Music, drama and children’s half-term activities from OPEN Ealing this month

OPEN Ealing looks to be getting busy this spring.  Here’s just some of their events:

 A Painting, A Pie and A Pint on Thursday evenings 7.30pm

Each session will focus on a particular painting and you can enjoy hearing an expert, sharing your opinions and enjoy a home-made pie and a pint

OPEN Music on Saturday 14th May 7.30pm

Renaissance pieces to modern tango, Cretan music and jazz … and more

6 x 10 Theatre on Saturday 21st May 7pm

Six more witty and challenging performed readings.

Children’s half-term workshops from Tuesday 1st May

A chance for 8-14 year olds to try various art techniques and media in a fun environment with professional artists.


For full details of all OPEN Ealing’s events and activities and costs please visit their website




OPEN Ealing: Islamic Geometry course from Thurs 31st March 2-4pm

I thought this sounds interesting:


Starting on Thursday 31 March at 2pm we are running a 10 week course


Each week you will construct a different pattern which will then be tessellated and/or finished with a weave effect. You will explore patterns with 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 fold symmetry and how they can be tiled on a regular or semi regular underlying grid. As you gain experience and confidence with the constructions, patterns will become more complex. Time will also be spent looking at traditional colour inspirations from around the Islamic world and how these patterns can be transferred to other paper or surfaces, and  reproduced in different mediums, such as watercolour and gouache.

Our final two sessions will be dedicated to each participant producing an exhibition piece.

For full details and costs visit OPEN Ealing’s website

OPEN Ealing: A painting, a pie and a pint – Thursdays from 5th May


In this new course, Nick Pearson will comment on a masterpiece each week in an open discussion, beautifully complemented by a delicious homemade pie and a drink. Many of you will know that Nick is an entertaining and informative lecturer. In this season, he will be encouraging you to share your thoughts on the paintings.

The programme is designed as a baker’s dozen season running from 5 May to 28 July to restart in September.

The first painting to be presented will be A bar at the Folies Bergère, by Edouard Manet.

Cost: £20 a single evening or £210 for all 13 and various concessions are available.  Full details here


How to find us:

The cafe is part of the Green Man Lane regeneration development on Singapore Road in West Ealing. We are the opposite end of the road to the Ealing Magistrates Court opposite the mosque. There is a small surface car park and on road parking along Singapore Road which is free after 6.30pm. If you’re driving it might be better to put Eccleston Road in your sat nav – Singapore Road is off it.
If you use public transport: the nearest train station is West Ealing; the nearest underground station is Northfields on the Piccadilly line: buses 83, 207, 427 and Express 607 – bus stop is West Ealing Broadway and E3, E8 – bus stop is Melbourne Avenue. Walk up Brownlow Road beside BHS to the café.

New business co-working hub coming to West Ealing

The Council has been successful in securing the funding to open a full-scale business hub in West Ealing.  It’s taken a while to get here.  I had some small involvement in the original feasibility study for a business co-working hub in West Ealing which was written and researched in 2013 by a group of people who, at the time, all worked/volunteered at OPEN Ealing. I think this is great news for West Ealing so congratulations to everyone involved in securing the money and good luck with getting the hub up and running by the autumn.  Here’s an extract from the latest newsletter from the Walpole Ward councillors:

‘The council has secured funding from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund for a new business co-working hub that will open in the autumn and will offer a home for new and small businesses in St James Avenue, West Ealing. Businesses, social enterprises, homeworkers and self-employed will be able to rent desks and meeting rooms and network with each other. There may also be space for a crèche.

This follows a successful trial last year when the council set up a co-working space in a former insurance shop in West Ealing. This was known as Ealing Blueprint and was used by a wide variety of businesses and individuals during the 6 months of the trial.’

OPEN Ealing – evening of dance, music and spoken word Friday 23rd October

OPEN gala performance

OPEN is delighted to announce a gala performance featuring the wealth of local talent with whom we have worked during the year. Performers include actor Mary Drake; harpist and vocalist Sheila Moylan; The Vaudevillians; Frankie and Freddy and prima ballerina Bridgett Zehr.

Tickets cost £10 per adult (concessions apply) and can be reserved on line or by emailing

Champagne Reception: 7pm
Performance: 7.30pm

Celebrate summer with OPEN Ealing


Celebrate the weekend with an OPEN performance

We’ve some amazing performances lined up for you during August and September – join us for some unforgettable performances starting this Thursday 13 August with an innovative dance performance…Book your place by emailing or ring 07801 151713.

Still in the City
Performances: Thursday 13 August; Friday 14 August and Saturday 15 August
Venue: Welshore Community Hub, W. Ealing (next to the Cake Box)
A contemporary dance piece that explores the relationship between people in the city, in a world where we live isolated, disconnected lives. Curated by Ensemble Dance Co founder Hayley Matthews (who hails from Ealing), the piece is visiting Berlin, London, Plymouth and Norwich this year and next. In each location Hayley works with dancers and musicians living in the city where the performance is taking place and grows the work from the fabric of each place.
Tickets Cost £8 (concessions available). Reserve your place on line @

6 x 10 Theatre
Friday 14 August @ 7.30pm
Venue: Green Man Lane Café, Singapore Road, W13 0EP
A marvellous way to start the weekend – performed readings by professional actors steered by OPEN’s playwright in residence, Wally Sewell and directed by Artistic Director, Anthony Shrubsall. This evening’s plays are written by Alan Jones and Liam O’Grady:
• Nyktomorph
• The Doll
• Brothers
• Twinkle
The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be reserved on line, or by emailing

Look out for…
Orbits | 4 & 5 September
OPEN Music | 12 & 19 September
A musical and dance spectacular @ St Barnabas Church | 25 September featuring prima ballerina, Bridgett Zehr
A 6 x 10 Celebration | 26 & 27 September

There’ll be spoken word too – details tbc

OPEN Ealing performances and exhibitions coming soon

Digital Photographic Exhibition
Celebrating work by the students of OPEN’s Digital Photography course led by Rod Morris

Thursday 30 April


Green Man Lane Cafe

Free admission

Misfits of London: The Gin Chronicles
27 April – 1 May

St James Studio, 12 Palace Street. London SW1E 5JA
Directed by OPEN’s Artistic Director, Anthony Shrubsall, The Misfits of London are back, but in a new guise.
World War II is over, and in a time of austerity 5 unique performers, including an ex-spy and a cross-channel swimming hero, welcome you into the warmth and eccentric charm of their radio studio to perform “The Gin Chronicles”, the first episode in a series of radio style-comedy thrillers.
This is a fast paced period comedy with a decent splash of satire that should be just the tonic for any audience.
To book visit

White Bear Theatre | London SE11
28 April – 2 May
A new play by WALLY SEWELL and directed by ANTHONY SHRUBSALL; first performed at the Ealing Autumn Festival has transferred to the White Bear Theatre in Kennington Park Road.

In 1941, fleeing from the Nazis, radical left-wing German playwright, Bertolt Brecht, found himself in Hollywood where he met the British movie star Charles Laughton. Orbits imagines their working relationship as they collaborated for three intense, creative years on the translation of Das Leben des Galilei (The Life of Galileo) for its American premiere.

The premiere was directed by Joseph Losey with Laughton playing Galileo. It took place in 1947 against a background of the bombing of Hiroshima and increasing anti-communist paranoia.
To book visit
6 x 10 Theatre
Saturday 9 May

Green Man Lane Cafe
Performance starts at 7.30pm

Cost: £8 | £6 Concessions | £4 GML residents

Email to reserve a place

OPEN Music Saturday 23 May
An evening of musical delight featuring Sheila Moylan, Madara Vilson and the Vaudevillians

Green Man Lane Cafe

Performance starts at 7.30pm
Cost: £8 | £6 Concessions | £4 GML residents
Email to reserve a place

Sheila Moylan is an accomplished musician and vocalist. She is well known locally and has recently performed at OPEN when she delighted the audience with her repertoire and Irish Harp.

With her distinctive mix of genres, languages and powerful voice range, London-based Estonian singer Madara Vilson will take you on a musical journey sure to be the perfect entertainment for any event in search of elegant and sophisticated entertainment. From beloved jazz standards to soulful and technically challenging Russian romances, sultry bossas to cheeky swing, all wrapped up in a dazzling on-stage persona, Madara’s tastefully mixed repertoire with the ability to entertain in 6 different languages – English, Russian, German, French, Estonian, and Latvian – is sure to entice and unify the most varied of audiences. Tonight she is accompanied by Alex Menaker on guitar and will perform an enticing set entitled You Must Believe in Spring.

The Vaudevillians will round off the evening with their usual flair and panache – taking you on a journey through the different worlds they inhabit.

OPEN Ealing exhibition launches on Thursday


All In That There Is

Opening times:
Thursday 10.30am – 9.30pm – private view from 6.30pm
Friday 10.30am – 8pm
Saturday 10.30am – 6pm
Sunday 10.30am – 2pm

Venue: The Welshore Community Hub, 99 The Broadway, West Ealing (next to the now closed Morrisons on the corner of Uxbridge Rd and St James Ave)

OPEN will be showcasing an original video installation by Jack Jones. All In That There Is presents a series of experimental film and digital animations using formats commonly associated of social media, language and popular culture. Merging the distinction between fine art and every day culture to create a point of access where the necessity to understand what the viewer is looking at is not important.

There is a poetic theme that runs across the video that engages cross culturally using different languages, word games and references. the moving images act as settings or landscapes to give a context to the texts

More information about OPEN Ealing here











An evening of jazz and blues at OPEN Ealing on Saturday 28 February

Stefania Salvador & Jack Honeyborne in concert at the Academic Theatre in Italy
Saturday 28 February
Green Man Lane Cafe, Singapore Road, West Ealing W13 0EP
Tickets cost £8 each (£6 concessions – OAPs/Students/Unemployed) (£4 for GML residents)
We have a fabulous line-up of local musical talent for you on Saturday 28 February. Headlining will be local jazz piano legend Jack Honeyborne and his sensational singing partner Stefania Salvador. He’s a long-standing stalwart of the Ealing Summer Jazz Festival and performs regularly around Ealing and at the Spice of Life in Soho. Jack’s career goes way back. He was Vera Lynn’s music director for 20 years. Before that, in the 50s, he played with many of the popular dancebands, including The Squadronaires, the Joe Loss Orchestra and Nat Gonella and his Georgians. Jack has also worked with Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr, Harry Secombe and Peggy Lee. He’s a true music legend.

Jack has been working with up-and-coming singer Stefania Salvador ever since she arrived in Ealing from her native Italy in 2011. A classically-trained pianist herself, Stefania can turn her hand to any number of styles – jazz, French chansons, the Great American Songbook, and popular songs in several languages including, of course, Italian. Tonight, Jack will treat us to a few stories and anecdotes from his long career – and a highlight of the set will undoubtedly be one of Stefania and Jack’s legendary “four hands” pieces on the piano!
We have a great support act for you too. Doc Stenson is a well-known singer-guitarist on the folk and blues circuit, a master of genres from country and city blues to ragtime, old jazz, bluegrass, Irish and Tex-Mex. Vintage Americana is his bag. And he plays a mean harmonica too. During his long career he has played with blues artistes such as Lowell Fulson, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Brownie McGhee and Lazy Lester. He’s a bit of a musicologist too, and will no doubt take you on a journey with a few of the numbers he has tracked from Scotland and Ireland way up into the Appalachian Mountains, where Celtic jigs and reels changed their names and became old-timey fiddle tunes.

So come along and enjoy a fine evening of music that crosses the genres – from jazz to blues, Parisian melodies to hillbilly two-steps, possibly even a bit of classical. And everything in between.

Treat yourself to a pre-show dinner with Coco Labelle. Chef Elisabeth Brown and her team bring you the freshest flavours in a delightful fusion of Mauritian, Caribbean and European food. Doors open at 6pm. To make your dinner reservation please email us
Vegetable Spring rolls on a bed of Crispy Seaweed £3.45
Meat Spring Rolls on a bed of Crispy Seaweed £3.95
Lentil, Quinoa, Rocket, Seaweed & Seeds Asian Infused Salad £5.95
Salad + 2 Vegetable Spring Rolls £7.95
Bol Renverse’ £8.50 the upside down bowl Chinese marinated chicken, rice and fried egg
Miso Soup £6.95 noodles, tofu, mushrooms, mange tout & baby corn

Saturday 7 March : OPEN Theatre – 6 x 10 Performed Readings
Plays written by Viv Lake, Jane Walker, Sally Sheringham and Wally Sewell

Saturday 21 March : Spoken Word
Zena Edwards and Friends

Saturday 28 March : OPEN Music
The Vaudevillians

30 March – 10 April : Workshops for children and young people