Warehouse Theatre


Is Boxpark’s boss right about Croydon town centre? (Part two)

Posted on April 25th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

As Roger Wade calls out complacency amongst the town centre’s managers, is there a growing crisis in Croydon?

In the first part of this article, I questioned Boxpark CEO Roger Wade’s recent statement in the Croydon Advertiser that ‘complacency’ on the part of Croydon Council, the developers active in the area and Croydon’s creatives is holding back the town centre’s development. What else isn’t working in the … 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 »



Boxpark from the inside out

Posted on January 30th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

When we said that we were here for Croydon, we meant it

The decision to place Boxpark 2.0 in Croydon was met with celebration, controversy and criticism. Some were excited and positive. Others were more wary.

From the outside looking in, Boxpark probably looks like the creation of corporate giants, swarming into developing areas and marking their territory with dining and retail spaces. The truth is that the … Read More »



What is the Fairfield for?

Posted on December 16th, by Anna Arthur in Culture. No Comments

The South Bank of south London? As the announcement of its two-year closure for renovation is debated, Anna Arthur considers possible futures for the Fairfield Halls

Fairfield Halls has been the topic of much debate in recent years. It seems that anyone and everyone has an opinion on what it does and whom it’s for. It undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of … 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 – 2014 in review

Posted on December 31st, by James Naylor in Site News. 1 Comment

As 2014 draws to a close, the editor-in-chief looks back at the year

And so we come to the end of 2014. This year saw the council return to Labour control after eight years of Tory administration and the sudden resignation of its leader, the ‘iconic’ Saffron Square tower become the tallest building in the borough by a country mile – making it (apparently visible … Read More »



Gentrification and the heart of Croydon

Posted on December 16th, by Lauren Furey in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Is Croydon in danger of losing its heart and heritage? Lauren Furey gives her view

Gentrification has come to be an ugly word for London and its thirty-two boroughs. It represents a chasm of change in which pubs become restaurants, clubs become flats and houses become offices. The new builds, with their glossy finishes, sharp designs and attached cafés and ‘express’ shops, have tarnished the … Read More »



Political Croydon: The Seventies

Posted on June 4th, by David White in History. 1 Comment

David White continues his decade-by-decade look at Croydon’s politics by taking us into the era of Heath, the Winter of Discontent, and the last time we had a referendum on Europe

The ’70s are often thought of as a period of political conflict and lack of progress. It was a decade which saw four general elections and four prime ministers.

However, there was more to the … Read More »



Remembering Paul Robeson’s musical activism

Posted on October 28th, by Sean Creighton in Culture. No Comments

Local historian Sean Creighton takes a look at the musical impact of Paul Robeson and his lasting legacy

Call Mr Robeson was the last show at Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre before it was forced to close in May 2012. This powerful one man performance by Tayo Aluko is a tribute to the African American actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson. Having made Britain … Read More »