Here's your guide to some of the best things to do in the week ahead:


  • 5’s A Crowd

Meet the Akindes: Agatha, Solomon, Keisha, Kendei and Tayo, and follow their whirlwind mix of personalities. A talented cast of five black male actors play 22 characters, over three generations, from two cultures, all in one comical family. Hackney Empire and The Dugdale Centre present this play written by Ashley J Francis and directed by Roger Griffiths. There will be post-show discussions on July 24 and 25.

The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield, July 23 to 26. Details: 020 8807 6680,


  • London Bridges

Tottenham Independent:

Our hero, story-collector Jack, lives on one of London’s many bridges and is on a quest to collect the magical stories brought to his city from around the world. Join some very familiar characters – thestubborn princess, the mysterious wizard, the dastardly villain and the fool as they retell a cascade of stories old and new, using amazing puppets, beautiful music and a madcap and zany energy. 

Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, July 31 to August 9. Details: 020 8292 9222,


  • Edinburgh Previews

Catch the last of these first looks at comedians, shows before they head up to Edinburgh Festival. Nish Kumar and Eric Lampert will be on stage on July 27 and John Robbins and Patrick Monahahn on July 28.

Arthouse, Tottenham Lane, Crouch End,  July 27 and 28. Details:


  • The Big Stitch

Join Enfield and District Embroiderers’ Guild as they celebrate The Big Stitch in the Inner Courtyard. Be inspired by Forty Hall, the place and exhibitions, as you sit down to stitch.

Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, Saturday, August 2, 12noon to 5pm. Details: 020 8363 8196,


  • Petunia’s Pick – Peppa Pig at the Farms

Tottenham Independent:

The ever-popular character will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day – don’t miss the opportunity to come and see her.

Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Wednesday, July 30, 10am to 5pm. Details:


For a full list of events, see the Just the Ticket pages in this week's Independent Series newspapers in print or online here.