Category Archives: Comedy

Comedian Brigstocke added to Crystal Palace Festival line-up

With just two weeks to go, the Crystal Palace Festival has announced its special guest acts for the live-streamed show from Upper Norwood Library. Top-flight comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Deering have been added to the roster of performers who … Continue reading

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Chef Kerridge’s cinema tour brings comedy to Selhurst Park

There’s a big night of comedy coming up at Selhurst Park [cue gratuitous Wayne Hennessy-related gag here]… only this time it will be provided by television stand-up  Mark Watson and what is promised as “a line-up of some of the … Continue reading

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Charmian Hughes’ She, Bookseller Crow, Feb 28

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Newman plays a numbers game and exposes his short-comings

Could a Town Hall chamber boast by the bungling council leader have managed to reveal that the Fairfield Halls’ prestigious panto struggled to sell tickets? Oh yes it did… Our arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, reports Tony Newman gets yet another … Continue reading

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‘Overnight sensation’ Kojo Anim is coming to Ashcroft Theatre

Kojo Anim, the comedy star “discovered” by Britain’s Got Talent after spending just 20 years playing the club and stand-up circuit, is booked to perform at the Ashcroft Theatre at the end of next month as part of his first … Continue reading

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Ahoy there! Lucky readers are off to see Sinbad The Sailor

Congratulations to the three loyal readers, who together with a guest, will be going to see the Sanderstead Dramatic Club’s annual panto next week. Readers Michel Prudon, Kate Workman and Priya Chandrasena have all won a prize of a pair … Continue reading

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Panto – Sinbad The Sailor, Sanderstead, Jan 11-18

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Mental Health Day Comedy Show, Fairfield Halls, Oct 10

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Dick Whittington the Panto, Upper Norwood, Nov 23-30

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New Pauline Quirke academy opens its doors this Saturday

Kids aged from six to 18 have their big chance to take to the stage this Saturday, with a free open day at a new performing arts academy in West Croydon. Birds of a Feather and Broadchurch actress Pauline Quirke … Continue reading

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Freedom! Are Crystal Palace residents ready for breakaway?

The week-long Crystal Palace Festival gets underway tomorrow with a weekend of music and dance in the park. But because of the local borough geography, the organisers and other groups have to deal with five, even six, local authorities, which … Continue reading

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Organisers in appeal for volunteers for Crystal Palace Festival

Next month’s Crystal Palace Festival is recruiting volunteers. “We’re only as good as our volunteers, and we invite people from all walks of life to contribute their time and skills to make Crystal Palace Festival the best community festival in … Continue reading

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Croydon Has Talent 2019, live show May 17

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Sunbed shop soap saga Bronzed is getting golden reviews

Stand-by for the latest YouTube sensation, starring a local actress who has co-written Bronzed, a comedy-drama set in a Croydon sunbed shop. Katherine Hurley was inspired to make Bronzed after working in South Croydon pub The Folly back in 2005. … Continue reading

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St John’s Has Talent, Sylvan Road Upper Norwood, Jan 12

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Pantomime spirit is alive and well in Coulsdon. Oh yes it is!

As the Fairfield Halls approaches a third ‘dark’ Christmas, for the first time in living memory, there is no ‘Croydon Pantomime’ this year. Except, as our intrepid arts correspondent BELLA BARTOCK discovered this week, there are community drama groups keeping … Continue reading

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Croydon’s £10 pantomime, Cinderella, Ruskin House, Dec 22

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It’s a case of Night and Day at Screen25’s comedy shows

Not content with staging live music linked to their screenings, Screen25, South Norwood’s community cinema, has now announced plans to stage live comedians. Well, Kevin Day. Boom! Tish! (We’re here all week…). Day, the funniest thing to come out of … Continue reading

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CODA make a real song and dance out of their 75th birthday

Culture correspondent BELLA BARTOCK dusted off her glad rags, and her Zimmer frame, to get along to the Braithwaite Hall for an innovative take on a birthday party It’s not often I get invited along to birthday parties these days, … Continue reading

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Come to Croydon’s cabaret: 5 Spectacular tickets for price of 4

Inside Croydon readers who want to help to celebrate CODA’s big birthday party next week can now do so with a really Spectacular money-saving offer. CODA – the Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association – is marking its 75th anniversary year … Continue reading

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Beauty And The Beast, Theatre Workshop Coulsdon, Dec 8-16

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Spectacular – CODA’S 75th anniversary cabaret, Nov 7-10

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Murder At The Music Hall, Downsview Hall, Sep 29 and Oct 6

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Actor Scanlan to talk in pitiless close-up about her latest part

One of the great achievements of the David Lean Cinema campaigners over the past five years or so has been their ability to organise events around their movie screenings in the Clocktower’s arthouse picture house, pulling in some fascinating and … Continue reading

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Downsview Players bring a murder mystery to their music hall

Fancy a chip supper, the opportunity to solve a murder and a knees-up, Victorian style? Join the Downsview Players this autumn for murder, mystery and a good ol’ fashioned singalong. In a back-street tavern in south London, a rowdy music … Continue reading

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