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The Arches Theatre: Come Prepared!

And have a great outdoor experience ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 13/04/2021 @ 8:00AM

We've been having some strange weather recently. One minute there is snow and the next brilliant sunshine. So we wanted to give you an idea of what you might want to bring to ensure you're prepared, and you have a fantastic experience at The Arches Theatre ...

Always remember to come prepared to The Arches Theatre!

Always remember to come prepared to The Arches Theatre!

copyright: the arches theatre / david pibworth productions

We're all hoping for a perfect summer's day, but we need to be prepared for all eventualities. Who knows what weather we're going to get living in England? We want to make sure you have the best time with us and it is a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

So, with that in mind, we have devised a little list of all the things that we think you may need to bring with you. Here's our list of essential items:

  • Tickets (via your phone)

  • Chair (make sure it's a comfy one!)

  • Torch (for returning to your car/home after the performance)

Other items we recommend you bring:

  • Mask/Hand sanitizer (should rules still apply)

  • Picnic (BBQ's or any form of fire are not permitted)

  • Picnic blanket

  • Drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic - your choice!)

  • Sun cream

  • Sun hat

  • Cardigan/jumper/blanket (it can get quite chilly at The Arches once the sun starts to set)

  • Camera (to take some great pictures of before, during and after the performance.)

  • Plastic bag (there will be bin bags available, but we ask that you are responsible for your rubbish and ideally take it home with you!)

The show will go on come rain or shine so if it is raining:

  • Sensible shoes (to walk from the car park to the theatre as you will be walking for around 5 mins over what could be wet, slippery grass)

  • Wellies (if the ground is particularly wet)

  • Cagoule/raincoat

Please note, that in respect to other audience members umbrellas during the performance are not permitted. The entire Arches Theatre is uncovered so you will want to come prepared. Have we left anything vital off the list?

"If you think we have then please do leave us a comment!"

For more information on your visit, please take a look at the Your Visit page on our website. We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to The Arches Theatre and we hope you are excited about the unique experience that awaits you.

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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