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 »

Are you a star-cross’d lover? Hunting for Croydon’s Romeo and Juliet

Posted on May 3rd, by David Sanders in Culture. No Comments

Interested in drama? Aged sixteen or over? Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association would love to hear from you

Every summer CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) performs a large-scale play or musical on the bandstand in Wandle Park. This July’s production will be Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo And Juliet, and CODA would love to give the young people of Croydon the opportunity to take leading roles.

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Event review: Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association presents Into The Woods at Stanley Halls, 25th-28th October

Posted on November 2nd, by Rob Preston in Culture. No Comments

Darker than Disney, as ghoulish as Grimm… CODA triumphs at Stanley Halls

It has been nine years since CODA last performed at the grand and historic Stanley Halls in Norwood. That show was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the company has chosen another classic from Stephen Sondheim for their latest production, Into the Woods. And sure enough, four of the men from Sweeney are … Read More »

Event review: CODA presents The Pirates of Penzance

Posted on August 9th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

Buckles were swashed, blades were brandished and spirits undampened by the weather

Croydon’s been lucky with the rain so far this summer, sunshine-y at just the right moments for its outdoor festivities. This was the week that luck ran out, with grey drizzly skies hanging over Wandle Park as Friday evening’s Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association show time approached. But no matter  – the audience had come impressively … Read More »

Event review: Much Ado About Nothing by Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, performed in Wandle Park, July 2016

Posted on August 10th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

“Don’t believe me just watch (Shakespeare)”, says Andy Ellis

Despite having gone to the same school as Shakespeare, I actually knew very little about his comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, and approached this open air production with no preconceptions.

Let’s start with the venue, which was the bandstand in Wandle Park, just a short work from the tramstop of the same name. On arrival we were … Read More »

Event review: CODA Croydon performs ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ in Wandle Park bandstand, 15th-18th July 2015

Posted on July 17th, by Rosie Edser in Culture. No Comments

Rosie Edser goes Wilde in the park

Last year Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was performed successfully in the open air of the newly landscaped Wandle Park. Given that the entire first half of Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people”, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, takes place indoors, it doesn’t seem the most obvious choice for CODA’s second open air theatre performance – until … Read More »

Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association invites local people to go Wilde In The Park this July

Posted on June 18th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Following the success of its outdoor production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ last summer, CODA Croydon will stage Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in Wandle Park from July 15th – 18th.

Release begins: CODA is proud to present Oscar Wilde’s immortal comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, at the bandstand at Wandle Park, Croydon this July.

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s best known … 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 »

Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association presents The Wind In The Willows at the Charles Cryer Theatre this autumn

Posted on October 7th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (CODA) is proud to present a new production of Kenneth Grahame’s beloved family story, The Wind in the Willows, at the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre in Carshalton for the autumn half term. 

Release begins: The inimitable Mr Toad’s craze for caravanning and infatuation with motoring get him into a heap of trouble – not to mention imprisoned and imperilled.  But when Toad … Read More »

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wandle Park

Posted on July 30th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones is spellbound by the fun of fairyland in the Croydon Opera and Dramatic Association‘s outdoor production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Time: 7:45pm Wednesday 30th July – Saturday 2nd August, 2:30pm matinee on Saturday 2nd August

Location: the bandstand, Wandle Park, Croydon (two minutes walk from Wandle Park tramstop, ten minutes on foot from Croydon town centre)

Tickets: £10.00.

Oh but I’m happy writing … Read More »