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The Arches Theatre: Final Tweaks And Little Changes

The first performance is nearly upon us ...



I've been pottering around down at the Arches Theatre making final tweaks and little changes and planning how we're going to run the opening night at next week's performance ...

I've been pottering around down at the Arches Theatre trying to decide which arch to use for what.

I've been pottering around down at the Arches Theatre trying to decide which arch to use for what.

Access is going to be the biggest issue. Although 4x4s won't have a problem getting down there, road cars would bottom out on some of the bumps in the track so I'm organising a car park and marking out a walking route to the theatre.

"I'm also thinking of switching around in which arch we're doing what."

People will need access to toilets and the bar, as well as the performance arch and one for the performers to get ready. I'm also thinking of raising the floor in the performance arch a little so the audience can see what's going on.

A friend suggested we put a bridge in over the River Ouse so people from Olney can get to the theatre rather than having to drive around to Clifton Reynes. It'd have to be a drawbridge though as I'm not sure I want people having access to the theatre when we're not putting on a show.

So, I'm very much looking forward to our first performance at the Arches Theatre next week. If you're coming along, don't forget to bring something to sit on. Although we're thinking of putting in some benches eventually, we're not there yet so you'll need to provide your own seating for now.

Until next time ...


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More 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.