Gill Manly

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Radio Apocalypse

Posted on May 16th, by Rekha Shane in Culture. No Comments

The end of the world is delivered with flair and style

Gill Manly is clearly a woman of many talents. All of them were on full display during her solo performance as a DJ in Radio Apocalypse. Croydon’s Spread Eagle Theatre, nestled above the pub of the same name, was the perfect venue for this production. The dark, intimate room with the blackout curtains holding off the … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Gill Manly’s Radio Apocalypse

Posted on May 1st, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Not-so-easy listening at this, the first play of the 2018 Croydonites Festival

On the face of it, it didn’t bode well that Radio Apocalypse – a show based on the end of the world being ushered in by a Trump presidency – opened on the night that leaders of South and North Korea met for the first time in a decade and committed to denuclearisation; an act … Read More »

Event review: Croydon Composers’ showcase at the Scream Lounge, Friday 27th October

Posted on November 10th, by Jayesh Vidukul in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s musical creatives take to the stage at the Scream Lounge

Croydon Composers is a pioneering music project intended to encourage cross-genre musical collaborations. Launched in September 2017 and delivered by Drum The Bass with support from Croydon Council, it selected ten participants then paired them together to work collaboratively. The works they are creating are being recorded, and were performed at Croydon International Mela … Read More »

Becoming Bette Davis: Gill Manly on her forthcoming role at Stanley Halls

Posted on September 29th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Jazz diva Gill Manly talks about her starring role in the South London Theatre production of Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain at Stanley Halls

Gill Manly is a familiar figure on the jazz scene, with a number of very well received albums in her musical portfolio. So when I met Gill at wonderful independent coffee shop Smoothbean! and asked about her move into acting, her answer came as something … Read More »

Event review: live jazz from Infusion, weekly at Smoothbean! coffee shop

Posted on September 8th, by Katie Rose in Culture. No Comments

Katie Rose tells how Fusion Fridays make Croydon smile

It was back in late June that a fluid collective of jazz musicians and a coffee shop began blending culinary and musical flavours to come up with something fresh for Croydon.

Smoothbean! recently celebrated its second birthday at 2-3 Dingwall Road, just round the corner from East Croydon station. Founders John and Pauline Hennessy were originally intending to … Read More »

How jazz diva Gill Manly brings South London Jazz and Blues Club to Matthews Yard

Posted on June 9th, by Katie Rose in Culture. 1 Comment

Katie Rose talks music, inspiration and Croydon with radio presenter, politician and jazz musician, Gill Manly

She’s a Croydon Radio presenter, the founder of the Croydon Women’s Equality Party and the darling of Ronnie Scott’s who has founded the South London Jazz and Blues Club ”to show that jazz is not this weird, eclectic, squeaky thing – that it’s actually the music of the people”. Yes, … Read More »