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The Arches Theatre: The Taming Of The Shrew

Welcoming the Etcetera Theatre Company ...

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I've so far introduced you to two theatre companies bringing fantastic productions to the Arches Theatre this summer. I'd like to now introduce you to the third ...

We're looking forward to the Arches Theatre hosting this amazing production!

We're looking forward to the Arches Theatre hosting this amazing production!

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It's the Etcetera Theatre Company (ETC) who will be staging the classic Shakespeare comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, from 22nd - 24th August. This local theatre company based in and around Milton Keynes, have considerable experience of producing plays including, 'A bunch of amateurs' written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, Monty Python's 'Spamalot' and Agatha Christies 'Witness of the Prosecution.'

"They also perform a fabulous interactive
murder mystery theatre!"

The August performance, directed by Steve Brigden, "will be based in the 1930s, a period of economic hardship and deprivation, but also a great period for radical and free thinking." ETC is 'aiming for a modern, lively comedy which tells a story about love.

The focus will be on a couple that are totally besotted with each other and struggle in conforming to the roles which society expects of them. As their relationship evolves, they play to the gallery amidst a background of charade and shenanigans. If you head over to their website you will find the play's full synopsis and character breakdown.

If you haven't seen this theatre company in action before, then you must. ETC will be announcing the cast very soon so if you are local, watch out for some familiar names and faces!

"Would you like to know more?"

The added experience of being in the great outdoors, whilst watching a skilful acting troupe perform a renowned Shakespeare play, is something you don't want to miss out on. Tickets are on sale now and available via our website at just £15 per person.

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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