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 »

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and the civil rights movement

Posted on March 23rd, by Samuel Ali in History. 1 Comment

How the Croydon-based composer and musician helped instigate change

In the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of US civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, on 4th April 1968, it’s timely to examine the role of Croydon composer, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, in the early modern US civil rights and pan-African movements. His mixed-race ethnicity, humble beginnings and untimely death make the story of his achievements all the more … Read More »

A day spent listening to the voices of Croydon

Posted on May 19th, by Ian Marvin in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

On Saturday 8th April, the people of Croydon had many more conversations than usual

The week running up to the Easter break was an interesting one in Croydon. To begin with, we had the Croydon incarnation of ‘Take Back Real Control‘, which took place in the TMRW start up hub in Croydon High Street on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April. This initiative is supported … Read More »

David Lean cinema showcases the struggle for black civil rights

Posted on March 16th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton welcomes opportunities for Croydon to explore black British history in film 

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma march for civil rights. It was good to see that on 7th March, Croydon Central Tory MP Gavin Barwell shared on his Twitter feed a link to the video in which former US President Bill Clinton discusses the importance of the civil rights … Read More »

Riot From Wrong left me desperately seeking insight

Posted on October 10th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Liz Sheppard-Jones listened to a disappointing debate following the West Croydon screening of ‘Riot From Wrong’

As they left Croydon Voluntary Action centre, I hope some of them looked across London Road. On the other side, perhaps 50m away, is Broad Green Sure Start. Sure Start is an initiative launched in 1998 by then Chancellor of the Exchequer Brown to give children the best possible start in … Read More »

Review: Riot or Wrong?

Posted on October 1st, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones searches for connections at the West Croydon screening of a well-made and important film

‘Riot from Wrong’ is a film made by Fully Focussed. The showing, put on by Croydon Xpress at 4.30pm on Friday September 20th at the Croydon Voluntary Action Centre on Broad Green’s London Road was the film’s 77th screening. It’s been shown in the House of Commons, around the country … Read More »

Bygone Croydon and the dark side of nostalgia

Posted on March 14th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 5 comments

In a final look at Bygone Croydon, Liz examines the dangerous appeal of Croydon’s ‘sealed world’. When does ‘things ain’t what they used to be’ turn into ‘things were better before you lot turned up’?

As we all know, we live in times of fear. In the last five years, for many of us, that fear has considerably increased, and also tightened around us. An … Read More »