Spamalot: Out And About in MK And Stony Stratford
Meeting the public and having fun ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 21/02/2017 @ 8:00AM
On Saturday, the actors from Spamalot donned their costumes and came out of our rehearsals to do a local publicity walk, or trot around, perhaps I should say ...
Spamalot has been great fun to put together. We're all really looking forward to the show.
Permission was granted for a visit to the new part of the shopping centre from Intu in Milton Keynes, and off we went, coconuts at the ready.
It was great fun. After the fairly heavy rehearsal process, it did the actors a lot of good just to go out and interact with the public. It also does us a lot of good to realise how popular Spamalot is. People were coming up, of all ages, to have their photo's taken with them.
I was not in my costume of course, and so I lurked about doing the occasional magic trick for the very young ones who have yet to hear of Monty Python. I also got into a discussion with Python fans.
I've got a bit of form on Python having adapted 'Ripping Yarns' to the stage written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones and also having occasionally worked with Neil Innes, he of the Bonzo Dog DooDah Band, who wrote some of the Python music.
I was accosted by a German who remembered the adaptations of Monty Python that were put out in Germany in the 70's. Interestingly they did some of the sketches in German as I remember 'The Lumberjack Song' being one of them.
My German friend said that while he enjoyed it, some German's didn't get it which didn't surprise me greatly as goodness knows how you translate Python sketches into any foreign language.
I lived in Germany for some time and found that the easiest way to get a laugh was to fart, but then that may reflect the kind of bars I frequented rather than a broad statement of their sense of humour.
It is also the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes and so it's fitting really that we give everyone a bit of fun on behalf of the city. It gets a bit of criticism from some quarters, but to tell you the truth, it's quite a fun old place in many ways, and certainly that came over in our publicity shots. Everyone enjoyed it.
We then went off to Stony Stratford to find castles for our knights and came across 'Castle's' in the high street, so that was good. We trotted up and down the high street, and the malarkey that ensued was great fun.
We also met a homeless man who is camped out beside the church. I chatted to him for some time and we had a cup of coffee together, and he thought the whole publicity thing was great.
How he can manage to stay so cheerful, I really don't know. He told me that the people of Stony were decent to him. He's obviously just someone who has hit bad times for whatever reason, and one can only hope that the authorities can sort him out somewhere to live. If you see him, get him a coffee or a sandwich and check he's ok, please. It's not a lot to ask for most of us.
So come along and support what will be a splendid production of Spamalot. Get your tickets here.
Until next time ...
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.