Event review: Fairfield Halls panto 2015: Cinderella, you shall go to the ball

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

Laughs, groans and cheesy punchlines. It’s panto time again, says Danielle Lowe

Panto always promises to be filled with laughter from the belly and sparkling costumes, and this year’s Cinderella at the Fairfield Halls is no exception.

The traditional story of the hard-working beautiful girl forced to do so many things by her ugly and wicked step-sisters is given a fun and updated twist thanks … 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 »



Event review: The Wind in the Willows, Charles Cryer Theatre, Carshalton

Posted on October 31st, by Danielle Lowe in Culture. No Comments

Danielle Lowe sings the praises of Mr Toad, Mole and Ratty

The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, 39 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB

Time from East Croydon  20 mins by X26 

Tickets £13, £12, £11.

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (CODA) has entertained people of the borough and surrounding areas for over 70 years with shows including Rent, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, … Read More »



Working in limbo: an axe hangs over a Croydon business community

Posted on October 13th, by Danielle Lowe in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Danielle Lowe is invited to meet the occupants of a North Croydon business centre, where she hears a troubling story

Rather garish mustard yellow painted brick walls, crowded out by three storeys of PVC windows, are the public face of Croydon House, Peall Road, Thornton Heath. It is surrounded by cars and vans on both sides of the road, leaving barely enough room for vehicles … Read More »



Afternoon tea in Croydon gives Knightsbridge a run for its money

Posted on October 3rd, by Danielle Lowe in Culture. 8 comments

Danielle Lowe indulges herself in a truly English tradition – the Croydon way

Originally for those of the highest social classes, afternoon tea was created as a sophisticated way to gather with acquaintances over expensive teas and fancy desserts and to see and be seen in the ritziest establishments and department stores of London.

You surely can’t get more socially exclusive than Harrods, and a couple … Read More »