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The Arches Theatre: Certainly No Washout For The Wet Mariners

This performance was a true masterpiece ...

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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 (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.