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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Contributed - Angels arrive at the Garbe

Last Saturday evening,March 20th, THE ANGELS THEATRE GROUP, in response to requests to take their Old Time Music Hall to the Western Algarve gave a performance at The Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra.

140 people sat down in the main restaurant to a superb three course buffet dinner with wine and were then entertained throughout the evening with a variety of songs, monologues and a melodrama in the Old Time Musical Hall tradition.
The Angels entertain for charity and their choice on this occasion was the Castelo Do Sonhos. Celia and Dave Mossman, representing the charity, arrived resplendant in period costume to welcome the audience and hand out song sheets. Other helpers, in costume strolled through the audience selling raffle tickets and receiving bids for a silent auction of an autographed bottle of wine from Sir Cliff Richard’s vineyard.

Those of the audience, who had arrived in period style costume, ,were rewarded with a ticket to enter a special free raffle.The prize being an escorted tour ,for two ,around Sir Cliff Richards vine yard – Adega do Cantor.

The enthusiastic audience joined in to sing -along to the choruses of the more well known songs. They were also in fine voice, when encouraged to boo the villain and cheer the hero in the melodrama. .
The fun evening resulted in raising 1,702.37 euros, which is the most money raised at any fund raising event for Castelo do Sonhos. This will go towards buying items from their wish list which includes beds and food.
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The Angels would like to thank all those who support them in their endeavours.More about the group can be found on their web site
http://www.angelstheatregroup.com/ or by e-mailing theangelstheatreco@live.com

Monday, 29 March 2010

Contributed - April ALFA

ALFA literary salon + vernissage

Monday, 5th April (Easter monday - not a holiday in Portugal)

6.00 pm Vernissage Siegfried Mundt will have an exhibition of his art (paintings, prints, and his model boats) in the Convento do S. Jorge in Lagoa.


A recorder-quartet will accompany the event.

7.30 pm ALFA literary salon
Dr. John Piper presents his latest book: St. Petersburg declaration
Convento S. José, Lagoa

All Welcome
For more information: www.alfacultura.comhttp://blog.alfacultura.com
mail: fellgiebel@mail.telepac.pt

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Book Signing

On Wednesday 24 March 2010, Dr. John Piper launched his new his new book "The St. Petersburg Declaration".

The book signing was held in the Bar Boa Vista at the Hotel Garbe and was well attended by many local residents and patients of Dr. Piper.

This fascinating second novel, was written in response to the shooting of the 27 year old Brazilian man in a London Underground train in 2005 by police using expanding missiles (Dum Dum bullets); seven of the eight projectiles entered his head rendering him mutilated and unrecognizable. The result of this shocking and brutal act, is an anti-war book using the weapon of ridicule.

There will be a second book signing at the Lagoa library on Saturday 24 April at 17.00 hrs. The books have been supplied for sale by the Magna Carta Bookshop of Alvor.

Dr. Piper's first novel " Mother Killers" will also be available.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Marketing Magician Reveals Marketing Secrets at Hotel Garbe

Businesses from east and west Algarve attended the third series of Marketing Magician seminars at the Hotel Garbe. Marketing Magician, Stefan Drew, revealed profit boosting marketing techniques to businesses as diverse as retailers and publishers to restaurants and villa rental specialists in a series of seminars and one-to-one surgeries designed specifically for local businesses.

For the third time in less than a year Marketing Magician, Stefan Drew, has flown in from the UK to deliver his special blend of marketing and business knowhow to Algarve businesses. With topics as diverse as How to Quadruple Your Turnover and Profits to Marketing for specialist businesses such as Restaurants and Real Estate companies there was something every business.

Hotels Garbe’s Vicki Good commented, “These seminars are useful for businesses at any time but never more so than in the current trading climate. Hotel Garbe recognises the need for strong marketing at all times and has changed its marketing focus as new technologies emerge. Like Stefan we recognise that people now spend much more time online. We’ve reflected these changes in our own marketing with a blend of traditional marketing and the new technologies like social networking. In fact we know that some people attended the Marketing Magician seminars after seeing them mentioned on Facebook!”

Stefan Drew commented, “The businesses that attended the events at the Hotel Garbe are exceptional. They are run by positive people that seek to take control of their destiny, learn new skills and apply them to grow and thrive in any economic conditions.”

He continued, “ Over the next few weeks we are posting a few of the hundreds tips and ideas we covered onto various websites. They will be found on our sponsors’ websites; the
Hotel Garbe’s and Get Real Weekly. They will also appear on http://www.stefandrew.com/ where further free advice can be found via a free marketing tips newsletter.”

Further details from Stefan Drew on 07904 897 929

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Contributed - Royal British Legion Training


The Royal British Legion Portugal Branch recently held a three-day Caseworkers’ Training Course at the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra.

Thirteen Caseworkers attended a Refreshers' Course while a further eleven attended for the first time. This was the second course of its kind held in Portugal. The course trainer, Brian Simpson, said he was delighted with the professionalism and dedication displayed by all of the delegates and that the course had been a great success.

The Guest Speaker was Paul Rodwell, the British Consul to the Algarve, who gave the delegates invaluable information about what the Consular Services could and could not do; very helpful for Caseworkers when visiting a Client and assessing the need.

Portugal now has more than 30 trained Caseworkers, but more importantly the coverage spreads out to the other parts of the country where more and more British are choosing to settle, many of whom may be eligible for Legion support.

For more information visit http://www.portugal.legionbranches.net/

Coming up - Opera Production “Carmen”


On Sunday, 28th March, 2010 at the Arade Congress Centre (Parchal), Lagoa,
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A superproduction by the National Opera of Moldavia. A highly romantic and very well-known work, it is extraordinarily popular all over the world thanks to its different ingredients and the originality with which it treats the subject matter. With a marked emotional pulse, and steeped in love, passion, seduction and betrayal, its characters develop in a way that captivates the audience from the very first notes, reaching a climax of sensuality.
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More infomation: 282 498 577 http://www.algarvecc.com/

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Thank you for your Feedback - March, 2010

My partner and I both very much enjoyed our stay at the hotel - the service was very good, as was the cleanliness of the rooms and the standard of food. We will certainly recommend the Hotel Garbe to our friends.

St. Patrick's Day Quiz - Congratulations and Answers

Congratulations to Jackie Balko who is the winner of our St. Patrick's Day Quiz. Jackie has won a weekend for two people at the Hotel Garbe.

Answers

1. What day do we celebrate St Patrick's Day on?
17th March

.2. Where was St. Patrick born?
Wales

3. What did St. Patrick use the Shamrock for?
To teach about Christianity

4. What animal was St Patrick reported to have driven out of Ireland?
Snakes

5.What are you suppose to do to the Blarney Stone?
Kiss it

6. What did St Patrick do in Ireland before he went to France when he was 22?
He was a slave

7. What colour is traditionally associated with St Patrick?
Green

8. What is the capital city of Ireland?
Dublin

9. What colours are in the Irish Flag?
Green, White and Orange

10. What happens if you look away from a leprechaun?
He will disappear

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

This Weekend - Folar Fair Paderne

Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th March

The Parish of Paderne is holding a Folar Fair. Folar is a type of sweet Easter bread which has a hard boiled egg in it. The fair will be next to the Health Centre from 15.00h - 22.00h each day.

There will be live musical entertainment on each day.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Rhiwbina Bowls Club 2010 Tour


We are very pleased that the Rhiwbina Bowls Club choose our Hotel for their 2010 Tour and took the opportunity to photograph them on our terrace.

Friday, 19 March 2010

From our Golf Desk

Hotel Garbe and Hotel Carvoeiro Sol invite you to play golf and relax with our special Easter Offer.

Book a 7 night golfing break for 2 people sharing a twin room, breakfast included

All you need to do is to contact our golfdesk@hotelgarbe.com and mention the above offer (Easter Special)

Available from 29th March until 11th April 2010, subject to availability !!www.golfatgarbe.com or telephone Helen or Jane on 00351 282 320 260

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Fantastic Things

Fantastic Things
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Importers of British High Street Labels
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will be selling a wide selection of clothing
in the Hotel Garbe
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on Thursday 15th April and Thursday, 29th April, 2010
Burton, Ralph Lauren, M&S, Monsoon and many more.
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Chelb Room
Hotel Garbe
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from 10.00am - 7.00pm
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For more information please contact 925541182

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Contributed - Network Meeting - 16th March

The new networking group for working women “Network Algarve” has set up a group on the online forum LinkedIn to manage and facilitate all future communications and announcements.

A very well attended meeting was held on the 16th March at the Hotel Garbe in Armaçao de Pera to review the trial of their group on LinkedIn which had been running for 6 weeks. Network Algarve had decided to trial LinkedIn as an alternative means of co-ordinating the group’s activities.

Helen Jones of Pelican Business Services who organised this review gave a superb presentation on how Network Algarve can benefit from the features and applications of LinkedIn and how it can operate more efficiently by using the forum to communicate with its’ members.

The trial received a very positive response and the decision was made to use LinkedIn for all future communications within Network Algarve and all further meetings and events will be announced in this way. Speed Networking is the next meeting which will be held in April, if you want to get in the know and join a dynamic women’s networking organisation, get linked in. For details and events. www.linkedin.com/groups.

Royal British Legion March Lunch




A few photos of the Royal British Legion lunch which took place here today.

The Algarve Sub-Branch now has a membership of 150 and meets the 3rd. Wednesday of every month at Hotel Garbe for lunch...All visiting RBL members are welcome and please join us in the Bar for pre-lunch drinks at mid-day.
For more information please contact their Secretary David Mossman on 282332665 or e-mail dacemoss@sapo.pt
More photos can be seen here

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Algarve - News and Events

Do not miss this months Be Hip Show - now online - http://www.hipalgarve.net -

Monday, 15 March 2010

Contributed - AFPOP Albufeira Dinner and Quiz Night

In the Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pera
Friday 16th April 2010
Meet 7.00 pm in the Bar Boa Vista

AFPOP ALBUFEIRA
DINNER & QUIZ NIGHT
With free prize draw sponsored by
Diamond Cleaning Services of Albufeira

IN THE RAJ RESTAURANT
3 COURSE INDIAN DINNER
INCLUDING WINE AND COFFEE
followed by
PRIZE QUIZ
Max 6 people in a team

AFPOP members €22.50/€25.00 non-members
includes donation to Albufeira Bombeiros

to book either tel: Peter & Miriam on 289 512 513
or e-mail
albufeira@afpop.com

or tel: Lynn on 919 266 770

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Thank you for your comments

Our stay 21st February, 2010 - 3rd March, 2010

Once again, we congratulate all the staff at the Garbe during our latest visit, and in the 20 days we didn't hear in conversation with fellow guests, a moan, groan, or complaint on any hotel subject. Just compliments.

Yours bosses should be proud of the loyal staff at the Garbe, both front line, and those we never meet who are behind the scents.

We have now completed 14 visits over 7 years and I think I can say in all honesty that apart from the weather this year, the Garbe continues to maintain a high standard.

You already have our provisional booking for both November 2010 and February 2010, and we will confirm the booking once flights have been secured.

Yours sincerely.

Friday, 12 March 2010

The beach of Armação de Pêra - This morning




In our Inbox

March 2-9th 2010- Room 556

We wish to say "Thank You" for a very relaxing week despite the stormy weather.

The hotel facilities were excellent and we look forward to our next visit.

Please find attached our photos of Paulo, who we nominated as our Staff member of the week.

Yours sincerely,

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tonights' Buffet Dinner Menu

Chef’s Salads

Tomato Soup

“Red Fish “ Rolls with Pear and “Pernod”

Kebabs with Mustard Sauce

Roast Loin of Pork with Rosemary

Oven-Baked Pasta

Cheese

Deep Fried Crab Claws

Selection of Desserts

House Wine Included

Price: €20.00 – 12% Iva incl
(incl. for Half Board Guests)

Restaurant Por do Sol, Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

St. Patrick's Day Quiz - Win a weekend for two


1. What day do we celebrate St Patrick's Day on?

.2. Where was St. Patrick born?

3. What did St. Patrick use the Shamrock for?

4. What animal was St Patrick reported to have driven out of Ireland?
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5.What are you suppose to do to the Blarney Stone?

6. What did St Patrick do in Ireland before he went to France when he was 22?

7. What colour is traditionally associated with St Patrick?
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8. What is the capital city of Ireland?

9. What colours are in the Irish Flag?

10. What happens if you look away from a leprechaun?

Send your answers by e-mail to info@hotelgarbe.com before 5.00pm on Sunday, 21st March, 2010 - all correct entries will be placed in a draw. The first one drawn will win a weekend for two in the Hotel Garbe - subject to availability. Answers will be posted before the end of March, 2010.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Next Meeting of New Network Group - 16th March 2010

Contributed

Linkedin Presentation

Tuesday 16th March. 9.00am - 11.ooam
Chelb Room, Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra

Helen Jones from Pelican Business Services will give us an update on our Trial Linkedin group and do a presentation on what Linkedin is all about and how it can assist us in our businesses.

4 Euros per person includes coffee and pastries

Limited space. Book now: Helen Jones Office: 282 760 548 Mobile: 914 563 407 or Sue Ketley Tel 912379092

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Coming up - Book Signing

Dr. Piper will be in the Bar “Boa Vista” of the Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra from 11.30am - 1.00pm on Wednesday, 24th March, 2010 to sign his new book “THE ST. PETERSBURG DECLARATION” .

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It is 1868 and the Imperial Cabinet of Russia is proposing an international agreement to forbid the use of certain projectiles in time of war. In the aftermath of the bloody Crimean War, the St Petersburg Declaration is designed to establish the key ethical notion of a just balance between military and humanitarian concerns in the field of warfare.

In this entertaining, thought provoking novel, John Piper weaves a gripping vibrant fiction set in the tense months leading up to the signing of what is hoped to be a landmark declaration.

Combining rip-roaring adventure with international politics, tender romance with ethical debate, this is a novel whose issues – sadly – still resonate today.
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Dr John Piper MB, BS, FRCS read Medicine at the University of London. Following postgraduate study in Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, he worked as a consultant surgeon in hospitals in England until 1977, when, disillusioned by what he saw happening in the NHS, he took the post of visiting professor of a surgery at the University of Shiraz in Iran. Following that he worked in hospitals in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Ladysmith Hospital, South Africa and in 1985 created a department of surgery in the new Manapo Hospital in the Black South African Homeland of Qwaqwa on the Lesotho boarder. He has published a previous novel, Motherkillers, with the Book Guild Publishing. He now lives in Portugal with his wife, Odete.

All Welcome!!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Coming up - 5th World Rhythmic Gymnastics

11th - 14th March, 2010

Taking place in the Portimão Arena, the 350 participantes are coming from more than 30 countries.

Click here for more information or telephone 282 470700

Friday, 5 March 2010

Saturday morning in Loulé - by Gwen McCauley

Fruit Stand Loule Market

Especially when I’m traveling I’m not the sort of person who lives a very structured life. Routine and I don’t make the best of friends. But there are notable exceptions …and Saturday morning in Loulé is one of those exceptions.

Every time I’m in the Algarve you can find me in Loulé on Saturday morning because of the fabulous farmer’s market. But over time I’ve discovered that there is so much more to Loulé than just the farmer’s market. However, let’s start there.
Moorish Inspired Mercado Building

Right in the heart of town there is a huge market (mercado) building that houses fish mongers, butcher shops, small bakeries, fruit and vegetable dealers, pottery shops, café’s, florists, and a variety of other services. Outside, local farmers arrive and set up stands selling an incredible array of local goods. Fresh fruits and vegetables in season. Home-made Piri-Piri sauce, fresh and dried herbs, breads, cakes, local honey and seasonal flowers are always available. Cheeses, presunto (local air cured hams), chorizo and other sausages are for sale as is salt fish, candy and bedding plants.

Buying Bread


Whether you buy anything or not it is such fun to wander through the stalls, watching friends and family catch up on gossip, seeing what folks are buying, noticing what is fresh and in season this week. People are alive and engaged, weathered faces and hands ready with a smile, a nod, a willingness to show off what they have on offer. Nobody seems to mind having their picture taken.

Pottery of all designs awaits

I like to arrive early, stop at one of the local coffee shops and then saunter inside and outside of the market building while it is still fairly quiet. As the tour buses start to arrive around 10:30 or so, I have another coffee and then head off to explore other aspects of Loulé. That might mean walking half a block North from the main traffic circle and then heading East along a pedestrian mall to window shop in the many fashionable boutiques and shoe stores. I’ll head back to the main street and then back towards the mercado, continuing West about a block past it. By then there is usually a display set up on the sidewalk and into the courtyardand it is time for more shopping. I suspect there is a schedule somewhere, but I love not knowing what I’ll come across. One week it’ll be local artists selling their paintings, sculptures, cards and photographs. Another week it’ll be antique dealers, still another it’ll be crafts people offering jewelery, knick-knacks, knitted goods, etc. And sometimes it is local artisans selling breads, pastries, candies and other edibles. You just never know, which is a big part of its delight.

Getting spring water


Eventually I’ll head towards the old castle, perhaps stopping in at the small chapel that might be open, standing agog, yet again, at how much elaborate design can be crammed into one tiny room. Sometimes the street will be lined with local folks selling lotions, potions, hand made soaps and other goodies. If not, it is fun to swing down this side streetscape exploring art galleries, the Moroccan Tea Shop and hanging around the 150 year old community water fountain to watch the locals come and fill up on fresh spring water. Finally it is around the backside of the castle, through a small archway and onto yet another pedestrian walkway lined with shops of all kinds as well as pastry shops and cafés.

By late morning a party atmosphere has developed. Everyone seems to be in a good mood. A few street musicians are out and adding to the ambience. It is a time to savour life, perhaps finding a nice patio on which to enjoy another coffee and from which to watch people be people getting on with life!

Finally when my legs are tired it is time to find a restaurant and settle in for a big Saturday lunch. If you pick the right place, you’ll find yourself amongst local families celebrating the end of the week. Be aware that the market closes down at 1 o’clock. Be aware also that most of the Algarve closes down at 1 o’clock. It can be difficult to find a restaurant that’s open. When you find one and have eaten your fill, be like the locals and head home for a wonderfully long siesta, letting yourself lie back and re-live the vibrancy of the morning before you eventually decide what to cook with all that great food you couldn’t resist buying!

Inside Loule Mercado

There is so much else to talk about. But that’ll be for another posting about Loulé!

For the original post please click here

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Charity Quiz coming up - Contributed

At the Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pera
Monday 5th April 2010

QUIZ NIGHT
Winners Prize worth €25

With fund raising raffle
sponsored by

Fantastic Things
Importers of British High Street Labels
M & S Next New Look
Tlm - Stephen on 925 541182

proceeds to Castelos de Sonhos

Starts 8 pm
€2.50 per person
Teams of 2 – 6 people welcome
Bar and Snacks Available
Tlm 919 266 770 or call in to book your table

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

What's On - March, 2010

“Boa Vista” Bar
Happy Hour - 20% - Every Day from 6.00 to 9.00pm
Daily Entertainment – 9.00pm


Monday, 1st March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 2nd March - Ilze - Singer
Wednesday, 3rd March - João Caracol - Music for Dancing
Thursday. 4th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 5th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 6th March - Sandra & Jorge – Live Music for dancing
Monday, 8th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 9th March - Arte Viva - Music for Dancing
Wednesday, 10th March - João Caracol - Music for Dancing
Thursday 11th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 12th March - Xico - Guitar Player
Saturday, 13th March – Sandra & Jorge- Music for Dancing
Monday, 15th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 16th March - Ilze - Singer
Wednesday, 17th March - João Caracol - Music for Dancing
Thursday 18th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday, 19th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Saturday, 20th March - Sandra & Jorge- Music for Dancing
Sunday, 21st March - Carlos Pontes – Música Ao Vivo
Monday, 22nd March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 23rd March Arte Viva - Music for Dancing
Wednesday, 24th March - João Caracol - Music for Dancing
Thursday 25th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Friday 26th March - Xico – Guitar Player
Saturday 27th March - Sandra & Jorge- Music for Dancing
Sunday, 28th March - Carlos Pontes – Música Ao Vivo
Monday, 29th March - Nuno - Resident Organist
Tuesday, 30th March - Ilze - Singer
Wednesday, 31st March - João Caracol - Music for Dancing

Weekly
Mondays - 9.30am - Pilates - Advance Class – Chelb Room
11.00am – Pilates – Beginners Class – Chelb Room
Wednesday Evenings - 6.00pm - Silver Jewellery - Reception Area
Thursday Evenings - 6.00pm - Pearl Jewellery - Reception Area
Fridays - 9.30am - Pilates - Advance Class – Chelb Room
11.00am – Pilates – Beginners Class – Chelb Room
Fridays – 2.00pm - Learn Bridge - Chelb Room
Fridays – 7.30pm - Bridge Millennium - Chelb Room
Saturdays – 1.45.Pm - Bridge - Chelb Room
Sunday Evenings - 6.00pm - Silver Jewellery Exhibition - Reception Area
March Special Events
Friday, 19th March - Father's Day Dinner
Saturday, 20th March -
Old Time Musical Evening
Monday, 22nd March - Marketing Workshop with the Marketing Magician
Tuesday, 23rd March - Marketing Workshop with the Marketing Magician
The Facilities and Entertainment Featured May Change Without Notice

March Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available - please click here

Monday, 1 March 2010

Raj at Garbe - March Special Promotion

Complimentary Somosas when you next dine in the Raj Indian Restaurant.
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Don't miss your chance to sample our delicious Vegetable Somosas - A triangular shaped pastry filled with minced vegetables and deep fried.

Click on this link and bring the voucher with you
Valid until 31st March

Book your table now tel:- 282 320260

This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other Raj Promotion

Raj at Garbe
Hotel Garbe,
Armação de Pêra,
Silves, Algarve.
www.rajatgarbe.com
282 320260
info@hotelgarbe.com


Contributed - Benefactors latest show


Text Carolyn Kain
Photography Peter Kain

Bringing together a cast of five talented actors and comic plays, a new production ‘ Up, Down and Sideways’ was staged at the Raj in Hotel Garbe last week.

Following a splendid three-course Indian meal served in the stylish restaurant, the performance was a great success showcasing the commitments of the ‘Benefactors’ theatre group. All proceeds from their productions are donated to local charities.

Each of the one-act plays gives an insight into the partnership between a man and woman. Scripted by three different writers, two of them prize-winning Americans –Diana Amsterdam and Julius Tasca – and the third, British playwright and novelist, John Bowen. The common theme – misunderstandings between members of the opposite sex – commences with ‘Data Entry’.

When the lights come up on stage Kevin (played by Thomas Hartmann) is semi-naked lying prostrate and happy on a bed. His computer date, Carrie (performed by Diane Cantillon Ings) enters from the bathroom in a pink silk dressing gown. She reveals a story of deception and desire.

The dialogue is convincingly delivered, racy and engrossing, concluding as the couple jump blithely into bed.

The next drama, ‘One naked woman and a fully clothed man’ is set in the cinema stalls. We listen in on the thoughts of Janet (Barbara Mountford) as she sits beside her husband, Robert (John Mountford) watching an erotic film. Threatened by the movie stars pert breasts, she recalls that over the years her own have satisfied the needs of three hungry, teething babies. As thoughts of dustballs, children’s wellingtons and domestic life hone in, she wonders if the sexually explicit film might be turning her husband on!

The audience - watching the two actors watching the film - is presented with a range of highly entertaining facial expressions and amusingly eccentric body language.
The third play, ‘Fantasy Bond’ sees another couple Alice (Sandy Whittle) and Charles (Thomas Hartmann) in a Five Star hotel suite. Alice views the holiday as their second honeymoon but Charles is on the brink of announcing an affair.
Alice’s endearing personality is accurately portrayed, as is Charles, who procrastinates throughout the cleverly written script. The unexpected ending makes clear that, just like Sybil from Faulty Towers, Alice has the measure of her husband.
Bringing the show to a chronological conclusion, there is an older couple, Audrey (Diane Cantillon Ings) and Julian (John Mountford) in ‘Silver Anniversary’.
A dark comedy, it exposes the mutual destruction of a married couple. The audience is told, “the marriage hasn’t always been pleasant but it’s been easy.”
An exceptionally well-performed role, Diane Cantillon Ings is hard-boiled, straight-laced and angry, quite different from the frivolous Carrie having an affair in ‘Data Entry’.

Like the other actors Diane has been involved with many local productions, in her case often as director of ‘Aperitivo Performance Group,’ based at Sao Bras Museum. ‘Benefactors’ unites thespians from several different theatre groups across the Algarve, performing and raising money for worthwhile causes.