Croydonites in back for a third year! Festival of New Theatre in Croydon – 27 April to 20 May 2018…

The third edition of Croydonites Festival of New Theatre will present works over four weeks between 27 April and 20 May 2018. Their mission is to bring new performance work to Croydon and provide a platform for local artists, with seven of the twelve based in the borough.

The organisers say,

“Get ready to be thrilled, soothed and made over. Get cosy with some late night radio, and spar with wolves. Take a thrilling ride around the streets of Croydon, or find a better more beautiful you. Get ready for the surreal, the singular and the sincere. Feel included, feel left out and see Croydon through the eyes of a Hollywood lens. Then rise like a phoenix and soar to the tunes of a master. All in Croydon.”

Croydonites is spreading its theatrical wings in 2018 and heading to new territory. From personal memoir to pop-up opera, parody to pathos and immersive to intimate, it’s welcoming new genres of performance to its programme from UK and Croydon based artists. Featuring four UK premieres and a film commissioned by Croydonites (and made on location here), the festival showcases fantastic British theatre and performance, with seven local artists leading the way.

Schedule

27-28 April       Gill Manly – Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

28 April            Scottee – Croydon Boxing Academy

3-20 May           Parabolic Theatre Company – Site Specific

4 May                Double Bill: Sarah Blanc & DISCO DISCO – Matthews Yard Theatre

11-12 May           Vinicius Salles – Braithwaite Hall

12 May              Double Bill: Beeja Dance Company & SLiDE Dance – Braithwaite Hall

17 May             Pop-Up Opera – St Andrews Church

18 May              Richard DeDomenici – on location & Matthews Yard Theatre

19 May            Anita Wadsworth – Whitgift Centre

19 May              Soho Theatre & Talawa Theatre Company – Matthews Yard Theatre

 

Gill Manly / Radio Apocalypse

A late night radio host soldiers on with her programme, while the world implodes outside the studio.

 

Scottee / BRAVADO

Scottee grew up around strong, brave and violent men and boys. BRAVADO is his memoir of working-class masculinity from 1991 to 1999 as seen by a sheep in wolfs clothing. For Croydonites BRAVADO will be occupying the sweaty, heady space of the Croydon Boxing Academy.

 

Parabolic Theatre Company / Land of Nod

Immersive theatre company Parabolic, return with their site-specific promenade work NOD, examining knife crime in a thrilling up-close experience on the streets of Croydon.

Sarah Blanc / My Feminist Boner

Fierce and funny, Sarah Blanc breaks down the rules of beauty in her new one-woman dance comedy show. Join her as she tests a range of over the counter beauty contraptions, all designed for making the better you.

 

DISCO DISCO / A New Performance

A brand new absurd and surreal theatre performance from DISCO DISCO – a company of artists with learning disabilities, based in Croydon; part of performance company Drunken Chorus.

 

Vinicius Salles / Glitch

Glitch is an interactive dance performance that mixes reality and fiction. It is about isolation and singularity. About being surrounded, yet feeling alone. You are invited to choose between experience or interaction while a life unravels around you.

 

Beeja Dance Company / From the heart

From the Heart challenges notions of normal and abnormal, drawing inspiration from Anusha Subramanyam’s therapeutic and creative movement work with people with physical and mental challenges. An exploration of the dance that they created, using movement that is raw and sincere – straight from the heart.

SLiDE Dance Company / Insert Title Here

A diverse group of performers explore relationships and connections between themselves and their embodied memories. These fragments are recycled and revisited and set to an original musical score from a live cellist. Insert title here is presented by a local inclusive dance company SLiDE, and is the result of their unique collaboration with Louise Katerega (Foot in Hand) and the London Mozart Players.

 

Pop-Up Opera / Mozart Double Bill

Pop-Up Opera presents Mozart’s Bastein & Basienne and The Impresario, two delicious one-act comedies in which a pair of lovers tease and test their feelings for each other, and a pair of actresses battle it out to be the prima donna.

 

Richard DeDomenici / American Assassin: Redux

Take a walking tour of Hollywood movie locations in Croydon town centre with artist Richard DeDomenici, followed by the premiere of American Assassin: Redux, his low-budget recreation of several minutes of the 2017 Michael Keaton action thriller American Assassin, set in Istanbul, but actually filmed in St George’s Walk, Croydon. Commissioned by Croydonites as part of DeDomenici’s ongoing The Redux Project. www.thereduxproject.org #americanassassinredux

 

Anita Wadsworth / Show and Tell

Throw open your bag and empty your pockets to get cosy and creative with your stuff. Show and Tell is a one to one experience: it’s part workshop, part art event and all anti-anxious-action where we calmly explore, curate and document a tiny exhibition of ourselves as seen through the things we carry with us.

 

Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company / Half Breed

Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, a run at London’s Soho Theatre and a five-week tour of India, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice.

For more information and booking: www.croydonites.com

Contact: info@croydonites.com

Tickets range from £0 – £20, concessions available

 

Keep up to date
Find Croydonites
on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/croydonites
on Twitter at @Croydonites
and on Instagram at CroydonitesFestival

 

You can also listen to Anna Arthur, Director of Croydonites, being interviewed on Croydon Arts Radio here.  along with Gill Manly and Vinicius Salles.

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SCCA Question Time 4 – Croydon Council Elections 2018 – 19 April 2018

 

Venue: St Peter’s Church, Heathfield Road, South Croydon, CR0 1EZ
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Doors Open 18.00
Question Time 19.00-21.00


Free registration and further details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scca-qt4-croydon-council-elections-2018-tickets-44876765614

Enquiries to scca@btconnect.com

Photo taken at previous SCCA Question Time event by Lee Townsend @TrueLee478 of  @LensesofCroydon. Used with permission.

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Why not plan a Big Lunch or Royal Wedding Street Party with help from Croydon Council

Croydon Council is encouraging residents to get involved in hosting a Big Lunch or Royal Wedding street party, to bring neighbours and communities together over a shared meal in an act of community, friendship and fun.

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea – with the aim to get as many people as possible across Croydon to have lunch with their neighbours.

Organising a Royal Wedding or Big Lunch Street Party

To support local communities and ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating the Royal wedding or Big Lunch street party on either Saturday 19 May (Royal Wedding), or the weekend of Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 June 2018 (Big Lunch), the council is committed to covering the cost of the Traffic Management Orders (TMOs) required for any necessary road closures.

If you are planning to hold one of these events it is important that you read Frequently asked questions and complete and submit the party event form by Friday 20 April 2018 (Royal Wedding) or Friday 4th May 2018 (Big Lunch).   Please note the form is only for use in connection with Royal Wedding or Big Lunch Street Party.

For details of last year’s events, inspiration and information on organising these occasions please visit The Big Lunch website.

 

Royal Wedding – Saturday 19 May 2018
The Big Lunch – Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June 2018

Frequently asked questions

Useful links
Organise street parties to celebrate the Big Lunch: www.croydon.gov.uk/biglunch

Information on the Big Lunch project: http://www.thebiglunch.com/

The Big Lunch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebiglunch

 

Safeguarding Adults presentations at Croydon BME Forum – 29 Mar & 5 Apr 2018

Croydon BME Forum,  56A Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RG

 PLEASE EMAIL Nadine@bmeforum.org to book a place

or call Nadine on the number below.

T: 020 8684 3719

W: cbmeforum.org

 

Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum,  and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

Black History Month Launch event in #Croydon – 27 March 2018 from 6-7.30pm

Croydon BME Forum has been planning for Black History Month in Croydon for 2018 and the launch event is on Tuesday, 27 March 2018.

Theme Launch
Location: Mayors’ Reception, Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon, CR9 1XW

Date and Time: Tuesday 27th March 2018 18:00 – 19:30

 

 

 PLEASE EMAIL Nadine@bmeforum.org if you have a question or call Nadine on the number below.

T: 020 8684 3719

W: cbmeforum.org

 

Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum,  and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

 

A week of events for International Women’s Day 2018 in Croydon – #PressForProgress

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International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  This year’s theme is Press For Progress

Croydon Council’s Women’s Staff Network and its partners will be marking and celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 with a week-long programme of activities and events, namely Croydon International Women’s Week.

Events on offer include:

  • Empowering Women of Croydon, 5th Mar 2018 12.00 – 2.00pm, Croydon Town Hall F4 and F5

Get inspired by great local role models, network with like-minded women, find out how you can access free training and advice over light refreshments. Free activities for children. Free to attend, refreshments are provided.

  • An Evening Celebrating Women7th Mar 2018 5.30 – 8.30 pm, BoxPark Croydon

Speakers, Performances Networking, Talks #pressforprogress.

Details and booking here.

  • Dance 7th Mar 2018, Dance 6.30 pm, Film 7.45-10.00 pm, Harris Academy, South Norwood, London SE25 6AE

Screen25 are hosting a documentary exploring Jamaican Dancehall culture seen through the eyes of the women. Prior to the documentary, Ignition Dance Company are offering a class to bring the Dancehall to life! Fully accessible.  Tickets £5 for dance class and from £5 for the film. Book at: www.screen25.com/whats-on/brukout

  • Lives Not Knives8th March 20185.30 – 7.30 pmLNK Unit, Upper Mall, Centrale Shopping Centre

              Lives Not Knives is hosting an event with guest speakers, entertainment, sparkling wine and cakes, and the opportunity to network with other women. Tickets available on Eventbrite or by emailing Karen@livesnotknives.org

  • Museum of Croydon 10th Mar 11.00am – 4.00 pm, Museum of Croydon

The Museum of Croydon will be celebrating the achievements of some of Croydon’s Women throughout history.

During these events, visitors with children, have the opportunity to drop-in between 11am-4pm and participate in craft activity which will be held outside the Museum of Croydon gallery.

www.museumofcroydon.com

  • Amy Johnson: A Last Flight Out  Play 16 Mar 6.00 pm Matthews Yard

Kenley Revival Project ‘Women at War’ season presents: Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out. An original one-person show inspired by the life of record-breaking pilot, Amy Johnson. Supported by the National Lottery. The performance is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes with no interval. Please note this play is suitable for 14 years and up.

www.lastflightout.co.uk

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Download a brochure here for details of all the events.

International Women’s Day 2018 in Croydon – #PressForProgress

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International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  This year’s theme is Press For Progress

Croydon Council’s Women’s Staff Network and its partners will be marking and celebrating International Women’s Day 2018 with a week-long programme of activities and events, namely Croydon International Women’s Week.  This will be held from Monday, March 5, 2018.

An event in Box Park will be held on 7 March.

Details and booking here.

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