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We've got a lot going on ...
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!
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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 ...
More about David Pibworth ...
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 Ã‚Â£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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