Croydonites Festival of New Theatre announces its programme for 2018

By - Wednesday 14th February, 2018

The ground-breaking Croydon theatre festival returns for its third year, offering the surreal, the singular and the sincere.

Image by Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, used with permission.

Release begins: The third edition of Croydonites Festival of New Theatre will present works over four weeks between 27 April and 20 May 2018. We continue our mission to bring new performance work to Croydon and provide a platform for local artists, with seven of the twelve based in the borough.

Get ready to be thrilled, soothed and made over. Get cosy with some late night radio, and spar with wolves. Take a thrilling ride round the streets of Croydon, or find a better more beautiful you. Get ready for the surreal, the singular and the sincere. Feel included, feel left out and see Croydon through the eyes of a Hollywood lens. Then rise like a phoenix and soar to the tunes of a master. All in Croydon.

Croydonites is spreading its theatrical wings in 2018 and heading to new territory. From personal memoir to pop-up opera, parody to pathos and immersive to intimate, it’s welcoming new genres of performance to its programme from UK and Croydon based artists. Featuring four premieres and a film commissioned by Croydonites (and made on location here), the festival showcases fantastic British theatre and performance, with seven local artists leading the way.

Supported by Arts Council England and Croydon Council.


27-28 April 28 April 3-20 May 4 May 11-12 May 12 May

17 May

18 May

19 May 19 May

Gill Manly – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre
Scottee – Croydon Boxing Academy
Parabolic Theatre Company – Site Specific
Double Bill: Sarah Blanc & DISCO DISCO – Matthews Yard Theatre Vinicius Salles – Braithwaite Hall

Double Bill: Beeja Dance Company & SLiDE Dance – Braithwaite Hall Pop-Up Opera – St Andrews Church
Richard DeDomenici – on location & Matthews Yard Theatre
Anita Wadsworth – Whitgift Centre

Soho Theatre & Talawa Theatre Company – Matthews Yard Theatre

Gill Manly / Radio Apocalypse (Croydon Artist)

A late night radio host soldiers on with her programme, while the world implodes outside the studio.

Scottee / BRAVADO

Scottee grew up around strong, brave and violent men and boys. BRAVADO is his memoir of working class masculinity from 1991 to 1999 as seen by a sheep in wolfs clothing. For Croydonites BRAVADO will be occupying the sweaty, heady space of the Croydon Boxing Academy.

Parabolic Theatre Company / Land of Nod (Croydon Artist)

Immersive theatre company Parabolic, return with their site specific promenade work NOD, examining knife crime in a thrilling up close experience on the streets of Croydon.

Sarah Blanc / My Feminist Boner

Fierce and funny, Sarah Blanc breaks down the rules of beauty in her new one-woman dance comedy show. Join her as she tests a range of over the counter beauty contraptions, all designed for making the better you.

DISCO DISCO / A New Performance (Croydon Artist)
A brand new absurd and surreal theatre performance from DISCO DISCO – a company of artists with learning disabilities, based in Croydon; part of performance company Drunken Chorus.

Vinicius Salles / Glitch (Croydon Artist)

Glitch is an interactive dance performance that mixes reality and fiction. It is about isolation and singularity. About being surrounded, yet feeling alone. You are invited to choose between experience or interaction while a life unravels around you.

Beeja Dance Company / From the heart (Croydon Artist)

SLiDE Dance Company / Insert Title Here (Croydon Artist)
A diverse group of performers explore relationships and connections between themselves and their embodied memories. These fragments are recycled and revisited and set to an original musical score from a live cellist. Insert title here is presented by a local inclusive dance company SLiDE, and is the result of their unique collaboration with Louise Katerega (Foot in Hand) and the London Mozart Players.

Pop-Up Opera / Mozart Double Bill

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Anita Wadsworth / Show and Tell (Croydon Artist)

Throw open your bag and empty your pockets to get cosy and creative with your stuff. Show and Tell is a one to one experience: it’s part workshop, part art event and all anti-anxious-action where we calmly explore, curate and document a tiny exhibition of ourselves as seen through the things we carry with us.

Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company / Half Breed

Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, a run at London’s Soho Theatre and a five week tour of India, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.

For more information and booking click here or .  Early bird price concessions continue until 27th March.

Release ends.

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