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Event review: ‘The Producers’ by Theatre Workshop Coulsdon

Posted on December 17th, by John Gass in Culture. No Comments

John Gass finds political incorrectness gone mad in Coulsdon

Coulsdon Community Centre, Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3BE

Time from East Croydon  26 mins by 166 

Thursday 18th December 8:00pm, Friday 19th 8:00pm, Saturday 20th 3:00pm and 8:00pm, Sunday 21st 3:00pm

Tickets £9, concessions £5

Mel Brooks’s film The Producers has become a classic and is a personal favourite, so I have to admit … Read More »



Surrey Street Treats: a Christmas less ordinary

Posted on December 17th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

Jess Bashford celebrates Christmas with some ideas from Croydon’s historic street market

We all know what time of year it is. And we all know what that means – it’s time to eat. So it’s also time to get cooking. With Surrey Street’s winter haul brimming, I thought it would be good to give some of their more ordinary ingredients a Christmas twist: apples and onions.

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Event review: Belshazzar’s Feast at the Oval Tavern, Sunday 7th December

Posted on December 12th, by Anne Giles in Culture. No Comments

Anne Giles enjoys traditional carols, bum notes and festive folk music

My husband Steve and I went along to this gig at East Croydon’s Oval Tavern recently. We know the musicians very well. They are Paul Sartin, who is a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger. He performs and records extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners and nominees Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus, … Read More »



Review: the 2014 Fairfield Halls pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Posted on December 11th, by Danielle Lowe in Culture. No Comments

Danielle Lowe had a lovely time at the Fairfield panto. Oh no she didn’t! Oh yes she did!

There’s always glitz and glamour at seasonal pantomimes and on Tuesday 9th December, this year’s Fairfield Halls production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs proved to be no exception.

With an array of modern twists and interactive fun the story is brought to life and everybody … Read More »



Restaurant review: Yumn brasserie, South Croydon

Posted on December 10th, by Joy Akwue-Butler in Culture. No Comments

Mirror mirror on the door… Joy Akwue-Butler enjoys new fusion cooking despite an unexpected impact

69-71 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BF

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes / 5 minutes 119, 466 or 312

What strikes you when you enter Yumn Brasserie is the very modern décor – it looks chic with lots of glass and mirrors. In fact it may help … Read More »



Event review: Sine Nomine Singers perform ‘Symbols of Mystery’, Saturday 29th November

Posted on December 8th, by Catherine Pestano in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Pestano goes beyond the borders of Croydon to be blissed-out in Bickley

Last Saturday, the 29th November, I attended my first Sine Nomine Singers concert, just across the border in the wilds of Bromley (sorry, it’s lovely really!). The concert was Symbols of Mystery and it was performed in the acoustically fabulous, stone-walled church of St George, Bickley.

Sine Nomine Singers are affiliated … Read More »



Art in Matthews Yard: past, present, future

Posted on December 8th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Matthews Yard’s Saif Bonar and Leoni Descartes talk to Bernadette Fallon

If you ask Saif Bonar, founder of Croydon’s Matthews Yard, whether he has achieved what he set out to do with his artistic plans for the venue, he will laugh. “We didn’t set out to do anything with art; there was no original concept,” he explains.

So, over three years later, the fact … Read More »



Always the prince: Gareth Gates comes to Croydon

Posted on December 5th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Before stepping out as Prince Charming this evening, on the opening night of Fairfields Halls’ Christmas pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gareth Gates had a chat with Bernadette Fallon

From the adulation of millions in the heady days of the first-ever Pop Idol phenomenon, to the stage of Fairfield Halls for the Croydon Christmas panto: it’s been quite a journey for Gareth Gates. But … Read More »



Interview with Rainer Hersch: taking the mickey out of the classics?

Posted on December 3rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Preparing to perform in Croydon this Christmas, Rainer Hersch talks symphonies, selfies and Serkis with Liz Sheppard-Jones

Rainer Hersch is coming to Croydon for Christmas, bringing the Johann Strauss Gala to Fairfield Halls for one show only, on Saturday 27th December. The show’s a huge hit, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and promises billowing gowns and the Blue Danube Waltz among other celebrated tunes, spiced … Read More »



TURF Projects: art innovation in the community

Posted on December 2nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon meets artist and TURF founder Alice Cretney to talk art and golfing in Croydon

Crazy golf outside East Croydon station, outdoor films in the skate park at Wandle Park, billboard posters around the town… just some of the artistic endeavours delivered by TURF Projects, who organise artist-run exhibitions and events in Croydon. It’s art, Jim, but not as we know it.

Well, … Read More »