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Sparks Olney: Calling All Budding Filmmakers Aged 9 To 14

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Posted by David Pibworth on 21/09/2021 @ 8:00AM

I am absolutely delighted to be bringing a brand-new opportunity to young people who have a passion for filmmaking or would just like to try their hand at a new skill ...

If you're a budding filmmakers Aged 9 To 14 then come and join us at Sparks Olney!

If you're a budding filmmakers Aged 9 To 14 then come and join us at Sparks Olney!

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This Sunday (26th September) the team at Sparks Olney and I will be kicking off a ten-week course of filmmaking for those aged between 9 and 14 at The Olney Centre from 10am to 12pm. Following a successful summer camp this year, we want to bring this opportunity to more young people in the area.

Over the weeks, our students will learn the basics of professional movie-making, which they will put into practice by filming and editing a movie using their new skills and knowledge. Exciting! Why join Sparks Olney? There are so many reasons as to why you should be part of our course.

Here are our top five:

  • Unlock your creativity

  • Take on new opportunities and be inspired

  • Build on your current skills

  • Grow in confidence

  • Meet new people

Want to find out more and sign up? If you would like to find out more or you'd like to book onto the course, please head over to our website. There's still time to sign up. Come and join us.

Know someone who would be interested? Please share this information with them.

Until next time ...



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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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