Theatre Buddies

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This is a new venture which we will be trialling in late 2021 and into 2022, when we return to live shows, to increase access to our theatre productions. At the moment, we are looking for theatre buddies in Brida.

Many people, either older or with social anxiety, might be worried about attending a theatre production on their own, and therefore do not attend. Sometimes they do not have a partner or friend who is available to come with them, and this is where the Theatre Buddies come in. The official theatre buddy will act as a friendly, approachable person. He will meet these audience members at the theatre entrance and provide friendly company at the show and during the interval. If several people are on their own, the theatre buddy will make the introductions and facilitate a provide a friendly group experience. Meetings start and end at the theatre or performance venue.

The theatre buddy will be asked to be in regular contact with the rest of the theatre company for show information, details of any buddy requests, and anything related to making a friendly, welcoming experience for anyone requesting a theatre buddy.

There is no need to share personal information or contact details, as buddying will be done through the theatre company.

 We will require checkable references for this role. The theatre buddy needs to be trustworthy, outgoing, respectful, and patient with other people of any demographic. He should be able to facilitate friendly conversation and have excellent communication skills.

The time commitment will involve online or in-person discussions with the theatre admin team at mutual convenience and attendance at theatre performances up to four evenings per year (with a free ticket and drink for the Theatre Buddy!).

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Brida Supermarket 19/21

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Facial Tissues
72 per pack, €2.00
Sweet Mandarin &
Grapefruit Handwash
500 ml, €1.50
Extra virgin
coconut oil
280 ml, €2.99
Moisturising Handwash
250 ml, €2.20
48 Hour Deodorant
250 ml, €1.50
Revitalising Shower Gel
250 gr, €100
Moisturising Shower Gel
450 ml, €3.50
Sanitary Towels
2 x 11 per pack, €2.85
High Protein
Shake Drink
310 ml, €3.49
Anti-Bacterial Wipes
15 per pack, €1.45
Hay fever relief
Spray, €4.50
Hair Conditioner
350 ml, €3.49
Mint Toothpaste
75 ml, €0.99
Regular Tampons
18 per pack €2.70
Allergy relief tablets
30 per pack, €10.50

Offers while stocks last. Valid from May 10 to May 15. Closed May 13

Cuisses de grenouilles à la crème (Frog’s legs in cream)

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500 g frozen frog legs
2 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. Chopped parsley
30 g butter
10 cl dry white wine
2 tbsp. Double cream
a little flour


Defrost the frogs’ legs.
Roll them in flour.
Melt the butter in a pan.
Add the frog legs, sauté and brown all sides.
Pour in the white wine and cook over high heat until evaporated.
Add the garlic and parsley, then the double cream.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.  

Tour de France, Stage 14 – Bourg-En-Bresse

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Chickens, cheese, frog’s legs.

We leave the Parc National de la Vanoise and stop in Annecy with its beautiful lake. It is also known as the Pearl of the Savoie or Venice of Savoie. The beautiful town is surpassed by the lake, with a reputation of having the purest water in Europe. 

This medieval town, with its 1000-year heritage, is a significant stage for the Tour de France. Not far from are two health resort towns, Thonon-les-Bains and Divonne-les-Bains. 

There, La Bénite-Fontaine is a spring with miraculous qualities, about 1 km from the city centre. It was attested by François de Sales at the beginning of the 17th century for its many healing powers. It is a recognised pilgrimage place. The shaded valley with its pure water offers calm and serenity for meditation, walking and relaxation. 

The tower of the counts of Geneva opens every day from May to September. It was built in the 13th century on an enormous block of rock that gave the city its name. This last vestige of the fortress of the Counts of Geneva is crowned with a breathtaking panorama.

Bourg en Bresse. It is the capital of poultry, home of the Bleu de Bresse cheese, and yes, frogs from Dombes. And we stop at the Brou Royal Monastery. But let us start with the chickens. 

Bresse poultry is well-known for its meat qualities. People say their taste is incomparable. The chickens have been awarded AOC status, which is also extended to poulards, capons and turkeys. The chickens have white feathers, red crests and blue claws. They are raised outside in meadows and are fed on grain and milk products. Each year in mid-December, the Glorieuses de Bresse takes place in several towns. It is a prestigious poultry competition. The animals are given medals and then sold to the public. Each village also has its traditional chicken markets. 

To eat “Poulet de Bresse à la crème” is to experience the height of the Bresse gastronomy.  

The French lawyer, politician and food lover Brillat-Savarin awarded the Bresse chicken the status, The queen of poultry, the poultry of kings. Since then, the label stuck. The name was protected in 1936. Eventually, the chicken was awarded AOC status in 1957. 

Bresse Bleu is a blue cheese made from pasteurised cow milk produced in Bresse. It is a soft cheese; the rind is edible and has an aroma of mushrooms. It tastes rich and buttery. It was created in the 1950s as an alternative to Gorgonzola which is less mild. Traditionally it has a diameter of 10cm, a height of 5cm and must weigh 350g.  

The frog from the Dombes area, with its 10 000 ha of lakes, is an emblem of gastronomy. People in France consume between 3000 and 4000 tonnes (roughly 80 million frogs) per year. French frog’s legs can sell up to €30 per kilo. The cheaper ones, often found in supermarkets, are usually from Turkey or Egypt and Albania. Despite the high consumption, production in France is on the decline. Patrice Francois is said to be the last French producer.

The Monastère Royal de Brou dates from the 16th century. Construction was authorised by Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, to remind her of her love for her husband, Philibert le Beau, who had died earlier. It is a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic architecture.

On the church, the roof is coloured and has glazed tiles. The church choir is where you can find the mausoleum of Philibert II of Savoy, Margaret of Austria and Margaret of Bourbon.

Finely detailed sculptures ornate the interior of the building. Margaret of Austria’s chapel boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and an altarpiece made of white marble dedicated to the seven joys of the Virgin Mary. It is definitely worth the visit.

As ever, there is much, much more to see and do, but I must push on. See you on the outskirts of Paris.