WHEN Maureen Lippiatt takes to the stage this weekend in Gloc Musical Theatre's production of Just So, at Questors Theatre, it will be her 75th performance with the company.
In the 40 years since she joined in 1970 she has performed in every show. She says she has loved every one of them, but Just So is the first time she has played a cake!
Maureen, who moved to Hanwell with her family from Notting Hill the day the Second
World War broke out, originally joined the company, formerly known as Greenford Light Opera, when an aunt, who had also moved to the area, dragged her along to rehearsals.
Little did she think it would keep her busy on Wednesday evenings for the next 40 years!
Just So is an eclectic upbeat musical based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling and worth a visit if only to see this amazing woman.
what? Just So production where? Questors Theatre, Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BQ when? Tonight and tomorrow, April 30 and May 1 at 7.45pm cost? £13/£16 contact? 020 8572 0475 see: www.glocmt.org.uk
Drop in and marvel
ONE of its kind is how the Bright Sky exhibition is described - and it is worth a look for its sheer individuality.
Photonpaintings is the description Latvian artist Gints Gabrans gives to his work, which features images created by breaking a laser beam inside a drop of water.
The beam is shined through the drop and the reflected white light of the laser beam disperses into all the colours of the spectrum.
Gints, a well-known Latvian contemporary artist, has won many awards and exhibited his work in Europe, Australia and the USA.
what? Bright Sky Exhibition where? Watermans Gallery, 40 High Street, Brentford TW8 ODS when? Now until June 6, noon-9pm cost? Free see: www.watermans.org.uk
Dark night out for charity
FOR a night out with a difference and a chance to raise funds for teenage cancer, don your shades to give a darker edge to your fancy dress.
The Fancy club is taking over the 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire as part of its event to help launch this year's Rock Your Shades for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Combine your shades with fancy dress of your choice and enjoy some groovy sounds. The most creative and imaginative outfit wins a £250 prize.
what? Rock Your Shades for Teenage Cancer Trust where? 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire when? May 1, 9.30pm-3am cost? £12.50 or £3.50 if you become a Fancy member. £1 donation to TCT contact: 07810 750 380 see: www.fancydub.co.uk
Scatter-gun surrealism from Tony
THERE'S a rollercoaster double bill at The Drayton tonight (Friday) if you fancy a good laugh.
Tony Law has been described by The Independent as giving 'one of the best comedy performances of the year' with his surreal, scatter-gun style, while according to Time Out, Noel James 'brilliantly liberates the lunatic side to our personalities'.
Tony, a Canadian, has performed at a number of comedy festivals around the country and Noel has also done some serious acting and does throw in the occasional guitar playing and singing.
MC is Phil Zimmerman.
what? Comedy at The Drayton with Tony Law and Noel James where? The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, W13 8PH when? Tonight (Friday) at 9pm cost? £9 contact: 07853 664 877 see: www.wegottickets.com
It all fits, somehow
A PROJECT organiser who enjoys creating mosaics for inside and outside is holding her first exhibition.
Ealing resident Rosanna Henderson is displaying her unique work at the atmospheric Osterley Park Garden Gallery.
Rosanna, who runs her own project-organising business, said: "This is a great opportunity to view a varied and vibrant range of indoor and outdoor mosaics.
"I will also be showcasing a unique collection of mosaic and mixed media abstracts."
what? Mosaic exhibition where? Osterley Park House, Jersey Road, Isleworth TW7 4RB when? Now until May 9, 1-4.30pm cost? Free and you can buy or commission work from Rosanna see: Rosanna@conkercrafts.co.uk.