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”.

You may have heard … Read More »

So what if Fairfield Halls closes for two years – I’m glad

Posted on January 7th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 22 comments

Jonny Rose refuses to eulogise the potentially departed Fairfield Halls

News that the Fairfield Halls is due to be closed for two years of renovation has seen many in Croydon enter into paroxysms of grief reserved usually for dead relatives and relegated football teams.

My own response is less “Oh no”, and more “So what?”.

Rather than being a death knell … Read More »

Croydonites Festival review: Figs In Wigs, ‘Show Off’, Saturday 14th November at Matthew’s Yard

Posted on November 24th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

Paul Dennis visits Matthew’s Yard to see those sultry ‘Show Offs’, Figs in Wigs

There was something nagging me all evening, during the Croydonites Festival appearance of Figs in Wigs doing their ‘Show Off’ show at Matthew’s Yard. It wasn’t the Wigs themselves – well, it was, but not in the way that you might think. Partly it was due to their being a quintet. And having … Read More »

Let’s make Croydon less boring

Posted on March 27th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 13 comments

What stands between Croydon and success? Simply being too dull

Croydon has changed fast, in not very long at all. In the 1980s, Croydon was seen as comfortably middle class and dull. In the 1990s, monstrously concrete and dull. In the 2000s it became dangerous and dull, and finally the dubious poster child of rioting in 2011: a risky place to be filled with bored, … Read More »

Croydon International Film Festival

Posted on October 8th, by Donna Lipowitz in Culture. No Comments

This autumn, Croydon will host its second International Film Festival at Matthew’s Yard. Donna Lipowitz shares her excitement, hopes and dreams

Last year, the artist Benjamin Bridges and I were searching for somewhere to screen a film we made together. To our delight we discovered Matthews Yard and met some amazing people (including Alice Cretney of Turf Projects) who helped us with the tech, screening, promotion and … Read More »

Review: ‘Tell Me About Your Ex’ at the Spread Eagle theatre, Katharine Street Croydon

Posted on September 10th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

All-too-true romance has Liz Sheppard-Jones giggling and wincing at the Spread Eagle theatre

Spread Eagle theatre, the Spread Eagle pub, Katharine Street at 7:30pm, 9th-13th September

Time from East Croydon  8 mins

Tickets £10

In her fascinating 2002 book analysing successful romantic partnerships, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? How To Find And Keep The Perfect Partner, writer and policy adviser Adrienne Burgess … Read More »

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wandle Park

Posted on July 30th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones is spellbound by the fun of fairyland in the Croydon Opera and Dramatic Association‘s outdoor production of Shakespeare’s magical comedy

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Time: 7:45pm Wednesday 30th July – Saturday 2nd August, 2:30pm matinee on Saturday 2nd August

Location: the bandstand, Wandle Park, Croydon (two minutes walk from Wandle Park tramstop, ten minutes on foot from Croydon town centre)

Tickets: £10.00.

Oh but I’m happy writing … Read More »

Review: This War! (Oakwood School)

Posted on March 10th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

Shaniqua Benjamin fights flooding and road closures to immerse herself in a production based on World War II

“Britain is at war with Germany” were the dreaded words that fell on Britain’s ears in 1939, catapulting them into World War II. This set the foundation for Four58’s production, This War!, which was performed by St Gertrude’s Theatre Company.

Despite flooding and closed roads in Purley, all seats … Read More »

Review: Dr Frankenstein’s Travelling Freak Show (The Spread Eagle Theatre)

Posted on November 8th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Liz Sheppard Jones tells a tale of two spaces as she enjoys Croydon’s newest theatre

The Spread Eagle Theatre
Time from East Croydon  8 mins

In the week that the delayed demolition of Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre finally took place, and its former stage on the corner of Dingwall Road and George Street was bared to the autumn sky, it was therefore exciting to visit the … Read More »

Theatre Review: Money: The Game Show

Posted on February 8th, by Tom Black in Culture. No Comments

Get on the money train to the Bush Theatre for the most horrifying and hilarious economics lesson that  Tom Black has ever sat through

The Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush
Time from East Croydon  45 minutes
31st January – 9 March 2013

A trip up to Oxford Circus and 15 minutes on the Central Line puts you five minutes’ walk from the Bush Theatre. This versatile space doubles as a very pleasant … Read More »