Healing Comedy at OPEN guarantees to lift your spirits on Thursday evenings. We’ve two shows; the early show is for new acts or established comics exploring new material and the late show.

Thursdays

Early Show: 7.30pm

Late Show: 9pm

This is a FREE event but you must book as tickets are limited.

If you want to book a ticket for the Early Show, click on this link

Book tickets for the Late Show by clicking on this link

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Some of the comics are at the start of their “stand up journey”, whilst others are familiar faces.

Everyone needs a bit of humour in their lives. This evening is one way of injecting it into your life! It’s also an opportunity to support two organisations by paying what you can at the end of the show. The Healing Comedy Club are supporting Mama Biashara and OPEN Ealing.

Mama Biashara works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. The charity gives grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. They offer training and employment in everything from phone repairs to manicures. http://www.mamabiashara.com

OPEN Ealing is an arts organisation with the aim to introduce a refreshing cultural space and exciting arts programmes to the community. The organisation brings together artists, performers, art groups and residents to promote creativity and create new opportunities.

About Healing Comedy Club

Every Thursday we hold a weekly open mic comedy night; all things and Covid-19 prevailing. It’s a great evening which aims to make you feel good. You get to see comedians at all stages of their careers, hear varied material and have a good laugh.

The venue is large and airy, yet has an intimate feel. The flexible seating means that we can arrange chairs in household bubbles and ensure everyone has a great view. We make sure the venue is sanitised before you come in, monitor the numbers in the room during the show and do our best to keep you safe.

Rudy Ilyas established Healing Comedy Club in 2018. They do most of their contact via Facebook. To keep up to date with their gigs like and follow their page https://www.facebook.com/groups/healingcomedyclub/

If you are an act and want to perform, please email Rudy healingcomedyclub@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you to Imbolc on Saturday 2 October. Made by Murmura, Imbolc is an online sharing of the live show and a chat with the artists.

Saturday 2 October

9pm

Online – we’ll send you the link to join the event a few days before the show.

Payment is via PayPal – please click on this link to pay your chosen contribution paypal.me/hayleyjsm

Payment options:

  • Minimum= £5
  • Suggested amount = £12
  • Custom amount = please choose an amount at the payment stage

Earlier this year we were fortunate to be able to welcome Hayley and Al to OPEN where they created Imbolc. It was a fascinating process and one which we feel privileged to have been a part of.

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come back
let go

‘Imbolc’ is made from a seed of darkness.

It is a territory of sound, image and dance. Made by husband and wife duo ‘Murmura’.

Taking inspiration from the traditional musical composition of a nocturne, Imbolc is an exploration of darkness, wildness and deep self propelled into the outside world. Imbolc is the pagan word for the time of year when spring is rumbling inside deep winter.

It integrates electronic samples with live flute, guitar, drums, dance and a series of photographic images shot at night in early February, the time of Imbolc, while staring into the sea mist at Great Yarmouth, UK. These images envelope the show.

Sonically it dwells in ambience, dark folk, and post-rock vibes.

What audiences have been saying:

“A dark, driving, potent dream”

“Reminded us of Sigur Ros, but set by the North Sea”

“Some serious sonic youth (dis)chord structure, married with The Neck’s melodic flow”

To book your ticket click this link paypal.me/hayleyjsm

Show your interest on Imbolc’s event page on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted. Look forward to seeing you all.

About Imbolc

Guitar, drums & photography: Alistair H M Simmons

Flute, vocals and dance: Hayley J S Matthews

Sound design: Sean Kennedy

Camera: Ruby Phelan

Assistant: Ezra Klarnett Coy

The Dancing Elephant is a play for the whole family.

Saturday 25 September

Two shows: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets: £10 Children (£7 Adults) includes all workshop materials

Suitable for children aged 3 or older

Mashudu is a young boy who lives with his grandparents. They are very poor and do not have money for much food. One day Mashudu’s grandmother becomes ill and he has no choice but to undertake a perilous journey through the jungle, meeting a whole host of predatory creatures to find the fruit to make her better. But the harsh terrain and predators are far from his only problems! A greedy elephant lives near the trees and wants all their fruit for himself.

Can Mashudu get the much-needed fruit to save his grandmother? Or will the elephant take it all for himself? And can he escape the dangers lurking in the jungle? Join us on this wonderful adventure through the jungle!

Fun for the whole family The Dancing Elephant is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.

The Sloven by Stefan Grabinski is a classic horror story. It comes from his book of short stories about railway travel. A Wonderful Adventure has adapted this story into a spooky play especially for the whole family.

Saturday 30 October

Two shows: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets: £10 Children (£7 Adults) includes all workshop materials

Blazek Boron has been a train conductor for many, many years. He has become jaded with passengers making his life difficult. One night, while training a new conductor, Blazek notices an old familiar smell, like fennel. He knows this smell all too well. It signals the imminent arrival of the Sloven: the train monster made up of lost things left behind by passengers, and disaster always follows in its wake!

Can Blazek convince his young recruit of the imminent danger before it is too late, and will the nervous passengers complicate matters further? What does the train monster want and can it be stopped in time? Join us for this wonderful adventure on the railway!

Fun for the whole family The Sloven by Stefan Grabinski is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is one of Jules Verne’s timeless classics. We’ve re-imagined the classic and created a brand-new adaptation for all the family!

Saturday 27 November

Two shows: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets: £10 Children (£7 Adults) includes all workshop materials

After discovering a secret message in an ancient manuscript, Professor Hardwigg is convinced that the Earth contains a vast subterranean network of tunnels that lead to the centre the planet. He goes to investigate taking his young niece Harri and the supercomputer H.A.N.S with him. They set off for Iceland and begin their descent into the crater of an extinct volcano.

What will the intrepid adventurers discover on their journey to the centre of the earth? What creatures dwell in the primordial caverns below? Dinosaurs? Will they ever make it back to the surface? Join us on this wonderful adventure to the centre of the earth!

Fun for the whole family this production is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.

Join us for a special performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, followed by a workshop.

Saturday 18 December

Two shows: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets: £10 Children (£7 Adults) includes all workshop materials

Charles Dickens’ classic in a brand new adaptation! Ebenezer Scrooge is a grumpy fellow who has lost his way. He has no friends, shuns his family and only cares for money. But with the help of a spectral visit from his deceased friend Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, it may not be too late! Can he change his ways? Christmas is a time of hope and it is never too late to make amends and let love into your heart! Join us on this wonderful adventure through the past, present and future!

Charles Dickens’ timeless classic is vividly brought to life with puppets, music and a festive magic all of its own. No matter what happens throughout the year, Christmas is always a time of hope and joy!

Fun for all the family this production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.