Category Archives: Art

Monster of a show helps to bring local AmDram back to life

These are troubling times for many, with some of the small, community organisations which form the fabric of local society struggling after going two years without being able to function ‘as normal’. DAVID MORGAN donned his mask (anti-covid, rather than … Continue reading

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WI provide festive winter warmers for Old Coulsdon postbox

The usually less-than-festive political editor, Walter Cronxite – catchphrase, “Bah! Humbug!”, even in July – raised a smile when he saw this on a stroll around Old Coulsdon yesterday. Woollen willy warmers for postboxes seem to have become a “thing” … Continue reading

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Dick and Dom do the Fairfield panto: which one’s the Beast?

Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s Croydon pantomime at the Fairfield Halls, with the curtain going up next Friday at the Ashcroft Theatre on Imagine Theatre’s glittering production of Beauty and The Beast, starring Dick and Dom… though no … Continue reading

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Jason and the Argonauts, Coulsdon, Dec 11 to 19

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The Sound of Silence is not the song we need from Town Hall

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Since audit regulations were amended in 2015, only five other local councils have been the subject of Reports in the Public Interest, with findings from their auditors of mismanagement or wrong-doing*. Croydon joined that list last year and … Continue reading

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85 years on, Crystal Palace’s great fire sparks imaginations

At 7.10pm on November 30, 1936, the first sparks of flames were seen emerging from the Crystal Palace. The smoke and glow from the great fire later that night were reported to have been seen as far away as the … Continue reading

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Stormzy lays on special kids’ Christmas party at Fairfield Halls

Stormzy is hosting probably the biggest kids’ Christmas party ever seen in Croydon. Organised through the musician’s charity, the Merky Foundation, the event is taking place at the Fairfield Halls on Friday. Tickets to attend were free, but had all … Continue reading

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Blues at The Oval, The Oval Tavern, Dec 5-Jan 30

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Jazz at The Front Room, St George’s Walk, Dec 9-Dec 30

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Downland Chorale: The Armed Man, Old Coulsdon, Dec 11

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Council to be rocked by second Report In The Public Interest

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The £70m ‘Fairfield fiasco’ has provoked serious concerns with auditors over the potential misuse of public money, with bungling developers Brick by Brick under scrutiny. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES External auditors are to issue a Report In … Continue reading

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Pankhurst points the way for a piece of Coulsdon history

Emmeline Pankhurst and Britain’s first public railway are the latest additions to the Coulsdon finial history and art trail, a community project designed and managed by local residents. The first three finials – small, stylised metal models – were positioned … Continue reading

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Goodnight Mister Tom, Courtyard Theatre, Jan 5-15

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Jingle Bells! 3 pairs of Christmas concert tickets to be won!!

What a great way to get into the swing of things for the festive season – WIN a pair of tickets to the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra’s Swingin’ Christmas concert at the Fairfield Halls on December 21 in our exclusive … Continue reading

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Bird sketches out bewitching account of The Great North Wood

We live in a part of London that is ‘a forest remembered in place names’. JOHN GRINDROD has found a book which illustrates the point wonderfully well Sometimes before you’ve even opened a book, you know you’re going to love … Continue reading

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Represent Book Festival, Centrale Shopping Centre, Dec 4

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Covid Diaries art exhibition, SproutArts Gallery, from Nov 23

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Photographer ready to share her ‘wonky vision’ with Cronx art

A Croydon-based artist has launched a collection of Cronx-based posters for sale, offering perhaps the perfect Christmas gift ideas. Monica Gianniti Brookbank was brought up in south London and describes herself as a “photo artist with wonky vision”. “I have … Continue reading

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Parlour Players present Nell Gwynn, Sanderstead, Nov 11-13

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Isolation Exhibition, Croydon Art Space, until Nov 20

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Len Phillips Swing Orchestra concert, Fairfield Halls, Dec 21

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West End at The Library, Upper Norwood Library, Oct 31

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Time to ‘go on a journey’ as David Lean Cinema re-opens

Multiple Oscar-winning movie Nomadland will delight the audience when they return to the David Lean Cinema as it re-opens on Tuesday following 20 months of covid lockdown restrictions. “We will be screening a range of award-winning films from the past … Continue reading

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BHLive’s business losses hit Fairfield Halls’ arts programme

The lack of activity in and around the Fairfield Halls and the return to the “bad old days” of tired programming dominated by derivative tribute acts and all-star wrestling is all because not enough people in Dorset are paying for … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Win tickets for Scouting For Girls at Fairfield

Inside Croydon is delighted to be able to offer a pair of tickets for next month’s concert by Scouting For Girls at the Fairfield Halls, when up-and-coming band Aliensdontringdoorbells will be the support act. This fabulous competition is open exclusively … Continue reading

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