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Where Are We Up To With The Arches Theatre?

Some photos for you to enjoy ...



We've put a lot of work into the Arches Theatre so far and it's coming along nicely. I was out and about yesterday and took some photos of the place as well as the route to get there ...

The Arches Theatre is coming along nicely.

The Arches Theatre is coming along nicely.

Here is the route to the theatre from my house. You can see it's a bit of a muddy track, but during the summer months, it should be fine to get there although I wouldn't wear posh shoes just in case.

The path to the theatre

Then we enter a glorious field which has a scattering of wildflowers. In good weather it can be driven across so getting equipment in there shouldn't be an issue. If it's been raining, then we'll need some extra help to lug kit down there, but that's all part of the fun, isn't it?

A lovely field to wander across

We're only operating in August and September so the weather should be fine, but ultimately we're looking to put some sort of roadway in to make access to the Arches Theatre easier.

Then we get to the arches themselves. Splendid aren't they? There are four as you can see and each is 30ft wide and 25ft deep. The area in front is about to be levelled and surfaced so within a few weeks it will be looking very different.

The four railway arches are impressive

We've put in a lot of work so far

The next photo is the field as seen from the arches that once the hay is cut can be used for camping so drama workshops can be run and corporate events hosted there too.

Obviously, given the nature of the venue, generators, loos, lighting and the like will need to be brought in, but we have the contacts for all of that.

There's plenty of room for camping

The first production is on the 4th August and is Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'. We do have a list of people interested already, but feel free to contact me to go on the list. Tickets are £10 and available shortly and only 100 are available. We think this will sell out very quickly.

Also, anyone who wishes to hire it for theatre, corporate or workshops please get in touch and I'll send hire details and you are welcome to come and have a look around, and we will be having an open evening as soon as we have completed the groundwork.

"It is an outside venue with all that entails, but what fun it'll be."

If you'd like to find out more about the Arches Theatre then do give me a call on 01234 241357 or click here to ping me an email and let's see how I can help you.

Until next time ...


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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.