The Arches Theatre: Lots To Look Forward To In 2021!
Happy new year ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 05/01/2021 @ 8:00AM
Happy New Year to you all. We hope this blog post finds you healthy and safe. We enter 2021 still in tier 4 with further lockdowns potentially looming, which isn't a great start to the year, but we have to try and look for the positives and the highlights that are still yet to come ...
We've got some great productions coming to The Arches Theatre in 2021!
We are extremely positive about the future, but we must remain realistic. Who knows what is going to happen by the summer? But right now, we aren't going to let anything affect our plans of getting our summer season going.
"There are still a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes!"
This includes finalising our production schedule (which is already looking fantastic), sponsorship and collaboration opportunities, and launching our new website in the next month or so. We'll be announcing all the productions very soon, so do keep an eye out and make sure you are following our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
All we can say at this point is that there is something for everyone in 2021 including comedy, Shakespeare, and various one-offs from both local and professional theatre companies!
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Stay safe and well, and we hope you'll be able to join us this summer.
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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