Winter Is Coming!
So is panto season ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 17/09/2019 @ 8:00AM
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!
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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 ...
More about David Pibworth ...
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.
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