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The Arches Theatre: All The World’s A Trailer Stage!

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent Government regulations, we’re having to think outside the box this year as we must, of course, adhere to the social distancing and outdoor theatre regulations ...

The Arches Theatre is about face this summer to stay within social distancing guidelines!

The Arches Theatre is about face this summer to stay within social distancing guidelines!

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So, for all our August performances, we will be using our magnificent trailer stage instead of the arches themselves. The team and I were at The Arches again over the weekend to set up the trailer stage, as well as carry out a sound check with our sound engineers.

"We were lucky to have the MKTOC cast with us to try out mics. As you know MKTOC don't do things by halves, so they arrived in full 'Allo 'Allo costume. They looked and sounded great!"

So, it's going to be a little different this year. However, we are still going to provide you with an excellent live theatre experience. The audience will sit in front of The Arches Theatre, facing out onto the parkland where the trailer stage will be situated. All audience members will sit in their 'bubbles', two metres apart from other bubbles.

As you can see from the photos, the stage is raised and there will be a larger gap in between it and the front row, in order to protect both our audience and the actors. There will be no problem seeing the performances, but we will have to sadly miss out some of the immersive elements. However staged, the performances are going to be fantastic. I know just how hard our visiting theatre troupes are working to bring you some amazing live shows.

With only a few more pieces to pull together, we are almost ready for going live on 15th August with the sold-out performance of 'A Comedy Of Errors' by The Wet Mariners. Tickets are selling fast to our other productions: 'Allo 'Allo! performed by MKTOC, Aladdin – the family summer panto and an intimate gig with Richard Digance.

Get your tickets while you still can and join us for some great live theatre in our quirky outdoor venue. We can't wait to welcome you this August.

Until next time ...


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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.

Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.

He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.

He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.

He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.

David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.