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The Arches Theatre: Rehearsals Are In Full Swing!

Two fabulous productions are coming along nicely ...

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It's been an exciting few weeks with the casts of MKTOC and ETC Theatre Company holding rehearsals at the Arches Theatre ...

This is me rehearsing at The Arches Theatre to be Dreyfus in The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark

This is me rehearsing at The Arches Theatre to be Dreyfus in The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark

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I've been lucky enough to see both casts in action, as I have a part in both productions. I am playing Chief Inspector Dreyfus in The Pink Panther - A Shot in the Dark. I'm getting awfully good at his mad twitch! I'm also playing Christopher Sly, a drunken beggar, in The Taming of the Shrew. I often get cast as a drunk even though I haven't drunk alcohol for about 25 years. Mind you, I did a fair bit of rehearsal before that.

"Rehearsals for both have been going very well!"

John Drinkwater, director of The Pink Panther, has the cast meet twice a week at The Arches Theatre. Some of the cast have done a little theatre so far, and some are more experienced. Some are brand new to acting, having decided it's time to give something new a try, which is just brilliant. It's important to get them all together regularly to not only rehearse, but to also build a great cast spirit, give encouragement and to increase confidence for those starting out on the stage.

We meet at the venue to give everyone the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the space and to get used to projecting their voice so the audience can hear from all corners of the theatre. It also gives Clouseau and Cato the chance to practise their epic fight scenes! We're currently doing line and scene runs, and in the next week or so it will be the full run-through, technical and dress rehearsal. Then on the 15th - 17th August, it will be the real thing!

Clouseau and Ballon get tangled up during a billiard match

One part of rehearsals that I really enjoy is the speed line runs. This is where we only say our lines as quickly as possible with no acting, pauses, emotion. The speed doesn't stop until the end of each scene. It helps us all focus on our lines and our cues. Next time we do this, we'll get it on film and share it with you.

ETC Theatre Company is also made up of experienced actors who are very excited to be performing at The Arches Theatre from 22 - 24 August. It is a first for them, and we hope they decide to come back again next year!

Steve Brigden, the Director of The Taming of The Shrew, is an industry professional with many film and theatre credits to his name, including work for The Royal Shakespeare Company. Throughout rehearsals, he has been sharing his skills and acting expertise with the cast, who also boast a wealth of Shakespearean knowledge and experience between them.

Both casts are working very hard to bring their usual high standards of professional and entertaining productions. Whichever show you are booked to come to, you are in for a fantastic evening.

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about The Arches Theatre then do give me a call on or visit our website to book tickets to any of the productions we're presenting this summer!

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.