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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 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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