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Sparks Olney: On Location At Dickens Of A Christmas

A fabulous learning experience ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 23/11/2021 @ 8:00AM

With Christmas just around the corner, it only means we are getting closer to the famous Olney 'Dickens of a Christmas' on Sunday 5th December ...

Being on location at Dickens Of A Christmas will be a great learning experience!

Being on location at Dickens Of A Christmas will be a great learning experience!

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It's exciting to be part of this annual local event, not only because it is the first Christmas event in Olney since 2019, but because our Sparks Arts young film crew will be out in force capturing the event live. We'll be using 'Dickens of a Christmas' as an opportunity for our film students to get right into the heart of the action and film all the activities and fun festivities, plus interview members of the public.

"They'll then edit the video and create a marvellous memory for our Olney residents!"

Our crew members are very excited to be taking on this project to try some investigative journalism and live filmmaking. This will take them out of their usual classroom environment and into an exciting on-location movie-making experience.

Being part of 'Dickens of a Christmas' will help boost their confidence and really take them out of their comfort zone. It'll help them also work as a team and develop new skills, including talking to new people, interview skills and filming large crowds.

"It'll be a wonderful experience for them, so we hope you'll be able to help them make a great success of their project!"

If you're aged between 8-14 and interested in learning moviemaking or being part of new and fun experiences, why not join our Sparks Arts Sunday workshops at The Olney Centre.

Until next time ...



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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.