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Winter Is Coming!

So is panto season ...

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So, we're nearing the end of summer and, as winter is coming, I turn my mind to thoughts about pantomime ...

As winter is coming, I'm thinking about pantomime again!

As winter is coming, I'm thinking about pantomime again!

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I'm just changing my Magic & More web site to panto issues, and to that end, ordering panto related props and illusions including the famous 'Tommy Cooper' bottle trick which is always popular to do.

"I shall be re-filming me doing it as I have a way of producing even more bottles than before!"

We've got magic colouring books, dropping flowers, books that burst into flames, swords through necks ... all the sort of stuff that is used in pantomime and is also good for Christmas gifts, although I'd draw the line at buying the kids a sword through the neck gag.

Recently, I've been working on a specific illusion which makes someone disappear on stage. I can't go into the ins and outs of how it works (otherwise I'd have to kill you), but suffice to say, it will be out at a show sometime. We're just putting the finishing touches to it.

I'm not actually appearing in panto this year, but will be hanging around at other shows advising on the magic and illusions. This means I can have Christmas at home which I always enjoy. Maybe next year I'll go back and do a 4-week stint somewhere as it will be the third year off for me.

In the meantime, we're upgrading to a new stage trailer, so the old one is for sale should you be interested. I'm also revamping my storage area at the farm, so plenty on right now.

And - I think I can announce it now - MK Theatre of Comedy will be producing our own panto at The Carlton House Club in February next year. We haven't done one for a while so should be fun, and maybe I'll make someone disappear there too!

"Would you like to know more?"

If you'd like to find out more about anything I've mentioned here, 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 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.