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The Arches Theatre: The Groundworks Are Done

Though there's still a lot to do ...

 
 

POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 26/06/2018 @ 8:00AM

Well, the weather has been fabulous and we've been working hard at the Arches Theatre at Clifton Reynes near Olney. We've made some fantastic progress over the past week or so ...

As you can see from the image above, we've got the groundworks done in and around the arches themselves and put in a permeable membrane under the gravel. This ensures we don't get any plant growth so we don't spend the day before each performance plucking weeds.

"It's all coming together nicely now"

Tickets are selling out very quickly now so if you want a couple then you need to get in touch as soon as you can. We've produced a flyer (below) which you can copy and paste into Facebook if you'd like to promote the first production of As You Like It on the 4th August.

The flyer for As You Like It on 4th August, 2018

If you'd like to book tickets for the first performance at the Arches Theatre, do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's get your tickets reserved.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

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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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