We All Need Something To Look Forward To!
Summer at The Arches Theatre ...
Posted by David Pibworth on 12/05/2020 @ 8:00AM
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get used to this new normal of staying home all the time. Not completely, but I’m just keeping calm and carrying on. What more can you do?
Hopefully, summer season at the Arches Theatre will happen as planned!
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I’m enjoying this downtime. We had a lovely VE Day celebration with our neighbours on Friday (at a safe social distance), I’m watching old movies with my daughter, taking the dogs on their daily walks and, of course, learning my lines for one of our summer productions.
"This slower pace has also given me the opportunity to think about how we are going to operate this summer. I’ll be able to tell you more soon!"
Our plan A is to open our doors on 6th August for Etcetera Theatre Company’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I just hope it comes to fruition.
Many people I’ve spoken to are at that stage where they want to start planning things to look forward to, once we’re able to see each other again. I know I’m certainly at that point. That’s exactly why I want to keep working towards bringing live theatre to our outdoor stage so you can enjoy a new experience and some fabulous escapism.
We are always listening to the Governments advice and guidelines. We will always do the right thing when it comes to the safety of our team and customers. If we must postpone, then all tickets will be transferred to a new date or refunded if you’d prefer.
I do hope you’ll join us for some much-needed plays, performances, picnics and Prosecco.
Until next time ...
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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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