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.

I … Read More »

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 »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Vinicius Salles’ Glitch

Posted on May 23rd, by Ivonne Fernandes-Bonnar in Culture. No Comments

Dance, improv and the exploration of identity

“What do you allow to touch you, to reach you, to contaminate you?”

Step into the sometimes unsettling, yet always compelling, world of ‘Mr Me’, the man with a balloon, and be prepared to question all that makes us human in the modern world.

Glitch is an intriguing piece of interactive theatre that combines contemporary dance, improvisation and audience … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: My Feminist Boner

Posted on May 14th, by Rekha Shane in Culture. No Comments

A poignant, funny take on the trials and tribulations of being a woman

“Look at me, don’t look at me, look at me, don’t look at me.” These are the words left ringing in your ears after watching Sarah Blanc’s high-octane performance of the comedy My Feminist Boner. The play was performed to a game bunch of Croydonistas inside Matthews Yard. Where else could you get away … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018: a broad and confident church

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

Some of the challenging, exciting and adventurous theatre productions coming to Croydon in April and May 2018

Croydonites Festival is returning with its third edition of contemporary theatre and performance; ten programmes of work showcase twelve artists (seven of them local) over four weekends. We’ve come a long way since 2015, when four artists made up the programme; and I like to think that we’re reflecting a … Read More »

Introducing Theatre on the Market

Posted on August 10th, by Florence O'Mahony in Culture. No Comments

Unusual theatre in an unusual, but familiar, theatre space

Hello Croydon, it’s The Human Zoo Theatre Company here: your resident theatre company and arts organisation. We are Flo (Artistic Director) and Roz (Creative Producer) and we are based at TMRW Hub, in Central Croydon (come and say hello – it’s lovely here!).

This month, we are presenting Theatre on The Market, bringing fun and … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2017 review: Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer

Posted on April 21st, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. No Comments

Traditional dance subverted into something even more powerful

Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer combined humour, expressive physicality and – on an evening when Croydon would make national headlines – shone a spotlight on what it means to have a ‘foreign identity’ in Britain today.

The show, part monologue, part dance recital, started with a mint. As audience members took their seats inside Braithwaite Hall, dancer … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2017 review: How To Be A Girl

Posted on April 10th, by Pamela Hall in Culture. No Comments

A show that does what it says on the tin with humour, satire and power

When invited to review a production as part of the excellent Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2017, the extra X chromosome that I’m sure I possess kicked in, and I opted to review How To Be A Girl (yes, the pink on the flyer attracted me). I mean, who could resist an Audrey … Read More »

Theatre review: ‘Scarborough’, Stanley Halls

Posted on November 21st, by Charles B. Wordsmith in Culture. 2 comments

It’s not fair: Scarborough fails to excite

I suspect that the tourist board in Scarborough may have mixed feelings about being the name of a new-ish play by Fiona Evans. Of course, there’s that famous saying that ‘all publicity is good publicity’ – but having a Scarborough B&B depicted as a location where PE teachers take their pupils for a dirty weekend is perhaps not how they’d … Read More »

Croydon youth invited to participate in new theatre project this summer

Posted on July 16th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Croydon’s first immersive drama company will launch this summer as Parabolic Theatre unveils a new programme for 10-18 year olds.

Release begins: Over the last few years Croydon’s arts scene has suffered some ruthless blows. Firstly with the closure of the Town Hall’s Braithwaite Theatre and David Lean cinema, and then the death of the long standing Warehouse Theatre. The only live theatre venue left was the Fairfield … Read More »