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We Had So Much Fun At RiverFest This Year!

It was great to meet everyone ...

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The Arches team and I had a brilliant time at the RiverFest 2019 in Olney on Sunday. The sun was shining and there was a great atmosphere ...

RiverFest is held in sight of the Arches Theatre, so it was easy to point out!

RiverFest is held in sight of the Arches Theatre, so it was easy to point out!

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A huge "Well done everyone!" to all the organisers from The Olney Group for putting on another great event! Did you make it down? Did you come and visit our stand? You couldn't miss us as we were the ones with the giant deckchair, a life-size tiger and an 8 ft purple dragon.

We've been doing a lot of publicity over the past few months on social and local media, so hopefully, many of you will have seen or heard about The Arches and our productions. But we wanted to increase our visibility within Olney and to meet new people and share our story with them.

"We are so glad we did!"

We met people who had already booked tickets for one show and wanted to book up for another. We spoke with people who had never heard of us, but after pointing out our open-air theatre from our stand, "Can you see those gorgeous railway arches just across the river?", we will no doubt be seeing them again next month. And we also met a number of actors who would like to audition for us for when we do our next round of productions.

We were joined by some of the crew from Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy and also the cast from Etcetera Theatre Company. It was great to have them with us to mingle with people and speak about their shows.

All in all, it was a very successful day, and if you did visit our stand and had your photo taken in the deckchair or with one of our animal friends and you plan on putting them on social media, can you use the hashtag #thearchestheatre so we can find them and share them on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages?

Thank's to everyone who dropped by to see us at RiverFest this year and to find out more about our venue and our 2019 season of fabulous theatre productions, please see our website at We hope to see you again in August!

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.