The Winter Cometh. But It's My Summer
Busy, but with time to myself ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 26/09/2017 @ 8:00AM
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.
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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:
I'm always away from home,
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 ...
More about David Pibworth ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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