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The Arches Theatre Summer 2019: Come Prepared!

Only seven weeks to go ...

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Can you believe that there are just over seven weeks to go until opening night at The Arches Theatre? Where has the time gone?

We're all hoping for good weather, but we need to be prepared for all eventualities!

We're all hoping for good weather, but we need to be prepared for all eventualities!

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We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to our outdoor theatre and we hope you are excited about the unique experience that awaits you!

We are of course hoping we'll have the perfect summer's day for all our performances, but as you know, living in England, we need to be prepared for all weathers.

We want to make sure you have the best time with us and it's a memorable experience for all the right reasons. So, we have devised a little list of all the things that we think you may need to bring with you. Here goes ...

Essential items:

  • Tickets (either printed of via your phone)

  • Chair (this is imperative! As this is what you will be sitting in to watch the performance! Make sure it's a comfy one!)

  • Torch (for returning to your car/home after the performance)

Other items we recommend you bring:

  • Picnic (we highly recommend Sandwich Land, Olney for all your picnic needs! BBQ's or any form of fire are not permitted)

  • Picnic blanket

  • Drinks (we will have a bar at the venue serving only draft beer from The Concrete Cow brewery plus water and soft drinks. This will be a cash bar only. We recommend you bring your own alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)

  • Sun cream

  • Sun hat

  • Cardigan/jumper/blanket (it can get quite chilly at The Arches once the sun starts to set)

  • Camera (to take some great pictures of before, during and after the performance. No flash photography during the show though please. Don't forget to share these with us on our social media platforms

  • Plastic bag (there will be bin bags available, but we ask that you are responsible for your rubbish and ideally take it home with you!)

And if it is raining:

  • Sensible shoes (to walk from the car park to the theatre as you will be walking for around 5 mins over what could be wet, slippery grass)

  • Wellies (if the ground is particularly wet)

  • Cagoule/raincoat

Please note, that in respect to other audience members umbrellas during the performance are not permitted. The show will go on come rain or shine, so make sure you pack the essentials! The entire Arches Theatre is uncovered so you will want to come prepared. Have we left anything vital off the list? If you think we have then please do leave us a comment!

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.