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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 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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