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National Picnic Week And The Arches Theatre

Be sure to pack your picnic essentials ...

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With the week hotting up and Friday marking the start of National Picnic Week, we finally have the perfect way to embrace the British summertime ...

Get a jump start on your picnic at the Arches Theatre with National Picnic Week!

Get a jump start on your picnic at the Arches Theatre with National Picnic Week!

copyright: jamie scott / the arches theatre

As you may know, to add to your outdoor theatre experience with us this summer, we're inviting our guests to bring their own picnic and enjoy it for 90-minutes before each performance.

Delicious food, your favourite tipple, peaceful surroundings, friends and family and sunshine (fingers crossed)! All of this before a fantastic live performance. Why not have a practice run this weekend and try out what you're thinking of bringing with you this August?

"Be sure to pack all your picnic essentials!"

Alex and his team at Sandwich Land, Olney can help you out with all of that. Take a look at their extensive online menu to see what's on offer and for some inspiration. We can honestly say that the baguettes are delicious. And all very reasonably priced. If you're placing a picnic order for a performance this August, give the Sandwich Land team a call (obviously wait a couple of months), but give at least 48 hours' notice. It is collection only.

It is well worth ordering from here as it takes the hassle out of making it all yourself, you know that you'll be getting a tasty and fresh lunch plus you'll be supporting a great local business. All you'll need to pack is a chilled bottle of something.

What will you be packing in your picnic hamper for a performance at the Arches Theatre this season? Note that BBQs, camping stoves or any form of fire are not permitted at the venue because the grass will be dry and we don't want to start a fire and ruin it for everyone.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about National Picnic Week, the Arches Theatre or anything to do with our performances this summer then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to visit our website and learn more about the venue..

Until next time ...


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More about David Pibworth ...

David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!


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