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At Dickens Of A Christmas in Olney ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 07/12/2021 @ 8:00AM

Olney town centre was transported back in time this weekend (5th December) for our annual Dickens of a Christmas event, which saw townspeople take to the high streets dressed in Dickensian attire. Sparks Olney was there to film it ...

The Sparks Olney film crew were very lucky to cover the festivities at Dickens Of A Christmas in Olney!

The Sparks Olney film crew were very lucky to cover the festivities at Dickens Of A Christmas in Olney!

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Local businesses and traders also lined the street selling festive food, gifts and more! It was a real festive afternoon and a great way to kick start the Christmas celebrations.

"Our young film crew were very lucky to cover the festivities!"

They created a short film about our annual event and filmed the different scenes, chatted to market traders and townspeople, interviewed the Mayor of Olney and the Mayor of Milton Keynes. They really got stuck into showcasing what Dickens of a Christmas is all about and we have plenty of footage to edit. We're very excited to share the final video with you very soon.

As Dickens of a Christmas is a big part of our town's history, we wanted to give our students a new challenge away from the classroom and to be able to show off their amazing filmmaking skills to a new and local audience.

Our students will be back in the classroom at The Olney Centre next Sunday for some further project work and to finish off their team film. We'll be premiering this video very soon!

If you're aged from 8-14 and you're interested in joining a small team of great filmmakers to create fun and inspiring movies and be part of exciting events, why not join us in our January term from 9th January 2022?

Visit the Sparks Olney website to discover more.

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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