Theatre Utopia

Event review: Shadow Play at Theatre Utopia, Saturday 19th August

Posted on September 5th, by Pamela Hall in Culture. No Comments

A show that delighted children and adults alike

A bare stage with a small light projecting onto a large blank screen. The audience of young children and their parents in Theatre Utopia sits in anticipation as a lanky young man in a trilby crosses the stage, smiles and the lights go down. This time, as he crosses in front of the light, his shadow appears behind him. … Read More »

Pioneering theatre of the insect world to be premiered at Croydon’s Theatre Utopia

Posted on May 15th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Terabac theatre company’s play sets out to explore the world of insects, biodiversity and climate change.

Release begins: Terabac is coming to East Croydon, so catch us if you can!

Who are we?

We are a new theatre company started by four women from diverse creative backgrounds. We have been working together for more than a year. Our aim is to use the medium of theatre and … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2017 review: The Privileged

Posted on April 7th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

I didn’t enjoy it, but I wouldn’t have missed it

The Privileged by Jamal Harewood was performed at Theatre Utopia, Matthews Yard, as part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, on Wednesday 29th March. It was quite something.

So here’s a review in two parts: first, some observations about the production, and then a very personal response. Head first – then heart.

In the head space

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Hoo-har at Hoodoo’s, down at Matthews Yard

Posted on March 20th, by Rob Preston in Culture. 10 comments

Is the venue that brought cool to Croydon in serious trouble?

Matthews Yard is still there. Having arrived in 2012, it’s approaching its fifth anniversary. But will it make it that far?

The place first appeared as a café with a work space, a studio space and Croydon Radio renting an HQ it could call home. Holding it up were the people of Croydon themselves, donating money … Read More »

Event review: The Bacon Killer at Theatre Utopia

Posted on March 9th, by Rob Preston in Culture. 1 Comment

This spunky, in-yer-face production is a credit to Croydon’s cultural scene

The Play That Goes Wrong and its spin-offs look set to begin a new trend in theatre. Of course, it’s nothing new for an actor to break the fourth wall to converse with the lighting technician, but these days the gags that piece together such a production could perhaps come to replace the somewhat stale … Read More »

Croydon’s cultural innovators

Posted on February 24th, by Tom Black in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s artists are pushing boundaries as much as their counterparts in business

Croydon’s innovating. Even the haters have admitted it at this point. The borough has now got more tech hubs than it has branches of Wimpy, you can buy Korean fried chicken from a shipping container, and now we even have a high-tech car park not unlike the one at the end of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. … Read More »

Croydonites Festival of New Theatre reloaded, by its director

Posted on February 6th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

Homegrown talent rubs shoulders with the best from around the UK as the Croydonites Festival returns

In November, 2015 I presented four pieces of contemporary theatre under the banner Croydonites Festival of New Theatre. A Croydonite is one way to describe someone from Croydon, Croydon Nights are exceptionally good nights out in the theatre…in Croydon. Pretty good, huh?

It was a huge endeavour, mainly self-financed but … Read More »

Event review: ‘Mr Mineshaft’ at Theatre Utopia, Thursday 15th – Saturday 18th December 2016

Posted on December 21st, by Tom Black in Culture. No Comments

A strong solo performance holds together a disjointed picture of an extraordinary life

I’m familiar with Theatre Utopia’s space, having seen shows there before and indeed having chaired the Citizen‘s 2015 election debate on its stage (back when it was simply ‘the Matthews Yard studio’). It’s come a long way this year. Small changes to furnishings, better curtains, improved lighting… it all adds up to a classy fringe … Read More »

Event report: Croydon’s ghostly cycle ride, Sunday 20th November

Posted on November 23rd, by Amy Foster in Culture. 2 comments

Croydon is the most haunted borough in London. So we got on our bikes and went on a ghost-hunt

Croydon is, apparently, stiff with ghosts. And with this spurious piece of data, we were off. Where exactly in Croydon do these phantoms live? Who are these poor lost souls, doomed to wander our streets in eternal sorrow? How could we share these fantastical stories with our fellow townspeople … Read More »

Event review: Townies at Theatre Utopia, Saturday 12th November

Posted on November 18th, by Jess Bashford in Culture. No Comments

A Saturday evening on the silly side

As readers of the Croydon Citizen, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how good Matthews Yard is for a drink. But it was my first time in Theatre Utopia, and it was a really great setting for an evening of comedy.

Townies is fronted by James Bone and to sum it up in a few words, it … Read More »