The Arches Theatre: Enjoy Pre-Show Picnics And Prosecco!
On an alfresco summers evening ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 16/06/2020 @ 8:00AM
Having celebrated World Gin Day on Saturday and getting ready to enjoy International Picnic Day on Thursday, it got us thinking about what to add to our hampers for our first outdoor production at The Arches Theatre ...
At The Arches Theatre, your welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy before the show!
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Many of you have joined us at The Arches Theatre in recent years to pop open a bottle of Prosecco and enjoy a homemade picnic with friends before the shows started. We welcome you to do that again this year, so you can relax with a chilled glass of something and really soak up the atmosphere.
"Obviously, it will look a little different this year, but we still want to give you the full impact of a fantastic outdoor theatre experience!"
If you don't fancy making your own sandwiches, why not try one of the great cafes in Olney such as Sandwich Land on the Olney High Street? Alex and his team have a long list of delicious baguettes, pastries and cakes to tempt you with. It hasn't been confirmed if we will have a bar selling draught beer, wine and soft drinks, like we did last year. We will keep you updated on this.
If you choose not to join us for a picnic, you can still bring drinks and snacks to the performance. But just like any theatre, please make sure your food isn't too pungent or noisy to open! It's our priority to make this a great experience for everyone and memorable for all the right reasons.
"Whatever you decide to do, come along and enjoy your alfresco summer's evening with us and come back next year!"
All we need to do now is have our fingers crossed that we can still go ahead with The Wet Mariners production of 'The Merchant of Venice' on 15th August. Please note that BBQs, camping stoves or any form of fire are not permitted at the venue.
And as always with productions at The Arches Theatre, please drink responsibly.
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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