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More Details On The Arches Theatre

I've been putting my thinking cap on ...

 
 

POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 12/09/2017 @ 8:00AM

I had a phenomenal response to my original blog post about the Arches Theatre. I've been putting my thinking cap on regarding keeping people informed on the new venue ...

It may not look like much right now, but I believe the Arches Theatre could really work.

It may not look like much right now, but I believe the Arches Theatre could really work.

Our plans are now to clear the site before the end of this year and because of that, I'm having a year off from panto. I've done a pantomime for 6 or 7 years on the trot, so a Christmas at home with the family is another bonus.

"There will be a lot of expenses to get it up and running, so I'm looking at a way to raise money for it."

We're not looking for arts funding or anything like that as I think it can be a self-sufficient venue if we provide the right entertainment, and I think local people will support it.

It's likely that the first season (Aug/Sept 2018) will be a short season with productions by MK Theatre of Comedy, ETC Theatre Company, and my pal Amy Marchant with her company The Wet Mariners who are - in no small measure - responsible for this project.

I've got an idea for an opening concert as well. All will be decided once we clear the area and see what can be done exactly with it. See my blog post from 3 weeks ago for details of the venue.

So at present, we're asking for anyone who wants to support the Arches Theatre to contact me and I will start a specific mailing list giving updates and details of sponsorship possibilities.

For all those who have already been in touch, sorry about the delay in getting back to you, but you are already in the loop and are on our list.

I've dusted down the Aston Martin DB2 and any of the shows I take it to will now be helping fund the Arches Theatre as I'm donating any fees for it to the cause, so get in contact if you want it at the front of your stand.

I'll be at the Kop Hill Climb at Princess Risborough this weekend with the Michael Graham stand, so hopefully I'll see some of you there.

Also, the talks I do on the History of British SitCom will now have the fee donated to the fund, so if you want to hear all the gossip about Tony Hancock up to Fawlty Towers for your group, then give me a call. It's a very popular talk, and I'll even throw the Tommy Cooper Bottle Routine in at the end.

"Gosh, what a tart I am."

There's a great deal of work to be done and we need to bring some cash in! If you'd like to support the Arches Theatre, then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's talk.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

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More 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.