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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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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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