Musings On A Rainy Bank Holiday Monday
Keep calm and carry on ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 01/09/2015 @ 8:00AM
Well, I'm sitting in the rain in Sussex as I write this blog post. We have just put up our stage trailer at Heathfield where each year they have a French market that sells French food and celebrates the music of France ...
Another rainy bank holiday Monday. Nice weather for ducks I suppose.
The Heathfield Brass band, a folk group from Brighton and a Beatles tribute band are all scheduled to play to the possible throngs of eager visitors. Yes, yes I know, but to be fair the Beatles were very popular in France as well.
"It's all good fun normally."
We've done this event before and the people are great and it's all laid back. But today we turned up at 0600 hours to abject misery as it was piddling down with rain and looked set in for the day.
However good the food and people are it's not looking good. The British weather is a real sod sometimes. One bad day can doom an event before it starts. If it's dry at 10.00am it'll probably be ok, but if it's raining early on then no one will come. The stall holders will lose money, the entertainers will be low in enthusiasm and there'll be no one watching.
Organisers put months of work into these events and I feel for them. But there's nothing we can really do. We discussed the merits of rain and floods and couldn't think of anything positive.
We did think that there must be something good about it, but we could only come up with the fact that when the Titanic sunk, the lobsters awaiting their fate in the kitchens must have thought that a miracle was occurring.
"But that doesn't help Le Marché Heathfield, does it?"
So Mr T - my partner in crime on stage erecting - and I have decided that we are going to treat the day as if it's sunny and walk around being positive. We are pretending it's sunny. We are smiling and waving and greeting people like old friends.
I don't think it's helping much to be honest. I've just greeted the pig roast man with a cheery "how are you this fine morning?" and he told me to piss off. But we shall keep calm and carry on regardless.
It may take some time to convince people that they can be happy when the going gets tough, but we shall succeed. One day we'll all be dead and nothing will be much different,
You may as well enjoy it while you're here, so onwards and upwards I say ...
Until next time ...
We'll be dancing in the rain next. Will we make anyone smile? Probably not.
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.