Naturally, there will be nervousness about this, so when we open on the 24th of July, we want all our cast, crew and audience members to feel safe when they are with us. Even though we are an outside space we will still be taking precautions.
"We are still operating on a restricted audience!"
This means that we will be socially distancing our audience in the seating area, and we will have extra hand sanitiser available. It is everyone's choice whether they wear a face covering, and we'd like all our audience members to respect others' decisions.
We also ask that:
You do not attend if you have symptoms or have come into contact with anyone with/with symptoms of Covid-19
You check-in on our track and trace app on arrival
Once you are seated, please remain in your area unless you are going to the toilet (portaloo) or purchasing an ice cream (if the Willen Ice Cream van is at your performance)
Contact us immediately following your visit if you begin to show signs of Covid-19
We are all desperate to return to live performances and we want everyone to enjoy themselves. So, please let's all work together to make this a fantastic summer season for us all. We can't wait to welcome our audiences back this weekend.
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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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