Event review: Up The Women! by the Croydon Bicycle Theatre

Posted on February 23rd, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

Croydon Bicycle Theatre hosts Up the Women!, an evening celebrating female achievement on the 109th anniversary of the first votes for some women in the UK

Charging at police with her crutches attached as battering rams on her wheelchair, Rosie May Billinghurst, the so-called Crippled Suffragette, didn’t just attend suffrage rallies. She made an impact that inspires women’s rights campaigners to this day. However, would she be able to do … Read More »



Croydon Cabaret Festival review: Ada Campe at the Spread Eagle pub theatre, Saturday 13th May

Posted on May 25th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

An eccentric and mischievous night with the engaging Ms Campe

“Hold the beans to my temples, my dears. It’s very important that you don’t break contact!”

These words are seared in my memory, just like the wild stare of Ada Campe, star of ‘Ada Campe in Cress’.

The show, part of the Croydon Cabaret Festival at the Spread Eagle pub theatre in Katharine Street, combined comedy, magic … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2017 review: Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer

Posted on April 21st, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

Traditional dance subverted into something even more powerful

Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer combined humour, expressive physicality and – on an evening when Croydon would make national headlines – shone a spotlight on what it means to have a ‘foreign identity’ in Britain today.

The show, part monologue, part dance recital, started with a mint. As audience members took their seats inside Braithwaite Hall, dancer … Read More »



Event review: Croydon International Film Festival 2016

Posted on November 17th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

IFF 2016′s director looks back on the highlights of this year’s festival

An intimate portrait of a single, black father, Christmas as a homeless person, a controversial animation about sexuality in childhood, and a submarine stuck on a mountain top: these were just a few of the unforgettable moments which engrossed the audience at the fourth Croydon International Film Festival.

The Croydon International Film Festival (CroydonIFF) has … Read More »



I’m not even involved with Saffron Central but it’s already my favourite thing in Croydon. Here’s why.

Posted on October 28th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. 1 Comment

Neil Ridulfa on the meaning – and the treasure – of Croydon’s saffron farm

If you’re a Croydon Citizen reader, you will no doubt be familiar with the Saffron Central project launched by Croydon Radio‘s Ally McKinlay. I have, with ever expanding joy, been following its progress without having visited any of the newly minted, mini-crocus farms cropping up in the borough. Yet I feel connected to … Read More »



Electric Bikes – Croydon’s next transport revolution?

Posted on November 29th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. 7 comments

Are Croydon’s residents missing out on a way to find freedom and equality? Neil Ridulfa explores

Croydon has always been a place for pioneering transport. The town gave the world its first purpose built airport terminal, the world’s first public railway, and decades after the rest of the country gave up on them, Croydon took the bold step of bringing trams back to the borough. … Read More »