and haven't been back since and while I'm aware that there may be severe problems for me in the afterlife if they're right, it's a gamble I'm willing to take. I still have the MCC tie ready in the hallway.
"However back to my recent temptation and me at Clifton Reynes with the Bible."
My daughter was reading a lesson in the Children's Service which was about to start, so I was leafing through it, finding her reading, when a man approached me and said "Excuse me, are you the vicar?". Now, I've been mistaken for many things in my life, but never a vicar.
I do know quite a lot about the church as I live next door to it. I really like it being there and always support their fundraisers so I had this terrible temptation to say "Yes, my child."
I would then walk the man around the churchyard, boring him with every detail of the exterior stonework, but gradually taking off my clothes until I stood naked and then glance at my watch and say "Now then, I must attend to my flock" and dance into the church laughing manically.
However, I didn't do that. I told the truth and just said "No, I'm not." As it turned out, he only wanted to look around the churchyard for flora and fauna and was rather decently asking permission.
Whether common sense prevailed as the man was clearly a pleasant chap, or the fact that my daughter and wife would never speak to me again, or whether by some divine intervention for me not to be lead into temptation, well I just don't know. I guess we shall never know.
My nephew once impressed me greatly when at school he was required to write a 500 word essay on Temptation and he wrote at the top - "It would be a temptation not to bother to write this essay". He then left the page blank and at the bottom wrote "Sorry - I have succumbed to temptation".
He got a very high mark, but the teacher said "You'll only get away with that once you know" which lead him to believe that temptation is ok if you only do it once, which I think is a fair point.
"There is such a thing as forgiveness
So anyway, my sitcom brings up temptation, and in the course of my research if anyone would care to tempt me into doing something I haven't had a go at, I'm willing to suffer for my art.I may resist it, but more likely not. Some of it will no doubt be tax deductible.
I was also tempted not to push my magic tricks this week ... but ... well .... have a look at the video. I must now get back to my sitcom.
Until next time ...
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.