CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre


Event review: Croydon Community Choir’s Midwinter Music

Posted on December 16th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

How we held a pagan midwinter-fest in Matthews Yard

It’s no coincidence that Croydon started seriously getting its act together around 2013. That was the year we held our first Heritage Festival. I found myself thinking about this as I joined a small group of community singers in Matthews Yard at 7:00pm on Monday 5th December, and making some interesting connections.

I believe that the regenerative … Read More »



How Fairfield can face the future and thrive

Posted on December 17th, by Kate Vennell in Culture. 5 comments

Fairfield has an exciting future. Let’s get the whole community behind it, says the chair of the Fairfield Halls

When the ambitious and controversial building programme is completed at Fairfield, we need a future cultural offer that excites ever more people, builds on our impressive participation programme and promotes Croydon’s dynamic culture. A charity is the best operating structure to deliver these goals.

There are challenges. … Read More »



What is the Fairfield for?

Posted on December 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

The South Bank of south London? As the announcement of its two-year closure for renovation is debated, Anna Arthur considers possible futures for the Fairfield Halls

Fairfield Halls has been the topic of much debate in recent years. It seems that anyone and everyone has an opinion on what it does and whom it’s for. It undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of … Read More »



CroydoNites Festival event review: Kate O’Donnell’s Big’s Girl’s Blouse, Friday 20th November

Posted on December 4th, by John Lawlor in Culture. No Comments

Stand by your trans. John Lawlor listens to a plea for understanding behind the laughter

The final night of the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre saw a moving and entertaining cabaret-style performance at Stanley Halls in Norwood. This was a one-woman show with a difference.

Opening with ‘Let me entertain you’, we were introduced to Kate and the theme of the evening: her transgendered life as … Read More »



Croydonites Festival review: ‘The Letter: To Be Or… MBE?’

Posted on November 25th, by Tom Black in Culture. No Comments

Did he, or didn’t he? Tom Black enjoys finding out at the Stanley Halls

For an autobiographical one man show, The Letter: To Be Or… MBE? contains a surprising number of characters. Jonzi D, ‘hip-hop theatre pioneer’, was offered an MBE in 2011. Across an intimate, innovative hour, Jonzi presents his audience with the reactions of his friends, his peers, and his neighbours in Bow, East London. And … Read More »



Festival preview: CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre, 12th-20th November

Posted on October 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. 1 Comment

Anna Arthur on her hopes for Croydon’s newest cultural event – the CroydoNites Festival of New Theatre

Last December I decided to start a theatre festival in Croydon. The idea came out of the blue whilst I was on a work trip to Norway. I love theatre, I love Croydon, I’m already the general manager of a dance festival – it was a no brainer. So I … Read More »