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The Arches Theatre: Zoom-ing Ahead With Rehearsals!

Taking full advantage of the lockdown ...

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The amazing cast of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and I are taking full advantage of the lockdown to learn our lines thouroughly and rehearse for our August production at The Arches Theatre ...

We're rehearsing for The Arches Theatre production of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' using Zoom!

We're rehearsing for The Arches Theatre production of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' using Zoom!

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As you know we are thinking positively about our plans in bringing fantastic live theatre to our quirky outdoor stage at The Arches Theatre. The show must go on, as they say, so rehearsals must go on too. We obviously can't rehearse together at the moment like we normally would, so we are using the virtual world of Zoom video conferencing. It takes a little bit of getting used to.

"So far, it's working rather well!"

Director John Drinkwater, from Etcetera Theatre Company, virtually meets with the cast every Monday to run through our lines. We take it scene by scene, so only the actors needed for that section will join the call.

Many of the cast have already performed in professional and local Shakespeare productions, which certainly helps move rehearsals along. If you have ever read or performed a Shakespeare play, you will know that there is a lot to learn and it takes great discipline.

It also helps that we have John as the director. He has appeared in numerous Shakespeare plays including 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at Courtyard Theatre for the R.S.C and starring as Oberon in an open-air production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'! John also directed the 'Pink Panther - A Shot in the Dark' at The Arches last year!

The difference with last year is that we were able to get together and rehearse at the venue. This time we can't so we are unable to carry out rehearsal blocking. This is where the Director and cast work through scenes and discuss staging and character movement, which brings the performance to life. Not being able to practise this element with your fellow cast member can get a little frustrating.

Thankfully, many of the cast have already performed on the outdoor stage, so they have an idea of what will work and what to expect. Plus, they know just how close the audience are! We're working extremely hard behind the scenes already, as we're dedicated to bringing you a magical summer show.

"It is a different experience for us all!"

It is something we are all feeling very positive about though so we'll keep you updated on how we are getting on. Tickets to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by Etcetera Theatre Group from 6-8 August at The Arches Theatre are available now via

Until next time ...


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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.