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Underneath The Arches Ltd

The Arches Theatre
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The Workshop, Clickers Yard, Olney, Bucks, MK46 5DX


David is Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre near Olney. The venue operates between July and September annually.

They also run a youth film school and a stage hire business, all from the same premesis.

David is also an after dinner speaker and MC and is an actor and writer (mainly in the field of light entertainment).

He adapted the TV shows ‘Steptoe and Son’ and  ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ to the stage, plus ‘Porridge’ and ‘Ripping Yarns’ and produced a version of ‘Ripping Yarns’ at The Arches Theatre, where they raised over £10k for The National Brain Appeal with the help of  Michael Palin, who co-wrote the tv series with the late Terry Jones.

He has worked within light entertainment for many years, having acted and directed many professional pantomimes, played the drunk butler in ‘The Tempest’ in London and France as well as having ridden a horse through a railway carriage for a train line advert when the producing company didn’t want to pay a stuntman’s fee.

He has a footnote in the Oxford Dictionary notes for having helped track down the possible first written/recorded usage of the word ‘Codswallop’ in Hancock’s Half Hour following a conversation with the writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson many years ago.

David lives in Clifton Reynes close to the Arches Theatre, with his wife, daughter, horses, dogs and cats. 

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