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Light It In Red: Standing With Theatres And Live Event Venues

Closed for an entire year ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 16/03/2021 @ 8:00AM

We continue to stand in solidarity with other live event venues and theatres around the country that have been sitting in darkness for a whole year. We stand with all those joining the Light It In Red movement ...

We stand with all those joining the Light It In Red movement!

We stand with all those joining the Light It In Red movement!

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Today marks exactly one year since theatres closed on 16th March 2020. Never did we ever think the industry would close for this long. Throughout this year of darkness many theatres, actors, dancers, musicians and more have done what they can to keep the industry alive.

"They have dealt with monumental changes to their lives!"

Through streaming productions online, performing outdoors and creating new and inventive ways of doing what they do best, artists have continued to give their audiences the entertainment and escapism they have needed.

Without the arts - not only streaming theatre, but also TV, Netflix, comedy, music, books - I don't know how many of us would have coped throughout lockdown. We turn to the arts when we need help escaping everyday life, now those in the arts are the ones needing our help. Please continue to do what you can to help. Here are just a few ideas from a recent blog post.

We only have a small window of opportunity at The Arches Theatre. As you know we are only open in the summer months due to our outdoor venue being on a flood plain! Last year we worked hard to support artists at a time they needed it the most.

As soon as we were given the green light that outdoor venues were able to open, we were full steam ahead. We extended our run to be able to lend the stage to as many theatre troupes, artists and musicians as we possibly could.

"We have done the same this year and we now have our
biggest summer season yet!"

Tickets are on sale to our outdoor performances which kicks off on 24th July. Take a look at our What's On page for more details. It is still a very uncertain time for the arts. However, things are looking more positive, and we certainly are moving in the right direction.

Please keep supporting the arts, theatres and everyone who works within them. We have never needed your help more than we do now.

Until next time ...



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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about the Light It In Red campaign do give me a call on 01234 241357 or leave a comment below and let's see how I can help you..

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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.