Merry Christmas And All That Jazz
It's easier to just go along with it all ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 24/12/2019 @ 8:00AM
As Christmas is approaching, I thought I'd wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I'm not going to say Happy Holidays, as while I'm not overtly religious, neither am I anti-religion ...
I enjoy singing carols, eating turkey and Christmas pudding and watching The Sound Of Music.
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I long ago came to the conclusion that as I have some difficulty working the remote control on my television, the chances of me getting to grips with the meaning of life and the possibility of there being a higher power were slim.
"It's easier to just go along with it all and, let's be
honest here, it's quite fun!"
I enjoy singing carols, eating turkey and Christmas pudding and watching The Sound Of Music. I love the Clifton Reynes church which I'm lucky enough to live next to, and I enjoy church bells ringing, not least as our dogs rush into the yard wagging their tails and howl at the moon for a bit.
So, I enjoy the whole Christmas period without question. We all do our bit to help those less well off, which is as it should be, although I do have a hat that says 'Bah Humbug' which I wear to the Christmas Eve Carol service to annoy and amuse as people see fit.
The only thing I don't like about it is when people tell me that I should believe in Christmas, or that I shouldn't believe in Christmas, but I take comfort in the fact that I'm probably happier than they are, even while fiddling around with my TV remote control trying to find The Sound Of Music.
So ... Merry Christmas, and all that jazz. Have a good one.
Until next time ...
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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 Ã‚Â£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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