Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2018


Insert Title Here: How Croydon’s SLiDE company invites you to view, reflect and dance

Posted on June 12th, by Gemma Coldicott in Culture. No Comments

Our diverse dance company brings people together through movement and artistic expression

Would you catch me if I fell?
You arranged, positioned and orbited me with thought and care, responding to my body.
Together we revisited a memory looking deep, seeing afresh.
Uncovering images, intention, authenticity and summer filled the room.
Is it really April?

Yep, it was really April (in a heatwave) and the SLiDE (South London Inclusive Dance Experience) … 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: Scottee’s Bravado

Posted on May 25th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

A glimpse of toxic masculinity delivered in a space belonging to men

Disclaimer: I programmed this work for Croydonites Festival.

Scottee’s Bravado is a show performed in masculine spaces. This is because it deals with men and violence, toxic masculinity, abuse and assault. It packs a powerful punch, and the backdrop of a boxing gym, a locker room or a strip club serves to enhance that.

We … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Natasha Marshall’s Half Breed

Posted on May 25th, by Ivonne Fernandes-Bonnar in Culture. No Comments

One woman’s struggle to escape the labels that she loathes

“I want to be someone – not just that one.”

Half Breed: one woman alone on a stage, bare save for a backdrop of scattered lamps; no props, clever, subtle lighting and sound creating mood, context and location and… that’s it.

The rest is pure, raw energy from an incredibly talented young performer and writer. … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Pop-Up Opera at St Andrew’s church

Posted on May 24th, by Ivonne Fernandes-Bonnar in Culture. No Comments

Mozart and popular culture unite with flair in St Andrew’s church

‘Singspiel’ is a beautiful German word which translates simply as ‘a light opera with spoken dialogue’. This Mozart operatic double bill was just as charming as the word promises.

It consisted of Der Schauspieldirektor (which translates as ‘the impresario’) and Bastien und Bastienne. Modernising eighteenth-century opera is not an easy undertaking, as there may be … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Richard DeDomenici’s American Assassin Redux

Posted on May 24th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

A fast’n’dirty visit to key Croydon film locations, plus a chance to recreate the action

Croydon has a great history of providing film locations, and I’m sure that there have been tours pointing them out in the past. However, performance artist Richard DeDomenici brought rather more to the party than a simple urban hike.

The evening was part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, which … 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 »



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 »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Parabolic Theatre’s Land of Nod

Posted on May 22nd, by Rekha Shane in Culture. No Comments

Walking the mean streets of Croydon in this immersive theatrical world

A dead body in a back alley, a man on the run, a drug ring with links to the occult… welcome to Land of Nod.

This is a two-hour immersive theatre production by Parabolic Theatre for the Croydonites Festival 2018. The audience plays members of the press (no journalistic experience required), … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Anita Wadsworth’s Show and Tell

Posted on May 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

What does your handbag say about you?

“I love the thinginess of things” said the poet Sylvia Plath. Anita Wadsworth understands where she was coming from.

Show and Tell is an experimental performance – if indeed performance is the right word for it. It’s delivered one-to-one by Anita, whose Master’s degree in choreography left her fascinated by the ways in which we express ourselves through the … Read More »