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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 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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