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My Oh My; How My Reputation Proceeds Me

Perception and the art of good acting ...



For the first time in my life - to my knowledge at any rate - I was mentioned in a book. Yep, in the index and everything. Even more amazingly, it is a serious book. It's called 'Playing Macbeth - An Actors Journey' ...

People think I'm a heavy drinker, but I'm just a good actor. I've been teetotal for 20 years.

People think I'm a heavy drinker, but I'm just a good actor. I've been teetotal for 20 years.

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I know the author, Tim Dalgleish, a classical actor, but had no idea when I was chatting with him in Costa in Olney that I was going to be quoted in his book.

I was making notes on a Tony Hancock script I was adapting to the stage when Tim joined me, and we got talking about the writers of Hancock, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson and my relationship with them, which is very good.

It led on to us talking about comedy and tragedy and the fact that good writers understand the need to get comedy into serious stuff and serious stuff into comedy for either genre to have depth.

We chatted about roles I'd played including the drunk butler in The Tempest in London and on tour in France, and how I enjoyed playing drunks and slightly eccentric types.

It then went on to Kenny Ball, the band leader, who's funeral I'd recently attended which turned into a knees-up of the very highest order and was just how a funeral should be with music, heavy drinking, and funny stories.

"You could write a book on stories about Kenny Ball and other jazz band leaders, and perhaps one day I will."

We nattered on for a while and then went our separate ways. The next time I recalled the conversation was a year or so later when someone said to me that he'd read a book in which I was mentioned.

Being the egotist I am, I immediately bought the book, not least because my daughter was so impressed I was actually mentioned in a book. I was horrified to see that I'd come out of it sounding quite intelligent and thoughtful as, in my opinion at least, I'm extremely shallow.

I don't generally care about anything, but maybe I'd had a relapse that day. However, Tim did get one thing wrong, and that is that he wrote that I was a bit of a drinker when in fact, I've been teetotal for over 20 years.

"Mind you, I take that as a compliment."

I do act well as a drunk and to be perfectly honest, it's much easier to have a reputation as a heavy drinker when you don't have to bother with the actual drinking part.

But had I known that he was going to write about me in a book during that chat, I'd have lied about everything just for a bit of a giggle.

And I think Tim probably knew that.

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.

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