Organised by the Destination Milton Keynes (DMK), this special day promotes Milton Keynes as a leisure and business destination. As the past year has been incredibly tough for many businesses, on #LoveMK Day DMK are encouraging everyone in and around MK to use their social media channels to shout about what they are looking forward to doing most in Milton Keynes once the restrictions ease.
"What are you looking forward to most?"
We have been getting involved with #LoveMK Day for a few years now and it is amazing to see just how many fantastic businesses there are in our city. We are of course looking forward most to live events and theatres reopening. It has been a really hard year for the arts and everyone involved. We can't wait to see all stages - both indoor and outdoor - light up and come to life again.
To add our own positivity and spread some joy on the day, we will be running a little competition of our own on our social media. We will be giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner to a show of their choice.
The productions to choose from are:
'Musicals in the Park' performed by West End artists and choreographers on 24 & 25 July
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' performed by Etcetera Theatre Company on 5-7 August
'The Hounds of the Baskervilles' staged by British Touring Shakespeare on 14 August
'Twelfth Night' performed by The Wet Mariners on 21 August (matinee/evening)
Jane Eyre' performed by DOT Productions on 22 August
'Ripping Yarns' performed by Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy (MKTOC) on 26-28 August
To be in with the chance of winning all you need to do on Thursday (29 April) is head over to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and find our competition post, like it and tag who you'll be bringing with you. While you are there, why not give our post a little share too?!
Please join in the fun on #LoveMK Day and let's spread the positivity around our great city and continue to support local businesses.
Until next time ...
Would you like to know more?
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about how the Arches Theatre is supporting #LoveMK day, do give me a call on 01234 241357 or leave a comment below and let's see how I can help you..
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.
David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.
His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.
Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.
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