The Arches Theatre: We’re Adding More To Our Summer Schedule!
And looking for volunteers ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 01/03/2022 @ 8:00AM
Tickets will be going on sale very soon to The Arches Theatre, our quirky outdoor theatre in Clifton Reynes, near Olney. Apologies to any of you expecting them to be available from Friday, but as we had a few last-minute registrations we thought we’d hold off and put all the performances live at the same time ...
We look forward to welcoming you to The Arches Theatre this summer!
We have some of your favourite acts returning this year, plus we have a range of new ones too. From pure family fun and music to classics and gothic horror, we have something for everyone to enjoy. Our theatre will be opening its doors on 21st July and run through to the beginning of September, with live entertainment and performances taking place every weekend on our outdoor stage.
"Be sure to tell all your friends!"
Keep your eyes on our social media channels to find out when tickets will go on sale and don't forget to sign up to our theatre newsletter, The Arches+, to be the first to know about our live 2022 theatre schedule. You'll get to know what's on before anyone else, plus have a few days to purchase tickets before they go on general sale.
The main team at The Arches Theatre is incredibly small. We are responsible for the production schedules, ticket office and much more. We do a fantastic job throughout the year, but we couldn't run the summer shows without the help of our brilliant volunteers.
During the summer we call upon our wonderful volunteers to help us with a range of Front of House duties on show days and looking after our audiences. Are you interested?
Roles can range from directing audience members to the venue, showing them where to park, welcoming audiences to the venue and checking tickets, showing guests where to sit, answering any questions and more.
In return for your time and help, we will provide you with lunch/dinner (dependent on show times), plus a ticket for you to stay and watch the show you are helping with. How does that sound?! You must be over 18 to volunteer with us.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Arches Theatre this summer.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about The Arches Theatre, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.
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 Ã‚Â£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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