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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 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.