Review: GIANT at St Andrew’s Church

Posted on June 8th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

This remarkable play received a big send-off

“We want theatre to be inclusive and accessible to everyone.” These were the words of Flo O’Mahony, as she introduced the last-ever performance of GIANT at St Andrew’s Church a couple of Fridays ago. Not content with just speaking the words, Flo was also signing as the whole company have learned (and continue to learn) British Sign Language.

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Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Scottee’s Bravado

Posted on May 25th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

A glimpse of toxic masculinity delivered in a space belonging to men

Disclaimer: I programmed this work for Croydonites Festival.

Scottee’s Bravado is a show performed in masculine spaces. This is because it deals with men and violence, toxic masculinity, abuse and assault. It packs a powerful punch, and the backdrop of a boxing gym, a locker room or a strip club serves to enhance that.

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Croydonites Festival 2018: a broad and confident church

Posted on April 6th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Some of the challenging, exciting and adventurous theatre productions coming to Croydon in April and May 2018

Croydonites Festival is returning with its third edition of contemporary theatre and performance; ten programmes of work showcase twelve artists (seven of them local) over four weekends. We’ve come a long way since 2015, when four artists made up the programme; and I like to think that we’re reflecting a … Read More »



Could Croydon be a capital of culture?

Posted on July 28th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. 1 Comment

The current European Capital of Culture has a lot in common with our borough

Over the last year I’ve been lucky enough to work with an organisation called Bora Bora, a venue in Aarhus, Denmark, to present a festival of European contemporary dance. Spring Forward took place at the end of April this year, attended by 200 professionals from all over the world and an … Read More »



Event review: Little Red Riding Hood with the London Mozart Players, Tuesday 30th May

Posted on June 8th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Delightful half-term entertainment delivered with gusto

The latest date by the London Mozart Players on its #LMPOnTheMove tour took place in Croydon Central Library on Thursday 1st June. Energetic storytelling by the skilful Rebecca Kenny was accompanied by five members of the orchestra playing bassoon, French horn, oboe, flute/piccolo and keyboard. The story was Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood – great source material, so they were off … Read More »



Croydonites Festival of New Theatre reloaded, by its director

Posted on February 6th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Homegrown talent rubs shoulders with the best from around the UK as the Croydonites Festival returns

In November, 2015 I presented four pieces of contemporary theatre under the banner Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. A Croydonite is one way to describe someone from Croydon, Croydon Nights are exceptionally good nights out in the theatre…in Croydon. Pretty good, huh?

It was a huge endeavour, mainly self-financed but … Read More »



What is the Fairfield for?

Posted on December 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

The South Bank of south London? As the announcement of its two-year closure for renovation is debated, Anna Arthur considers possible futures for the Fairfield Halls

Fairfield Halls has been the topic of much debate in recent years. It seems that anyone and everyone has an opinion on what it does and whom it’s for. It undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of … Read More »



Festival preview: CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre, 12th-20th November

Posted on October 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. 1 Comment

Anna Arthur on her hopes for Croydon’s newest cultural event – the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre

Last December I decided to start a theatre festival in Croydon. The idea came out of the blue whilst I was on a work trip to Norway. I love theatre, I love Croydon, I’m already the general manager of a dance festival – it was a no brainer. So I … Read More »



Event review: ‘The Reluctant Dragon’, a play for children at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on March 20th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Anna Arthur and her seven year old enjoy the cast’s enthusiasm but struggle to engage with this production

Venue: 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF

Dates: 18th-20th March at 5:00pm, 21st-22nd March at 2:30 pm

Cost: £7/£5

The Reluctant Dragon is a children’s story written in 1898 by Kenneth Grahame, who also penned The Wind in the … Read More »



Event review: ‘Choose Your Own Documentary’ at the Spread Eagle theatre

Posted on November 26th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. 1 Comment

Anna Arthur votes this interactive show a hit

I count myself lucky to have attended the first of only two performances of this show, on Friday 21st November. Its creator, Nathan Penlington is wonderfully geeky, a fact he will readily admit.

His show, Choose Your Own Documentary, references a series of books published between 1979 and 1999, entitled ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’. This book series contains 184 … Read More »