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Please Keep Supporting Your Local Businesses

They're the lifeblood of the economy ...

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With the recent news that many businesses can reopen in a few weeks, please continue to do what you can to support the small and independent businesses that are local to you .. ...

Regardless of whether you're in Olney or not, small local businesses need your continued support!

Regardless of whether you're in Olney or not, small local businesses need your continued support!

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As an independent theatre that receives no funding, we understand how hard and worrying it has been for many business owners over the last few months. The whole shopping experience will be hugely different with social distancing and more health and safety processes in place.

But please don't let that stop you from supporting, our beloved local shops and businesses that are currently under threat. If you don't want to venture out, there are ways that you can still support your favourite restaurant or gift shop from the comfort of your own home.

  • Shop locally online

    Many local shops have moved online or to social media recently. You might not be able to find everything online that you would normally in store, but they still have a great range to choose from. Take a look at Mooch on Market Square for some great gift ideas and Olney Butchers for all your roast and BBQ needs.

  • Buy gift cards or vouchers

    Even if you're not getting the goods now, buying a gift card or voucher now for something you'll experience at a later date, is a great way of supporting your local store or restaurant. The Robin Hood in Clifton Reynes is currently closed, but you are still able to purchase vouchers through their website

  • Order a takeaway

    After such a long lockdown, who is sick of cooking? Many businesses are providing a takeout including: The Cherry Tree, Out of Office Coffee, Sandwich Land and The Grounds Café at Emberton Country Park. Give them a try!

  • Social media

    If you are on social media, it is so easy just to follow a business page and like and share their posts. Give them some positive comments, shout about your experience, tag a friend or share a photo of the product you've bought. Just one of these simple acts will help your favourite business get seen by others.

  • Take part in online classes

    Many business owners are now streaming sessions online; whether it is exercise classes or business training, why not get involved? Local girl, Charlotte Pask, who played Maria Gambrelli in our last production of 'A Shot in the Dark', is also a FiiT instructor at Caveman Conditioning, who has taken all her sessions online.

  • Choose to reschedule rather than cancel

    For The Arches Theatre, tickets to our summer performances are still available at just £15 per person. We are currently going ahead with two productions, The Merchant of Venice performed by The Wet Mariners on 15th August, and Allo Allo! performed by Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) on 12th/13th and 19th/20th September.

    If we must postpone the performances, then tickets will automatically roll over to the new date. We would be so grateful if ticket holders would be able to reschedule rather than cancel. The shows will certainly go on ... at some point!

For theatre and the arts, it is very unclear when we will be fully back up and running again, but for now, we continue to work hard to be able to give local theatre lovers something to look forward to.

Keep supporting local and stay safe!

Until next time ...


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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.