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The Arches Theatre: Certainly No Washout For The Wet Mariners

This performance was a true masterpiece ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 18/08/2020 @ 8:00AM

The heavens may have opened on Saturday when we kicked off our summer live theatre schedule, but it certainly didn't dampen our spirits. We were delighted to welcome our first audience of 2020 to The Arches Theatre ...

The Arches Theatre is so proud to be able to support artists at a time when they need it most!

The Arches Theatre is so proud to be able to support artists at a time when they need it most!

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We filled the outdoor auditorium with excited guests who, like us, were desperate to see a live performance once again. There was a real buzz, which is something that has been sorely missed by everyone involved.

"The Wet Mariners, regardless of having a reduced cast of four, gave an incredible performance!"

Their imaginative, hilarious and playful take on The Comedy of Errors was made even more comical by the pouring rain and wet stage, resulting in unforeseen slippages (no one was hurt), great adlibbing and slow-motion fight and chase scenes! But as ever the professionals, they took it in their stride and the show went on.

All this mixed with brilliantly timed quick changes, fascinating dance moves from Tom, audience participation and just superb acting from the whole cast, this performance was a true masterpiece! The Wet Mariners and their version of this Shakespeare comedy was the perfect live production to open with.

As Jamie said, "It was so important we did a show this year. We hope we bought some joy in this moment of darkness." And you most certainly did!

Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the rain to join us. We hope you had a great experience, despite the wet weather. And a special thank you to The Wet Mariners and The Arches Theatre team who helped make live theatre possible again at our outdoor venue.

We are so proud to be able to support artists at a time when they need it most, and help our industry come alive again. If you want to join us for some more live theatre and music this summer, we have some fantastic performances coming up.

Do take a look at the What's On page on our website,

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.