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Top 5 Ways You Can Keep Supporting Theatre And The Arts

And have fun doing it ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 02/02/2021 @ 8:00AM

Over the last few months, many of us have turned to the arts when we have needed entertainment and escapism. The incredible talent from this industry has given us so much throughout these lockdowns, so let's make sure we are supporting them at a time they need it most ...

Theatres and arts venue may be closed right now, but there are ways to support them!

Theatres and arts venue may be closed right now, but there are ways to support them!

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While we aren't able to enjoy live theatre in person, there are still lots of ways you can help keep the industry alive. Here are our top five:

  1. Stream shows online and donate where you can

    Choose from a wide range of theatre from Shakespeare and Musicals to short films and improvised comedy. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at this list devised by What's on Stage.

  2. Swap and not refund

    If a performance you were due to see has been cancelled, see if you can swap your tickets to another performance instead of getting a refund. Not only will the theatre keep your much-needed money, but you will also have something fantastic to look forward to.

  3. Look ahead and book tickets

    Many theatres are announcing new performances for later summer onwards. Why not start booking tickets or how about buying a Theatre Token, which can be used in 260 venues around the UK.

  4. Donate or sponsor

    Have you ever thought about donating to charities supporting the industry or sponsoring your smaller theatres?

  5. Sign up to newsletters

    Sign up to your favourite theatres' newsletters to get hot off the press news and quite often great deals. The Arches+, our brand-new newsletter, gives all recipients exciting news before anyone else and the opportunity to purchase tickets to our shows one week before they go on general sale! Sign up has been momentarily suspended while we update our website. We'll let you know as soon as it's back up and running!

However you choose to support the theatre and arts industry, we hope you have fun doing it. Please share with The Arches Theatre social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) what you have been watching. We'd love to know your recommendations.

Stay safe everyone and thank you all for your support.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

 
 



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About David Pibworth ...

 

David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.

David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.

He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.

He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.

This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.

David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.

He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!



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