On the evening of 27th July members of the ActForEaling (AfE) steering group and guests spent a riveting 40 minutes under the water as brightly coloured fish, octopus, dolphins and other sea creatures swam around them between beautiful seaweeds. But then everything began to go dark as plastic bottles and other waste fell to the ocean floor destroying the vibrant life; a stark message. But all was not lost; misty human figures started to appear and work together to pull on a discarded piece of red rope. Life began to return. There is hope if we all work together.
This immersive film, Red Rope, was followed by a chance to meet and chat over refreshments, to network and to reflect on the message of the film. Sarah Hadland as AfE’s chair explained its mission, to encourage collaboration between the various environmentally-focused groups in Ealing and to help to spread messages about eco issues and action to as many people as possible across the Borough. Enid Barron (a steering group member) spoke about how this might play out in practice, building on the film’s message about waste as an example. There was a vibrant atmosphere as people made new contacts and discussed issues of common interest.
Those guests who were not already partners of ActForEaling were encouraged to join and those who already were, to make use of the publicity and other benefits it offered. In turn the AfE team would work on plans for further opportunities to meet and to act for Ealing This event took place at IMPACT theatre, a community arts centre for adults with learning difficulties, situated on Horsenden Lane South. https://www.impacttheatre.co/ The amazing film we saw, Red Rope, was made by their creative team and centre users. The film will be shown at the South Bank Centre on 12th and 13 August. It is well worth a visit. IMPACT also provided the superb hospitality. Many guests had known nothing about IMPACT before we met there but were delighted to have discovered it. Our thanks to all at IMPACT for their hard work in making the 27th July gathering such a success.
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