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The Magic of Panto

I'm a travelling workshop ...



When I go off on any theatre tour, it's a bit of a military operation. Most actors just pack the clothes they need, but as I also run an online magic business I have to take a full selection of stock ...

Being in Panto this year is also an opportunity for me to promote my magic business!

Being in Panto this year is also an opportunity for me to promote my magic business!

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I also have to make sure the hotel room is big enough to store it all. So I get there, suss out the local post office and work out my routine.

"This year, I'm in panto on the Isle of Wight and it's brilliant!"

I have a nice hotel with a swimming pool, steam room and jacuzzi, and they serve a damn fine breakfast. They even have a gym there which I occasionally go and have a look at. I don't use it, but I feel that at least it's there if I ever feel the need.

Each morning, I get up, check the online sales for my magic business and package up everything that was ordered.

I have a swim then sit in the steam room for 10 minutes. Heading down to the restaurant, I have kippers and poached eggs for breakfast, go to the post office, post the packages, buy a paper and am in rehearsals by nine thirty.

The added bonus is that I do magic tricks wherever I am and if people are really interested and want to buy one, I have them with me.

"I'm more or less a travelling workshop!"

And the added income is the very reason I can afford to stay in a decent hotel with a swimming pool rather than shared digs with young actors and actresses listening to Little Mix all night.

So all in all my panto season is magic.

Until next time ...


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More 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.