Month: June 2016

High-End Kitchen Business PROVENCALE is TSS BotM for June 2016

After having a face-to-face meeting with Provencale founder, Ian Philliskirk, TSS Ed. decides to profile Ian as well as his company in this Business of the Month article, as Ian is very much the embodiment of the Provencale business About Ian and Provencale Please meet, Ian, a personable man, a no fuss professional, who has well and truly earned his stripes within the KBB industry. Not just as a business owner but as a fitter, a designer and a planner. He is a small business supporter and commentator and a known community figure in his long established surrounds of South Derbyshire. Ian has 35 years of total involvement in the kitchen industry as a whole. Ian has valued connections with other skilled workers and chooses to deal with only one or two tried and tested suppliers/brands with a reputation for manufacturing quality, and who offer Ian a high standard of customer service that he can pass on to clients The Product Complete fitted kitchens including related building works i.e. flooring, lighting etc. and the supply …

Stage Review – 42nd STREET at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, UK

This show is absolutely charming. It is tuneful and colourful and there is plenty to enjoy. However, Broadway flair is somewhat drip-fed rather than is wildly unleashed in the House. Pitching and pacing is a bit slow to start but there are some special moments, especially in the more clipped and classier Act 2 Such love bubble musicals, like 42nd, where main characters prefer to either court their own egos than be appreciative of the business (as diva, Dorothy, demonstrates in this one). Or, are more fanciful with the idea of being a star rather than embracing the reality of it (as is the case with 42nd’s starlet Peggy Sawyer) … are successful reoccurring themes within this genre when it comes to their character portrayals, and across many decades of musical theatre writing The cast is large, and the choreography brings in some traditional ‘top hat and tails’ style tap dancing steps and ballet moves and positioning. Girls sing in high pitched American tones synonymous to musical comedy holding back the sounds in their throats …

Jersey Royals and two hob cooking potato recipes

About Jersey Royals: Jersey Royal New Potatoes ‘Jersey Royals‘ have Designation of Origin protection (PDO) under the EU Protected Food Name Scheme. The scheme identifies locally produced food and drink products which have a unique heritage. In the case of Jersey Royals, we are presented with a premium, branded, new potato which dates back over 130 years of being uniquely grown, cultivated and harvested on the island. The PDO ensures that it is only Royals grown in Jersey can be called “Jersey Royals”. The Jersey Royal Company says ‘The unique Jersey soils are treated with vraic (seaweed) and early crops are grown on the steep slopes. Each potato is lifted and packed fresh to guarantee the unique and nutty flavour the Jersey Royal Potato is famous for” Jersey Royals are a fibre-packed, low GI carb that keep you fuller for longer and are arguably the healthiest potato on the market. Asda supermarkets states that the Top Seven Health Benefits of Jersey Royals are: that they’re high in vitamin C for healthy teeth, bones and hair that they have more …

Stage Review of The Birthday Party – A LCT Production

Approaching the last few days of a long tour across the UK and Ireland which started in Cheltenham in the middle of February, and which ends in Coventry this weekend on June 18. I have reviewed a couple of shows previously under Michael Cabot’s direction (Equus and Absent Friends) but this falls some way short in comparison, and is not as good as I had expected or had hoped Setting is a room inside a seaside boarding house. Proprietors, Meg and Petey have only one long term guest staying, named Stanley, who rarely ventures out. Therefore, the arrival of two physically strong male guests: one middle-aged, confident, who engages in anecdotal storytelling about himself all the time, while the second guy is younger; uptight; intense, who both become a distraction for Meg (albeit a mild one as there’s not much going on between the ears there). Whereas their arrival and possible intention is not so much of a surprise for Petey (probably). The presence of the two men is hugely unsettling and confusing for Stanley however; but he’s not …

Stage Review of HAIRSPRAY at Lichfield Garrick Theatre

With a mix of dialogue (General American) and music/lyrics by American composer, Mark Shaiman and lyricist Scott Whitman, these melodious songs are played by a live ‘orchestra’ and we see Kitty Roberts starring as the vivaciously funny and morality driven, Tracy Turnblad, wearing that distinctive oversized wig. Roberts is just perfect in the lead role What comes across in the performances is that everyone is enjoying what they do. The solos are strong, and backing singing is very good, but when tunes require more voices one or two are not quite hitting the right key. Generally, however, there’s some quality singers in this set up, the song ‘I know where I’ve been,’ is stunning – such ‘nice pipes’ Marsha Webbe, and some great harmonies from others. And the song ‘You’re Timeless to Me’ is another highlight, a duet by Edna (Mark Skett) and Wilbur (Tony Orbell). Edna is traditionally a female character played by a man, and Skett is just great! His Edna lands somewhere between Les Dawson’s Ada and the theatrical Shirley MacLaine! While …