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The Arches Theatre: Local Musicians Wanted!

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To add to our audiences' experience and the ambience at The Arches Theatre this summer, we'd like to introduce live music to our August programme ...

You could be playing at The Arches Theatre before each show!

You could be playing at The Arches Theatre before each show!

As big believers of supporting local people and businesses, we feel showcasing new, emerging home-grown artists will only add to the evening for our guests and will benefit the performers too.

We are looking for local musicians, singers or bands who would be interested in playing a 30-minute set, preferably acoustic, whilst patrons enjoy their picnics prior to the live theatre performances.

The live music will take place at The Arches Theatre from 7 - 7.30pm. Dates available are as follows:

  • Thursday 15th August - The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark

  • Friday 16th August - The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark

  • Saturday 17th August - The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark

  • Thursday 22nd August - The Taming of the Shrew

  • Friday 23rd August - The Taming of the Shrew

  • Saturday 24th August - The Taming of the Shrew

You could be playing to up to 120 theatregoers each night.

Your name/logo will appear on The Arches Website, and you will have the opportunity to sell your CDs and other merchandise on the night you play.

If you believe your music would fit our theatre performances and you would be happy to volunteer your time, please do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's listen to your demo.

Until next time ...


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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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