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

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Posted by David Pibworth on 21/07/2020 @ 8:00AM

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 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.