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More From The Arches Theatre

We're on the scrounge ...



So more work has been done on the Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes. My two colleagues, John Drinkwater and Paul Wheeler, set to on Sunday clearing more of our theatre under the Arches ...

We've started work clearing The Arches Theatre, though we're going to need a lot of help.

We've started work clearing The Arches Theatre, though we're going to need a lot of help.

I was notably absent having to take down a stage and then get ready for a work trip to Edinburgh where I shall be for a few days.

At present we have just given our time, chainsaws and hedge trimmers, but shortly we will be needing to spend some money and so, to be honest, we are looking for some sponsorship, or work to be done free, or at very reasonable rates.

On the top of the bridge are some dangerous looking stones which need to be sorted out and some serious pointing jobs are required. Thankfully the structure of the arches is exceptionally sound.

They knew how to build in those days, and that's for certain. We are also looking at putting steps up to the main railway line for another entrance. Plus a wooden stage flooring in the acting area.

So anyone who feels generous and wants to be involved with us at this early stage of what will be a brilliant and well-known theatre, give me a shout.

We are currently raising money in a variety of ways. We are also building up a database of those interested in any way at all, so do get in contact. If you are on the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy database, you will be kept informed anyway. Another way is to follow me on Facebook where I will regularly update progress.

We are aiming to be open and up and running with some productions in Aug/Sept of 2018, so it's not that far away really, and there's still plenty to be done, but we will get there.

"So do get in contact if you want
to be involved."

Some heavy lifting is also required so at some point as well. John, Paul and I will be organising a works party to move some stones and fully clear the area and that will involve a bribe of food and drink which I shall happily supply.

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.