Rock And Roll At The Robin Hood, Clifton Reynes
And me dressed as a Teddy Boy ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 16/02/2016 @ 8:00AM
Fairly recently my local boozer, The Robin Hood, Clifton Reynes, changed hands and the new landlord Simon and I are in discussion about what to put on. We discussed various events and came up with an Alternative Ball ...
We want to make The Robin Hood, Clifton Reynes a top venue for food and entertainment.
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An Alternative Ball is just like a Charity Ball only it's £35 a ticket rather than £75 a ticket. The added bonus is that there is no raffle or auction. In fact the first one we are doing is a Rock and Roll Ball.
For your £35 you get a 3-course meal and a good old style Rock and Roll band. You can dress in Rock and Roll style if you choose - and indeed there will be a prize for the best-dressed couple - but you are under no obligation to wear anything other than smart casual attire.
"We are trying to put on a ball that is affordable for most people."
Simon has to put up the marquee and do the food and I put in the stage, organise the band and the publicity. This isn't a kick against charity events, but they are quite expensive and the way we're doing it leaves a bit of profit in it for us, although not much once all the overheads have been taken out.
To be honest, the charity events organisers have to earn money otherwise they couldn't afford to do it. So all we're doing is giving a bit of top class entertainment and food without the charity aspect on this occasion to make it more affordable. I may well go around the tables doing a bit of close-up magic; maybe even dressed as a Teddy Boy.
We're doing some events, such as this one, in the marquee and some on the large stage outside. In the old days, we used to get people like Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen and Chas and Dave playing, but old Kenny has now gone to the great gig in the sky and Chas and Dave tend only to be playing occasionally.
So we're turning our eye to others. We are considering Showaddywaddy if we can get them believe it or not. Then to put a touch of class we're chatting to Jacqui Dankworth about an evening which could be great.
We want to make The Robin Hood a top venue for food and entertainment, so keep your eyes open, or contact me if you want to be kept in the loop. And if we get a good sponsor, we'll put on Jools Holland.
"That would be a blast wouldn't it?"
Get in touch with me to secure your tickets for the Rock and Roll Ball. We can only get 120 people in the marquee and it's going to be brilliant.
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.