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POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 27/08/2019 @ 8:00AM

It has been another busy week for me. Some of you may have seen me as Christopher Sly in Etcetera Theatre Company's performance of The Taming of The Shrew over the weekend.

We've got a lot going on and I hope you will be able to join us at some, if not all, of our productions!

We've got a lot going on and I hope you will be able to join us at some, if not all, of our productions!

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But the performing doesn't stop for me yet. Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy, which I am part of, will be entertaining Olney residents with our recent sell-out sketch comedy and music night for just one more night. It'll be at the Carlton House Club in Olney on 7th September at 8pm.

In 'The Complete History of Comedy - Thank you for the Music' you'll enjoy famous sketches from the likes of Fry and Laurie, Victoria Wood, The Sketch Show, Tim Minchin and more. Plus, there will be original songs written by some of our brilliant troupe!

I'm doing The Elements song by Tom Lehrer and have to keep rehearsing it as it's quite a tricky song to get on top of! Tickets are just £10 per person. There are NO booking fees.

Not to mention the C-word too early (Christmas), but this December MKTOC we will be putting on 'Blackadder Christmas Carol' from 4-7 December at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes. Something a bit different to the usual Pantos! Take a look here for more information

Looking forward to next year and we have gained permission from creators and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, to perform Porridge on the stage, which we are very excited about! Watch this space for more details. We are also thinking about producing a Panto in February at The Carlton House.

Over the weekend when eating at The Cherry Tree in Olney with my MKTOC colleagues, they asked if we would perform an Allo Allo and/or Fawlty Towers and/or Dibley evening in their restaurant. So, again, look out for more details on this one!

And, of course, we'll be busy in the coming months putting together a performance schedule for The Arches for next August. We already know that the Wet Mariners will be joining us again, which is just brilliant. There could be some other local theatre company's bringing new performances to our outdoor stage. We'll keep you posted.

If you are a theatre troupe and looking for somewhere to stage your next performance, please do get in touch. We are already looking for productions to be part of our summer 2020 season.

Until next time ...

DAVID PIBWORTH

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More about David Pibworth ...

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.