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Well, Here It Is: It's Christmas Again

And the fallen madonna ...

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For the first time in many years, I'm not doing panto this Christmas. I did it for nine years on the trot and decided to take a couple of seasons away from it. I think I'll be about ready for it again next year ...

Would you like your very own Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies this Christmas?

Would you like your very own Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies this Christmas?

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This year, I'm concentrating on getting The Arches Theatre up and running for next summer, plus I have the magic website which comes alight at Christmas as we sell all kinds of magic, though I am gradually moving more into stage illusion.

One of our best selling items at Christmas is nothing to do with magic. It is The Fallen Madonna with the big boobies from 'Allo Allo'.

As we supply the props to theatre shows for Allo Allo, I decided to make the Fallen Madonna's for the shows as each show needs two and they do like to keep them afterwards.

It's now turned into a sideline and we sell them to many different countries. Today we have them going out to Germany (yes Germany!) Spain and Australia.

And here she is. They are 550mm by 400mm which includes a 1" white border so they can be framed if you want to do that. They are on canvas.

On eBay, they are £39.95 including post and package to the UK, but as a Christmas Special, you could own your own for £35. All you need do is to email me directly by clicking here. I'll then send you an invoice by reply, which can be paid by card or PayPal transfer and it will be winging its way to you by first class post.

You could be the proud owner of a genuine Fallen Madonna forgery.

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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