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Me, Myself And I: A Little Introduction

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Posted by David Pibworth on 27/10/2020 @ 8:00AM

I'm David Pibworth and I'm the owner and Creative Director at The Arches Theatre. I've been in the entertainment industry for many years in a variety of roles including actor, writer, producer, director and musician ...

That's me on the left, on stage with Carl Defriend, during The Taming Of The Shrew at the Open University!

That's me on the left, on stage with Carl Defriend, during The Taming Of The Shrew at the Open University!

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You may have seen me play Abanazar and the Genie in our summer panto, Aladdin, this year. I haven't done panto in quite some time and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I've performed in many Christmas pantomimes up and down the country, as ugly sister and panto dames, which have been brilliant fun, particularly when I played opposite Chesney Hawkes one year as his mum!

"I've also been in a number of Shakespeare performances including both professional and local productions!"

On-screen, I had the fantastic opportunity of playing Barry Seal, the infamous drug smuggler, in a documentary a couple of years ago entitled, 'The Real Barry Seal'. I'll let you know when it's out!

In 2003 I, along with like-minded colleagues, set up Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC), with the aim of putting on hilarious stage adaptations of well-loved comedy classics, such as Steptoe and Son, Fawlty Towers and The Vicar of Dibley. The Company has great producers/directors in Steve Clark and David Lovesy, and a superb cast. You may have caught our performance of 'Allo 'Allo! at The Arches in August.

I also represent the rights for the works of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson by arrangement with Tessa Le Bars Management, which means we are able to put on some fantastic shows. I just negotiated the rights to put on Porridge, although this production has been hampered by the pandemic.

When I'm not writing or acting, you can find me tickling the ivories with 'The Elements song' by Tom Lehrer or playing in my comedy jazz band, 'The Bolivian Sunshine Dogs'!

You can also find me performing magic and teaching magic workshops. I have a great little online shop selling all the products you need to do close up and classic magic tricks, which would be great fun to do with the family over Christmas. Why not take a look at www.magicandmore.co.uk and find out more?

I'm also putting together a series of videos on my Instagram @pibworthdavid to show you how to perform these tricks and wow your audience! Please take a look and if you have any questions, pop me over an email!

Why not share your magic skills with me on my Instagram?

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

 
 



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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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