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The Winter Cometh. But It's My Summer

Busy, but with time to myself ...



Well, as I sit here on a Monday morning, I look out of the window, and it's peeing down with rain. It was sunny yesterday. It may well be again tomorrow. Who knows? This is England ...

It's a rainy Monday morning and Winter cometh. But I'm not gloomy about it.

It's a rainy Monday morning and Winter cometh. But I'm not gloomy about it.

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But I don't mind the winter at all. Bring it on I say. The stage hires have more or less ended, I haven't gone for a panto this year, so I can spend time with the family, which is a bit of a luxury for me as I've been working away every Christmas for 8 years.

"Obviously, if a lucrative job came up I'd have to think twice, but it hasn't as yet, so I'm quite pleased."

My company represents Ray Galton and the late Alan Simpson scripts, so that's always ongoing and we also have corporate acting work on for various companies which tend to ramp up in the winter.

Of course, our online magic shop is always busy, so plenty on, but all controllable, and this is a big deal for me, as it leaves a bit of time to work out some new magic gags (I'm devising how to push a playing card through a window) and to get on with my sitcom, which I confess to having sidelined for a number of more immediate projects.

Also, winter means that my colleagues and I will be able to get on with clearing the area for the new Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes which will be opening in August 2018. We're also re-arranging the storage I have where we keep the sets required for MK Theatre of Comedy and Etc Theatre Company.

So, all in all, I'm going to enjoy this winter as it gives me a chance to re-assess everything which I never tend to do when I'm in panto as:

  1. I'm always away from home,

  2. and,

  3. there are just too many distractions such as rehearsing, performing and also having to run my other work from some bed and breakfast or digs in the Isle of Wight or wherever I happen to be contracted to.

I think it's going to be good.

I might even be able to watch The Sound of Music over Christmas with my feet up, not thinking about the next performance. I may well have a party at my gaff.

I might even arrange some winter snooker tournaments at The Winchester Club, which for those of you who don't know is the room above my garage where we have a snooker table, a Tuk Tuk bar full of booze and the coffin from the stage show of Steptoe and Son full of crisps, pickled eggs and pies.

"So I like the UK in the winter, boosted no end by knowing that we're leaving the EU and I don't have to negotiate it."

How I enjoy all the sanctimonious comments on Facebook, and this Christmas will leave me time to enjoy them even more and irritate a few vocal Remainers at the same time; a fun, yet harmless hobby of mine.

So it's sunny all round for me, even if it is snowing, and I do hope it does as sledging down Clifton Hills on Boxing Day with my daughter and her pals will just about put the icing on the cake for me.

I'll try to be more gloomy next week.

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.