Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2017


Print archive: May 2017 – Political rubbish

Posted on July 22nd, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

Election 2017 was looming, and flytipping was on many voters’ minds

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Use it or lose it, Croydon

Posted on June 19th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 27 comments

Amazing things are happening in our town, but they won’t stick around forever if attendance is low

“Use it or you will lose it”

This was the phrase that struck me as I read Liz Sheppard-Jones’ celebratory review of the London Mozart Players’ recent performance at Croydon’s only rooftop bar and cinema, Lost Format Society.

Croydon has never had anything like this before – a live open-air … Read More »



Does ‘Devoted and Disgruntled’ sum up the feelings of Croydon’s artistic community?

Posted on May 12th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Croydon is changing: how can the arts be a part of that change?

This was the question that sixty or so Croydonians gathered to answer at TMRW, the business start-up hub in Croydon High Street, on the evening of Tuesday 2nd May. The event followed a format titled ‘Devoted and Disgruntled‘ (D&D), the umbrella title of a series of arts community events devised by drama company Improbable. This … 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 »



Croydonites Festival 2017 review: How To Be A Girl

Posted on April 10th, by Pamela Hall in Culture. No Comments

A show that does what it says on the tin with humour, satire and power

When invited to review a production as part of the excellent Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2017, the extra X chromosome that I’m sure I possess kicked in, and I opted to review How To Be A Girl (yes, the pink on the flyer attracted me). I mean, who could resist an Audrey … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2017 review: The Privileged

Posted on April 7th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

I didn’t enjoy it, but I wouldn’t have missed it

The Privileged by Jamal Harewood was performed at Theatre Utopia, Matthews Yard, as part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, on Wednesday 29th March. It was quite something.

So here’s a review in two parts: first, some observations about the production, and then a very personal response. Head first – then heart.

In the head space

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Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2017 review: Adventures in Noggle Noggle Land

Posted on April 4th, by Charles Barber in Culture. No Comments

One man’s search for his magic noggle button at TURF Gallery

As my wife and I entered the informal lair of the TURF Gallery in Keeley Street, central Croydon, instead of the usual theatre chairs, we were presented with a variety of generous and differently coloured cushions placed on ornate, attractive rugs that could have doubled as magic carpets. In the centre at the back of the … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2017 review: Amy Johnson, Last Flight Out

Posted on March 30th, by Maddy Duxbury in Culture. 5 comments

A show that’s about so much more than cockpits and carburettors

When I was asked to review Last Flight Out, a one-woman play about Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly from the UK to Australia, I wasn’t too sure that I’d enjoy it. I didn’t think that a play about the flying career of a historical figure that I’d (shamefully) never heard of would be of … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2017 review: Letters to Windsor House, by Sh!t Theatre

Posted on March 21st, by Ally McKinlay in Culture. 1 Comment

Pillar box women, adult babies and a giant truss – it’s just another show at the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

When I woke this morning, I felt like I’d just had a night out at Edinburgh Festival. But no… it was the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. There was the excitement of the walk into town with Mrs Mac to see an unknown show. Where shall we get … Read More »



Event review: Morningstar, at the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2017

Posted on March 20th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

I’d like to tell you why I enjoyed this show so much, but I’m under surveillance

I can’t say much about Morningstar, because I am being watched. It’s because of an… event that I took part in last Thursday night, on the opening day of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. It might be more accurate to call it a… happening. I know what the staff who … Read More »