What’s on at the Ealing Fringe

There have been quite a few changes to the ESF programme as not all our partner events are able to go ahead, but there is one change we are delighted to announce……

The inaugural Ealing Fringe!

Ealing Council, is eager to support fringe events produced by the borough’s creative practitioners, community groups and residents, allowing them to realise their creative vision in their neighbourhood or town centre.

Ealing Fringe Programme! 

Virtual Acton Carnival 2021!

This Saturday 17th July from 1 pm

Live streaming at www.facebook.com/actoncarnival

Live acts from Acton Carnival coming to you, wherever you are! Brought to you by ARTification, Hosted by Leathon Lacrette.
Live-streamed via Acton Carnival facebook by Mike Mckenzie & DrumCam.

Romeo and Juliette, St Martins Church, West Acton

Wednesday 3rd August: 7:30pm 7:30pm


An Emerge Production House and Butterfly Theatre Company Co Production A bilingual, reimagined, modernised version of Shakespeare’s classic

About this event

Set in a time where every country around the world has adopted ‘Brexit’ like policies and closed their borders to neighbouring countries. No freedom of travel has seen generations grow up in a world where they only ever experience what their culture has to offer. London is the last possible hub for head of government meetings, but is about to close its boundaries as well.

We enter at a volatile time where England and France, former allies, are on the brink of a war, as they can’t make their mind on who is to hold power over the Channel Islands. The two heads, Prime Minister Capulet of England and Ambassador Montague of France are fighting in court for who is to keep the Islands. At this summit, Romeo, the son of the English Prime Minister meets the daughter of the French Ambassador, Juliette. A story of forbidden love unfolds.


Emerge production House and Butterfly Theatre Company are delighted to present this current and highly relevant bilingual re-telling of this famous and much loved

Shakespeare classic:

St Martin’s Church

Wednesday 3rd August: 7:30pm 7:30pm


Running time: 1 hour 35mins.

About Emerge Production House:

Emerge Production House is a London based company providing opportunities for artists across Film, Theatre, Music and Arts sectors. It all started with a couple of aspiring playwrights wanting to create a safe hub for emerging artists, with the aim of collaborating and inspiring each other. Since their inception, they have provided a platform to over 300 emerging directors, actors, writers, spoken word artists, exhibitors, musicians, graffiti artists and bloggers.

“A vibrant, exciting and diverse company with a clear vision and the ability to make it a reality.” – Anthony Biggs, Playground Theatre Artistic Director

www.emergespaceproductions.co.uk | @emergeprod

About Butterfly Theatre Company:

Butterfly create theatre that is vibrantly alive and moment to moment. By creating authentic connection on stage and being totally responsive to each other, the audience and their environment, they create a truly authentic experience for the audience. Butterfly create and produce a variety of different shows, from the crowd-pleasing classics to imaginative new writing and adaptations, but are also specialists in working with Shakespeare with over 10 years experience performing his works in unique and inspiring locations.

“Theatre for both aficionados and complete beginners” – What’s On Stage


facebook.com/wearebutterfly | @ButterflyWeAre |twitter.com/ButterflyWeAre


Acts Film Festival 2021!

20th-21st August 2021

ACTS Film Festival is all about faith, film and community. Launching this summer, ACTS will be showing the people of Acton some love and sharing joy at this creative community pop-up cinema. For the summer screening season, our theme is celebrating new beginnings – now is the time!

Join us on the 20th and 21st August for some fantastic nights of film. Doors open at 6:45pm. As part of our launch, we are offering free screenings and refreshment will be available.

Book your free tickets via Eventbrite.com / actsfilmfest.eventbrite.co.uk

Time: Doors open at 6:45pm, film begins at 7:30pm

Venue: Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship, Acton High Street, W3 9NX

Architecture for Dogs!

Sat 7 + Sun 8 August, 10am-5pm

Free, Drop In

Inspired by the Architecture for Dogs exhibition, which was displayed at Japan House London between September and December 2020, an interactive display of architectural pieces designed for dogs by world-class architects and designers is touring some of London’s most popular dog-walking sites in 2021. For one weekend this summer, Pitzhanger will be hosting this display in its garden, accessible from Walpole Park and Ealing Green. The exhibits will be available for dogs to interact with. Pitzhanger staff and volunteers will be running a ‘dog crèche’ throughout the day so you can enjoy a visit to the Manor as well as the outdoor exhibits.

Julian Opie

JULIAN OPIE (25 June – 24 October 2021)

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5EQ

  • Open 10am-5pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and 10am-7pm Thursday (closed Monday + Tuesday). Ealing residents are free on Wednesdays and Sundays 10am-12.30pm. The exhibition runs until 24 October.

Julian Opie is a leading contemporary artist whose distinctive visual style is recognised the world over. For his solo exhibition at Pitzhanger, he has created new sculptures, paintings and films that focus on people, buildings and animals. The works create their own landscape, a walk-through environment like a computer game or a journey through a city. The exhibition is complemented by a digital walking figure at the front of Pitzhanger Manor and animated crows within Walpole Park.

The work of contemporary British artist Julian Opie is known throughout the world. Opie was born in 1958 in London and graduated in 1983 from Goldsmiths School of Art, where he was taught by Michael Craig-Martin. He lives and works in London.

The exhibition is supported by the Art Fund who have received branding association across all print and digital assets.

Soane Restored / Soane Restored Trails (Until May 2022)

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5EQ

Open 10am-5pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and 10am-7pm Thursday (closed Monday + Tuesday). Ealing residents are free on Wednesdays and Sundays 10am-12.30pm. The exhibition runs until May 2022.

Soane Restored reveals the fascinating story of how Pitzhanger – special as an almost intact example of Sir John Soane’s work – was returned to its original vision. The exhibition shows how this unique building was conserved and restored with the research and analysis, skills and techniques of master craftsmen who peeled back the layers of Pitzhanger’s history to reinstate interiors and architecture lost for over a century.

We are running regular Manor Restoration Highlight Tours (20 mins) every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11am – first come-first served; free with admission

This exhibition is supported by Historic England, Jestico + Whiles and Hare & Humphreys who have received branding association across all print and digital assets.

Rubix Drums Workshops! 

Show/Workshop: Saturday 14 August
Location: Rubix Drums Showroom (Unit 3, Belvue Business Centre, Belvue Road, Northolt)
Sessions: 10am-12pm & 2pm – 4pm

What do you get when a fun and interactive drumming session crosses sensory integrative play
therapy? A fun day out filled with music and a lot of discovery for the young ones and everyone
alike. Rubix Drums together with ABC-OT (Occupational Therapy) are hosting play and drumming
sessions at the newly re-opened showroom that boasts 150 drum kits. Every participant will get a
music item to PLAY and KEEP. There will be a morning (10am-12pm) and afternoon (2pm-4pm)
session for the early risers and the noon riders! @rubixdrums & @abc_ot_ltd (instagram)

Bija Garden of Wellbeing

September 17th -19th 2021


Talking and exploring!

Tue, August 10, 2021

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST

Talking & Exploring was set up and is run by Joanna Dudzinska, a qualified tour guide, English teacher and local history enthusiast, to bring people together in order to explore various areas off the beaten tourist trail with the help of Anthony Smith, a retired English teacher and a keen walker. The walks are mainly in the West London area, are usually not long, both in distance and time, and are as much about sharing information and perspectives as learning about what you are seeing. Apart from walks, we also offer online events.  Through Eventbrite and the Ealing Walking, Talking and Exploring Facebook group!


Talking and exploring

Sat, 11 September 2021

Join Talking and Exploring for yet another walk exploring the changing South Acton and its street art. No walk with us is the same!

Join our walk around South Acton and get surprised with what you will see and find out! This walk is free as it is part of the Ealing Fringe of the Ealing Festival 2021!

We will meet at 1 pm at Acton Town Underground Station, one of the seven stations that have the word Acton in its name! The Art Deco station is across the road from The London Transport Museum Depot which you can visit on special days!

After a good look around, we will walk down Bollo Lane trying to imagine what the area looked like when the Bollo Brook was not buried underneath.

We will look at houses old and new to see how South Acton Estate with the still standing Jerome Tower is turning into Acton Gardens. The once infamous concrete housing estate witnessed many harsh moments, including drug dealing and knife crime. A victim’s mother now has a plaque praising her efforts to put a stop to the stabbings. The blue plaque, along with many others to be discovered around South Acton, was made locally by an artist and activist who contributes a lot to the community issues, locally and on a global scale. The plaques resemble the famous English Heritage blue plaques and you need to look closely to tell the difference.

Our route will take us past the buildings that have replaced the high rise tower blocks which had been built over 30 years as part of the the post-war Victorian slum redevelopment.

You will hear about the important street art pieces that are no more and the community involvement in creating them. Many have heard of the Big Mother by the artist called STIK. It was once the tallest mural and it could be seen from the trains between Central London and Heathrow or Ealing. The new community centre has replaced a good few interesting street art pieces, and Acton’s oldest mural depicting an oak tree by an artist who lived on the estate is no more.

We may still be lucky to see one of the oldest Working Men’s Clubs in the country before we explore the area with more recent street art pieces and then rest in South Acton Park admiring a mosaic sofa by talented as well as socially and environmentally conscious artists. Soapsuds Island and a ‘church swap’ will get a mention at this stage.

From there we will go towards South Acton station to admire the Oak Tree mosaic by our local artist, Carrie Reichardt, whose works could be seen at the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum a few years ago. The Treatment Rooms Collective (a group of like-minded artists and craftspeople) supported Carrie in producing the large mosaic. The oak tree is a reference to the area’s name . Acton means farmstead amongst the oaks. That’s what the Saxons called it when they settled here. Carrie made a lot of research to put information about the local heritage on the tiles around the tree. Like the sofa by Karen Francesca Wydler, it makes for an interesting read!

Going over the railway line will give us another perspective. We will be able to look at the allotments, the urban layout and see the Chiswick Business Park in the distance. Then, going along the streets lined up with Victorian terraced houses, we will get to another mosaic wonder: a mosaic house! We will look at it from both sides, reading what we can. admiring the idea and the final product, talking about the involvement of mosaic artists from around the globe in its making, and about the neighbours’ reactions too. If we are in luck, the artist may be in and might come out to say hello. It’s happened before more than once!

After the mosaic house, if we still have the energy, we may walk up to look at Carrie’s studio which is also covered in tiles with messages and then we will be ready for a stop at a local pub but that’s optional and depends on availability. From the pub, the nearest station is Chiswick Park or you can walk back to Acton Town or South Acton.

A few more things:

Obviously, we will observe the current Covid-19 regulations.

Pictures are taken during our walks and the walk may be recorded so please let us know if you do not want to be included.

As it’s a walking tour, please make sure you wear suitable footwear and clothing.

Please email us if you have any questions regarding the walk or if you would like to book a tour with us for your party.

You may want to carry a bottle of water and a snack with you on the walk.

We look forward to seeing you!


Ealing Fringe at Walpole Park!

We can’t wait for the Ealing Fringe this year, supporting community events in all 7 boroughs of ealing and we are delighted to be welcoming some of the applicants to Walpole Park to perform with us at Ealing Summer Festival!

UFO SteelBand

Saturday 31st July – 12:00pm

UFO Steelband is based in the centre of Ealing and runs twice weekly steelpan classes for people of all abilities, age eight to 80+! Part of the community arts charity “Fox Carnival,” UFO plays all over UK and abroad… on moving trucks at Notting Hill Carnival and the London New Years Day parade, on Windrush Day at 10 Downing Street, and at endless community events. The band’s mission is to have fun sharing the uplifting musical joy of the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th Century.

UFO also delivers workshops in schools, and team-building music and performance experiences in the corporate and business world, and can be booked for events from charity balls to weddings.

UFO welcomes beginners – including those who are visually impaired or hearing impaired – as well as experienced players and percussionists. Join us!

Visit their website www.UFOSteelband.com

Strictly Sherlock

Thursday 5th August – 19:00pm

Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those startling cases, The Sussex Vampire and The Creeping Man!

Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes, in a show scripted by himself and co-directed by Goodwin and Gary Archer. Brought to you by Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Victorian Theatre with Bite!

Ealing Film Festival Screening

Wednesday 4th August – 18:30pm to 19:30pm

Welcome to the Ealing Film Festival at Walpole Park. We’ll screen an hour of short
films, five of which are our 2020 winners including the Grand Prize Winner and two
are Official Selections.
We started the film festival last year in the middle of a pandemic to try to give hope
to creative people struggling in lockdown. The response has been remarkable. We
have had hundreds of films entered from 26 different countries. Many have come
from filmmakers across the UK, and even closer to home from within the borough of
The quality of the films submitted have been amazing. Now we want to share some
of our winning films with a wider audience, to shine a spotlight on new talent.
In doing so, we hope that other people will be inspired to make and enter their own
films into this year’s 2021 film festival.

Capital Chorus

Sunday 1th August – 12:00pm

Capital Chorus is an a cappella choir for male voices which has been entertaining the people of Ealing and beyond for almost 40 years. From small beginnings in 1984 at the Ballot Box pub in Greenford, we’ve been privileged to perform at venues ranging from Northfields Allotments and Ealing Hospital to the US Embassy and the Houses of Parliament. We’ve won awards too, most recently for Most Entertaining Chorus at the annual convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers. The chorus is always delighted to welcome new members, and as restrictions ease we hope to resume our regular Monday night rehearsals at Kingsdown Church in Northfields. Find out more at www.capitalchorus.co.uk.

Aunty Owl

Sunday 1th August – 12:00pm

Aunty Owl play jaunty alternative folk, the majority of the songs are original, penned by Graham Davis (guitar, vocals) with delicately woven violin and harmonies added by Helen Tate (violin, vocals, glockenspiel)

Although Aunty Owl are a relatively new act Helen & Graham are both seasoned performers having played in venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. Together they have released five tracks on two compilation albums released by Cordelia Records.

Harrow Steel

Saturday 7th August – 12pm


Harrow Steel is a charity based in North-West London that works with young people to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and musicianship skills through playing Steel Pans. We rehearse weekly and run holiday workshops.

Our band director and arranger is Dexter Joseph, his father Winston was born in Trinidad and was a founder of Ebony Steel Band. Dexter teaches steel pans on a number of Harrow Schools.

The Steel Band formed in 1986 when the London Borough of Harrow was given a grant to start multicultural music in school. We have performed in several prestigious venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We have toured in Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland and France.

Follow them on instagram @harrowsteel.


Sunday 8th August – 12:00pm

VESU play melodic, atmospheric songs, capturing freeze frame moments in time.

VESU are : Mike Bishop (lead vocals, guitar) Chris McConville (drums), Saphia Bishop (backing vocals, keys)