The Spread Eagle

Bigger in year 2: the Croydon Literary Festival 2018

Posted on September 27th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

2017 was so much fun that we’re doing it again on Saturday 27th October

You might remember that, in early 2017, Johnny Rose put up a shout out for volunteers to set up Croydon’s first ever literary festival. I was one of a handful of people who came forward; in the end, four of us (plus some amazing helpers on the day) put on a one-day literary … Read More »

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 »

Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »

Warhol Month event review: Drips, Beats and Pop – Warhol in the context of his time, by Joanna Straczowski

Posted on October 10th, by Paul M Ford in Culture. 1 Comment

A beautiful Cinders? A blood-sucking Dracula? Who was the real Andy Warhol?

The sickly second son of Slovakian immigrants; an artist whose first commission was drawing shoes for a fashion magazine; a self-styled virgin, claiming to have never had sex and yet treated at least once for a sexually transmitted disease: Andrew Warhola was many things in his time. As Andy Warhol, he achieved a level of … Read More »

Warhol Month event review: Andy Warhol Changed The World at the Spread Eagle pub theatre

Posted on September 27th, by Rufus Jones in Culture. No Comments

The chance to learn about modern art, for free, from experts. That’s Croydon’s Warhol Month

To celebrate Croydon’s Warhol Month, there’s a packed programme of events with many talks, walks and Warhol-inspired works of art splattered around Croydon. The month of activities marks thirty years since the death of the famous American artist. After finishing my pleasant meal at the Spread Eagle pub, I marched upstairs then … Read More »

Event review: Mrs Oscar Wilde at the Spread Eagle pub theatre

Posted on September 22nd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Oscar Wilde chose his wife more wisely than he chose his boyfriend

Although it’s been done before, there’s still something shocking about reversing the lens of history. The perspective of those without power or fame can be radicalising: here’s a great man (whoever he is) through the eyes of someone who picked up his dirty socks. So – how great is he now?

The life of … Read More »

Croydon Cabaret Festival review: Ada Campe at the Spread Eagle pub theatre, Saturday 13th May

Posted on May 25th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

An eccentric and mischievous night with the engaging Ms Campe

“Hold the beans to my temples, my dears. It’s very important that you don’t break contact!”

These words are seared in my memory, just like the wild stare of Ada Campe, star of ‘Ada Campe in Cress’.

The show, part of the Croydon Cabaret Festival at the Spread Eagle pub theatre in Katharine Street, combined comedy, magic … Read More »

Does ‘Devoted and Disgruntled’ sum up the feelings of Croydon’s artistic community?

Posted on May 12th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Croydon is changing: how can the arts be a part of that change?

This was the question that sixty or so Croydonians gathered to answer at TMRW, the business start-up hub in Croydon High Street, on the evening of Tuesday 2nd May. The event followed a format titled ‘Devoted and Disgruntled‘ (D&D), the umbrella title of a series of arts community events devised by drama company Improbable. This … Read More »

Croydon is hung out to dry, re-drawn and quartered

Posted on May 8th, by Rob Preston in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Croydon’s ‘quarters’ aren’t quite so foursquare

Everyone knows that there is no such thing as North Croydon. There’s East, South and West, and there it ends. Head north and you’ll just find yourself in a weird, noiseless void. That said, some clever person at Croydon Council has quartered Croydon up into four manageable chunks. Confused tourists will be delighted to learn that there is one piece of … Read More »