Braithwaite Hall

Bigger in year 2: the Croydon Literary Festival 2018

Posted on September 27th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

2017 was so much fun that we’re doing it again on Saturday 27th October

You might remember that, in early 2017, Johnny Rose put up a shout out for volunteers to set up Croydon’s first ever literary festival. I was one of a handful of people who came forward; in the end, four of us (plus some amazing helpers on the day) put on a one-day literary … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Anusha Subramanyam’s From The Heart and SLiDE Dance’s Insert Title Here at the Braithwaite Hall

Posted on May 28th, by Jo Bodley in Culture. No Comments

Subtlety, variety and intensity in two extraordinary dance performances

The company of eight or so dancers enters in a group, clutching corrugated cardboard cog-like drums, making squeaking and gabbling noises like a faulty machine. But any impression of faultiness is soon dispelled as the drums became stools and a kind of musical chairs takes place. They exit with their drums, only to enter again with cellist Sarah … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Vinicius Salles’ Glitch

Posted on May 23rd, by Ivonne Fernandes-Bonnar in Culture. No Comments

Dance, improv and the exploration of identity

“What do you allow to touch you, to reach you, to contaminate you?”

Step into the sometimes unsettling, yet always compelling, world of ‘Mr Me’, the man with a balloon, and be prepared to question all that makes us human in the modern world.

Glitch is an intriguing piece of interactive theatre that combines contemporary dance, improvisation and audience … Read More »

The big questions at Croydon’s Congress on Culture

Posted on January 19th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

We were invited to ‘have the conversations’, so how did they go?

Croydon’s Congress on Culture brought together representatives from businesses, charities, and voluntary organisations along with arts professionals and activists to discuss the borough’s cultural offering. The congress was hosted by Paula Murray, the council’s creative director. Richard Ings of Arts Council England was visiting speaker, with the business event hosted and co-ordinated by Shaking Hands.

The day … 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 »

Croydon Craft Beer Festival set for Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th March 2016 in the Braithwaite Hall

Posted on March 15th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

An extended Craft Beer Festival will be held in the Braithwaite Hall on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March.

Release begins: Following a hugely successful first year in 2015, the Braithwaite Hall at the Croydon Clocktower will host the second Croydon Craft Beer Festival. After the incredible popularity of our first festival last October, we’re bringing a bigger and better edition back for 2016.

There … Read More »

Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (CODA) to stage Agatha Christie in the Braithwaite Hall

Posted on March 24th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (CODA) is  to present a new production of Agatha Christie’s courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution in the Braithwaite Hall at Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, this April.

Release begins: At the Old Bailey, a young man called Leonard Vole stands accused of murder, and only the advocacy of famed defence barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts can clear him. Circumstantial evidence piles up against Vole, until the Prosecution produce their … Read More »

Film, drama, music and more: a celebration of Croydon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month

Posted on February 6th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

As Croydon once again marks LGBT history month, Liz Sheppard-Jones looks at what’s on and explains why it matters so much to her

I recently shared on Facebook a picture of a rainbow. Underneath it is written: I am an ally. I’m not gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I just share this crazy idea that everyone should have equal rights.

I’ve been an ally since 1989 … Read More »

Meeting Mr Sims: interview with the Chief Executive of Croydon Business Improvement District

Posted on October 2nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

Bernadette Fallon talks skyscrapers, sandwiches and secrets with Matthew Sims, boss of Croydon BID

Banners promoting the activities of Croydon Business Improvement District hang all over the town centre, sending out messages of positive change to a population that still, to judge from responses to surveys in the local press, needs some convincing. Slogans include ‘adding vibrancy to our streets,’ ‘together a safer place’, ‘discover what is … Read More »