We had been basking in glorious sunshine under cloudless blue skies and then the rain came! We were feeling blue. What was on the horizon?
A visit to Hotel Garbe situated on the beach at Armacao De Pera. A table for 10 was booked and we all met up to support The Royal British Legion in their quest to feed and entertain us but most of all collect funds for the needy ex servicemen and women.
We feasted on a 3-course meal in the hotel’s Raj Indian restaurant. What a feast it was too, washed down with wine followed by coffee. All diners were ably looked after by Paulo and staff.
With tummies full to bursting, we then sat back to be entertained.
President of the local British Legion, Harry Warner, was Compere/Master of Ceremonies for the evening and got all theatre-goers into the right mood by telling a few jokes and distributing the raffle prizes.
This was followed by 2 One Act Comedy Plays, “Dinner for One” and “Plaster”.
“Dinner for One” was acted by Alf and Barbara Dyson. The play was a trifle slow and it was thought that the non-speaking part of Butler James should have been allowed a few “um’s” and “ah’s” to “ginger along” the audience with the plot.
“Plaster” brought together David and Sue Butler, both of whom gave sterling performances of this most hilarious “husband and wife” scenario. Set in a hospital ward where poor David was plastered from head to toe. His facial expressions when wife asked those “wifey-type” questions were unforgettable.
Both plays were directed by the well-known Jenny Grainer.
Last on the bill was the very talented artist/singer Graham Cooper who had us all laughing/singing and tapping to his selection of good “oldie songs”. Watch out for this man, he will go FAR. Well I know he’s been to FAR-O, ’cos he told us so!
The original plan was for 2 shows on 9th & 16th November. However, as both were “sell-outs” a further evening’s entertainment has been arranged for Thursday 23rd November.
These “Dinner/Play” evenings are excellent value for money and because of their popularity, if repeated in the future, it is recommended seats are booked early to avoid disappointment.
Total contribution towards RBL funds was 1267 Euros.
Pauline Thurman. 20 November 2006.