Moving David Pibworth Productions After 15 Years
And selling everything, including the piano ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 10/05/2016 @ 8:00AM
After around 15 years at the same offices in Olney, I've decided to move David Pibworth Productions. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being that we used to run drama and magic workshops here, and those are, in the main, being run on clients sites now ...
Moving David Pibworth Productions feels a little like this. You hum it son, and I'll play it ...
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And we no longer store costumes, so we have an abundance of space that isn't really utilised these days, and the decision to let it out has been made.
"So I'm moving everything to our
We have a storage unit just outside Olney where we keep the stage trailer and portable staging, so I'll just be upstairs from all of that, which brings everything together.
To be honest, one can run magic sales from anywhere and the same applies to our other business where I represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts with their Tony Hancock and Steptoe and Son scripts.
By the way, did you see them win a BAFTA honour on the TV on Sunday? They accepted their honour at Ray's house as they're quite old now and don't go out so much, but I was pleased to see them accept from the very room where I joined them many times for numerous cups of tea while we adapted their scripts to the stage.
And they haven't lost it. Alan said ''We'd like to thank everyone who helped us get to where we are, but they're all dead now, and if you'd left it much longer you might have missed us''.
But back to moving, oh my goodness. We are getting rid of everything that isn't required, which is difficult as I'm one of those people who keeps things 'just in case'. But it is time for a full clear out, as it needs to be empty, and even my beloved piano, which we used in so many shows and for recording is going as I just don't need it and have a piano at home, so no excuse to keep it.
I've made a pact with myself, that anything that hasn't been used for 2 years goes, and by golly there's a lot of stuff that hasn't been used for two years. Props, costumes, sound equipment and so on and so forth, but I'm getting the hang of it now and should be done by the end of this month.
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For your information, the upstairs space is @760 sq ft and the downstairs is @340 sq ft. Now onto the selling bit. It is situated in a very desirable area of Olney, nicely out of the way, with plenty of parking. It's at the opposite end from the Market Place, so not too busy, but yet within walking distance of a lovely coffee and sandwich shop and you will have a lovely landlord, who is happy to give you a guided tour.
Just phone me on 01234 241357 or 07879 414110 for a natter if you're interested in letting it.
Cheers for now. I've got to go and take a piano downstairs ....
Until next time ...
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.
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