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The Arches Theatre: Nearly Finished!

So I went out in Doris and drank tea ...



At last, we have the fence up for the Arches Theatre and we just need to hang the gates then I think it's done. The weather looks as though it will hold out for our opening production on the 4th August, so all is well and the audience will be able to drive down to the venue ...

Not much to do now at the Arches Theatre.

Not much to do now at the Arches Theatre.

It's been a bit of work getting this all up and on Sunday I decided to have the day off and so I took Doris, the Aston Martin, to the Newport Pagnell Carnival and sat drinking tea - yes I'm that wild - in the sun and talking to old mates.

"It wasn't quite all play and no work."

I supplied the music stage for the Carnival, so had to nip the Aston back home and return in the Ford Ranger to pick up the stage. I always feel slightly better about enjoying a day out when I'm earning money.

So, there we have it. All is going well, and if you want to be kept in the loop of the Arches Theatre then please email me as we are making up a supporters group. We can notify our friends of forthcoming events so they get a chance to buy tickets early.

'As You Like It' has sold out now, but we will keep you informed on other productions if you sign up to our friends scheme.

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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