Theatre Utopia


Event review: Croydon International Film Festival 2016

Posted on November 17th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

IFF 2016′s director looks back on the highlights of this year’s festival

An intimate portrait of a single, black father, Christmas as a homeless person, a controversial animation about sexuality in childhood, and a submarine stuck on a mountain top: these were just a few of the unforgettable moments which engrossed the audience at the fourth Croydon International Film Festival.

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On the land where Boxpark stands

Posted on November 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones has a difficult personal relationship with Boxpark

It’s my own fault. ‘Let’s meet for coffee in Boxpark‘, I keep saying. Then comes guilt: I’m taking my coffee spend away from great places and great friends who’ve worked hard both to build up their businesses and to bring a quality product to Croydon. Places like Smoothbean! on Dingwall Road. And this is the reward I give … Read More »



“Theatre Utopia has finally produced a play that I like”: a review of Method in Madness

Posted on October 25th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

The third time’s the charm for Theatre Utopia and Jonny Rose

They did it. They finally did.

After being suckered by Stan and left bemused by Black Beauty in Irons, Theatre Utopia has finally done it – produced a play that I like.

Life imitates art, art becomes life

Method in Madness takes place in London in 1941, and follows a young Hollywood … Read More »



“Bondage has never been so banal”: A review of Theatre Utopia’s Black Beauty in Irons

Posted on October 5th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

The #Croydon #TechCity co-founder delves into the BDSM underworld of ‘riders’ and ‘ponies’

Nearly a year after watching the profane puppetry of ‘STAN’, I find myself once again in Theatre Utopia for another dose of taboo-bursting theatre. This time it is for Black Beauty In Irons, a POSTEROTICISM production that seeks to “express the truth of the human condition”.

BDSM is soooo hot right now

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Event review: Suburbaret at Theatre Utopia, Matthews Yard, Sunday 17th July

Posted on July 27th, by Ian Marvin in Culture. No Comments

Ian Marvin was invited to leave his carkeys in a bowl. Welcome to suburbia

Although it has been open for almost a year now, this was the first time I had visited Theatre Utopia. Of course the location was familiar as the former Matthews Yard studio space which also frequently doubles up as the venue for Croydon Tech City. I was reassured to see that my very … Read More »



As we say au revoir to Fairfield Halls, theatre and dance will live on in Croydon

Posted on June 24th, by Jamal Chong in Culture. No Comments

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, says Theatre Utopia’s founder, Jamal Chong

Hello. You probably don’t know me and I probably don’t know you, so let me introduce myself. My name is Jamal Chong and I, along with a couple lifelong friends, run Theatre Utopia, or as you may know it, “that black room inside Matthews Yard”.

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Event review: ‘The Flood’ by the Badac Theatre Company at Matthews Yard, Thursday 19th November

Posted on December 3rd, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

No comfort, no reassurance. Paul M Ford is swept away by Badac Theatre Company’s Flood

Theatre Utopia is a black-painted back room at Matthews Yard. As we are ushered into the already-darkened space there are just two bulbs, suspended from the ceiling above, lighting the narrow, bare-boarded stage. They shed a sparing light over three high, industrial metal tables, and two figures. The first, a soldier in … Read More »