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The Pink Panther: The Real Diamonds Of Our Show!

A variety of individuals all with differing acting experiences ...

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Our rehearsals for 'The Pink Panther - A Shot in the Dark' at The Arches Theatre are well and truly in full swing ...

It may just look like a bunch of people hanging out under a railway arch, but we were rehearsing The Pink Panther - A Shot In The Dark!

It may just look like a bunch of people hanging out under a railway arch, but we were rehearsing The Pink Panther - A Shot In The Dark!

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The new cast of 'MKTOC at The Arches' held their first rehearsal at our open-air theatre last Tuesday. You may have seen a few pictures that we've shared on social media.

"It was what we call a rehearsal blocking!"

This means that the shows Director, John Drinkwater, and members of the cast go through certain scenes to discuss and work out moves, along with other vital elements that look great on stage and create dramatic - and in this case comical - impact.

It is very much like choreographing a dance. The Director focussed on the fight scene between Inspector Clouseau and his trusty manservant Cato. It involved some nifty footwork, martial arts and some curious sounds from Cato!

It was the first time that many of the troupe had been to the venue, so it gave them a good feel for what to expect. Some felt quite daunted when they found out how close the audience will be to the stage.

But that's what's great about shows at The Arches Theatre for both the actors and the audience - getting totally immersed and feeling part of a fantastic performance.

We have named this troupe 'Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) at The Arches' as it is an extension of the premier comedy group MKTOC, which some of you may know that I am involved in. This new company, but will only perform at The Arches Theatre. It is made up of a variety of individuals all with differing acting experiences - some are professional, some not and some are acting for the very first time.

It has been a great experience so far, and if you are coming to see The Pink Panther - A Shot In The Dark on 15th-17th August, then you are in for a great evening. We'll be sharing more photos from our rehearsals and introducing our stars! Tickets are available via

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.