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The Ups and Downs Of Being An Actor

With a little magic thrown in ...



This week, I've had the good and the bad as it were. I was offered a great role as Mr Spettigue in 'Charlie's Aunt' in London. We'd had the auditions, the read though and all seemed well ...

I was very pleased to be offered the role and quite miffed when the show was cancelled.

I was very pleased to be offered the role and quite miffed when the show was cancelled.

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On Thursday, I was due to go to London to sign the contract, but on Wednesday night received an email to tell me that the production was off.

"Financial reasons by all accounts"

All I can say is that it wasn't the actors fees that brought the production down. The annoying thing about it was that I had the same experience with 'Charlie's Aunt' a few years back.

I was mooted for the same role, with Rupert Grint - he from Harry Potter - as Lord Fancourt Babberly. This was going to be a tour, but once again it came to nothing, so I suspect that Charlie's Aunt and I are not to be united.

Shame, but there it is. I don't wallow in misery over these things. I get slightly miffed for about an hour and then move onto other projects. It really isn't worth getting too tied up with it all. There's not enough time for negativity.

"In my case it was back to magic"

As you may know, I do a workshop for children, which teaches them the basics of magic. It's also a confidence workshop as much as anything and also gets them thinking differently.

It has - in a way - come from devising ways of making something disappear on stage and re-appear somewhere else. People love that. I have ways of making people appear suddenly on stage, which are deceptively simple, to be honest.

I've always wanted to work with identical twins to perform the ultimate appearing and immediately re-appearing gag. Bit obvious, though. Anyway, I've worked on the new gag for the workshops and have it here:

It's not only for children incidentally, I do adult workshops which go down really well and one to one basic courses. I'm now booked up for about a month with very few free days. Other things come along if you're positive about life.

I will be available from the 12th April, so do get in touch with me if you want to chat it through. I'm always on the email and via the Mad Magic facebook page and magic tricks can be bought direct from

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.

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