Category Archives: Fairfield Halls

Izzy! Wizzy! It’s not just Town Hall that has sock puppets

We gave our arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK a second class rail ticket to Tunbridge Wells to see The Sooty Show before it arrives at the Fairfield Halls next month Children’s entertainment built around scatological remarks, gratuitous violence and spraying the audience … Continue reading

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Charity reports growing numbers need soup kitchen help

On Thursday night, around 170 of Croydon’s not-so-great-and-good sat down in the Fairfield Halls to indulge themselves in some free nosh and a few glasses of cheap wine at the Mayor’s Banquet. Meanwhile, across the road in Queen’s Gardens, another … Continue reading

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Free film show tonight showing development of Croydon

There is a rare opportunity to see Croydon During the 20th Century in Films at 7.30pm tonight at the Fairfield Halls. Admission is free. Croydon’s development between 1910 and the 1960s will be shown in a collection of short silent … Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Crapita sponsors Labour Mayor’s banquet

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, suggests that the borough’s new council has allowed itself to be compromised by the council’s senior staff, developers and big business even before it has been in office for a month Spot the difference. … Continue reading

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Bringing the poetry of Dylan Thomas to vivid life

BELLA BARTOCK gets another whiff of the greasepaint as a modern Welsh classic comes to the Ashcroft Theatre As the latest series of Game of Thrones was finishing last night, Ser Alliser Thorne, or as he is better known, actor … Continue reading

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Time for thorough ethical review of Croydon’s governance

 CROYDON COMMENTARY: The nexus of connections that have been developed between the local authority – of whatever political hue – and vested interests in the borough makes it long overdue for a review of proper governance, says CHARLOTTE DAVIES The … Continue reading

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Time to rebuild cultural wasteland created by Croydon Tories

VOTE 2014: TIMOTHY GODFREY, Croydon Labour’s arts and culture spokesman, says that encouraging culture, instead of axing its funding, is possible and can be done Art and culture have a civilising influence on us all. They bring people together, they … Continue reading

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Addiscombe teacher’s tale of Hastings Banda attracts plaudits

Among the four plays in the final of the International Playwriting Festival being staged at the Fairfield Halls this weekend is a new piece called Ngwasi, written by a science teacher at Trinity School, David Klempner. Born in Cape Town, … Continue reading

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Ever felt you’re being taken for granted? Welcome to Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Don’t be taken-in by promises of “new” money bringing a “new dawn” for our borough, says CHARLOTTE DAVIES So what if the Tories have missed out including en entire ward, West Thornton, from their election advert? It’s a … Continue reading

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Festival plays put on real shows in weekend competition

The Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Festival takes place at the Fairfield Halls next weekend, May 17-18. This is the 28th year of the festival, a product of the former Warehouse Theatre’s new playwriting policy. The festival is produced by Warehouse … Continue reading

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Same old same old that adds up to good business for someone

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Industry awards have a reputation for self-congratulatory bun-fights. At £120 a ticket at this year’s Croydon event, DAVID CALLAM’s happy to give it a miss. He’s seen it all before, anyway It’s that time again. The Croydon Business … Continue reading

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Croydon Basslift, Arnhem Gallery, Apr 12

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Verdi’s Requiem, Fairfield Halls, Mar 29

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Not a dry seat in the house after five hours of Ken Dodd

The Ashcroft Theatre staged one of the great performers of the last 50 years last week. It was just that he seemed to include a half-century’s material in his act, as our veteran showbiz correspondent BELLA BARTOCK reports What do … Continue reading

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Laura Cantrell makes the Arnhem Gallery bloom again

ANDREW LENG reviews a night of alternative country at the Fairfield Halls It was St Valentine’s Day and my wife was expecting a cosy night in with a nice bottle of wine, some decent food and romantic company from yours … Continue reading

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