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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 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 ...



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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.