St Andrew’s church

Review: GIANT at St Andrew’s Church

Posted on June 8th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

This remarkable play received a big send-off

“We want theatre to be inclusive and accessible to everyone.” These were the words of Flo O’Mahony, as she introduced the last-ever performance of GIANT at St Andrew’s Church a couple of Fridays ago. Not content with just speaking the words, Flo was also signing as the whole company have learned (and continue to learn) British Sign Language.

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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 »

Celebrating Cicely Mary Barker, flower fairies artist

Posted on May 28th, by David Matthews in Culture. 1 Comment

Artist Cicely Mary Barker is one of Croydon’s best kept secrets. David Matthews explains why 2015 is the right time to tell

Cicely Mary Barker is best known for her charming flower fairies. These beautiful paintings of plants are adorned with a fairy-child and a verse. The flower fairies’ series, first published in the mid-twentieth century, has never been out of print and the images … Read More »