Why must I be a teenager in love? CODA Croydon presents Romeo and Juliet in Wandle Park

Posted on August 7th, by Sue Harling in Culture. 2 comments

Love was definitely not lost or laboured,in this lovingly staged take on Shakespeare’s ode to doomed romance

My quiz-team friends will confirm that I “don’t do Shakespeare”, but I know from CODA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2016 that it is possible to enjoy his works when you’re not worrying about memorising quotes for your O level (GCSE, in old money). This year’s CODA production … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Mozart double bill by Pop-Up Opera

Posted on May 22nd, by Sue Harling in Culture. No Comments

It’s voice-to-voice combat in Croydon

As a keen amateur singer, I take any opportunity to observe the professionals at close quarters, so I was delighted to learn that the Croydonites Festival 2018 would include a Mozart double bill by Pop-Up Opera. Not only would I be close to the performers due to the intimate venue, but the proximity of the venue itself meant that I could be … Read More »

Event review: Eugene Onegin performed at Whitgift School, south Croydon

Posted on March 24th, by Sue Harling in Culture. 1 Comment

Try not to sulk if you don’t get the girl, there’s still a marvellous soundtrack

My most recent experiences of opera have been scaled-down versions by Opera Up Close and Charles Court Opera, so I was looking forward to a full-scale performance of Eugene Onegin at Whitgift School in south Croydon. The production ran from Sunday 12th to Saturday 18th March and boys from the school were … Read More »

Event review: an evening with former organists of Croydon Minster

Posted on June 15th, by Sue Harling in Culture. No Comments

The minster’s the daddy, says Sue Harling, and its former organists provided a wonderful evening’s entertainment

As a choral singer of thirty years’ standing, I like to think I know quality and consistency when I hear it, and the minster choral foundation has never failed to impress. I wasn’t sure what to expect, though, when a friend invited me to an ‘evening with former organists of Croydon … Read More »

Whither Waddon?

Posted on June 6th, by Sue Harling in Politics & Society. No Comments

Waddon lies at the heart of Croydon’s upcoming electoral boundary review, says resident Sue Harling

The electoral ward of Waddon may be marginal but we’re by no means peripheral to the boundary review debate.

Pity the poor person who has to sort out how to re-distribute the voters of Croydon, who have lacked the foresight to distribute themselves evenly across the borough’s electoral wards. Does anyone … Read More »

I moved to Croydon and married a Chelsea fan, but Leicester City’s written on my heart

Posted on May 23rd, by Sue Harling in Sport. 1 Comment

As Croydon’s Eagles dare but don’t quite succeed, a Foxier football fan confesses her loyalties

The news that Leicester City FC had done the impossible and won the Premier League led me to reflect on my relationship with my home-town club. It fits neatly into four stages. First there are early childhood memories of the Filbert Street floodlights when we were taken to the dentist in nearby Sawday … Read More »