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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 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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