Friday, May 30, 2008

Ted Craig talks about Twilight Rainbow

Ted Craig talks about the new production at the Warehouse Theatre, The Twilight Rainbow, playing 30 May - 15 June, a pulsing, laughing, bittersweet tour of memories shared by the inimitable crew of multi-skilled Zimbabwean refugees and asylum seekers, directed by Peter Mutanda Wa-Ndebele.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Was Oscar winner's feud formed at the Warehouse Theatre?

In musing on the Warehouse Theatre's current play, Drood, Mark Shenton of The Stage tells a story about the roots of a theatrical spat down under, which might trace its roots back to a play in Croydon at the Warehouse over a decade ago.

In his blog entry, "Emigrating to Croydon", Mark highlights the suggestion made by Michael Billington in the Guardian last October that Colin Moody's walkout from the Sydney Theatre Company was inspired by his experience in Croydon when he performed Michael Gow's Sweet Phoebe there in 1995. His co-star was Cate Blanchett, in her first UK stage performance, and it was she who got the glowing reviews. Moody's meanwhile were merely "respectful". So was it this which was at the root of Moody's objection to Blanchett's appointment with her husband to run the STC, despite her Oscar glory?

In the blog full of other gossip, Shenton describes the Warehouse as "a dynamic, but largely unsung, little producing theatre" and looks at the international connections of Croydon. Drood, meanwhile, is on until 24 February and is full of fun and innovation. Book now and don't forget the Victorian-inspired menu for interval food.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Last night at the Warehouse

Last night I managed to catch the last night of 'Vacant Possession' at the Warehouse Theatre, a new comedy that arrived in Croydon direct from delighting audiences at the Edinburgh Festival by Ray Brown, performed by Phillip Manikum and Jamie Smelt.

A gentle comedy, it is set in 1980s Yorkshire and deals with Sweeting, a self-made older man looking for attention and company, and Gary, a 30-something political activist and general dosser needing to move out of his mum's. There was some lovely characterisation and use of language, and it was a really sweet engaging play of the kind that works so well in the Warehouse's intimate space.

The play got nice reviews at Edinburgh, but sadly Geoffrey Wilkinson who played Sweeting died suddenly before the play made it down to Croydon. Manikum has made the part his own, and it's a fitting tribute to Geoffrey that the show did go on.

The play now moves on to the Hackney Empire then Yorkshire. Meanwhile the Warehouse has the world premiere of Some Kinda' Arizona this Friday, with the play on until 21 October.


Croydon Gateway public inquiry set to open

Tomorrow sees the start of the long-awaited inquiry into planing permission and then the compulsory purchase order being sought by Arrowcroft so that they can build their Arena scheme in central Croydon, without any viable scheme to replace the Warehouse Theatre and against the background of increasing public opposition to the scheme.

Meanwhile the site owners, Stanhope Schroders, have unveiled a new name for their alternative scheme - Ruskin Square, after John Ruskin, the writer and social commentator with strong links to Croydon. Ruskin's parents are buried in Shirley and he spent much of his childhood here.

Local residents and Stanhope themselves are among those who will be objecting to Arrowcroft's council-backed CPO. Although the Warehouse Theatre is pleased that Arrowcroft is slowly coming round to a replacement theatre, it too is making its objections. Arrowcroft's scheme leaves the theatre without the home for three years, then promises an entirely inadequate and unfunded building subject to stringent requirements. If they change their mind, Arrowcroft keep the three million for their own purposes - a privilege not extended to Stanhope. Ken Frost has an analysis here.

The Inquiry starts tomorrow, Tuesday 17 September, at 10am at the Jury’s Hotel, 26 Wellesley Road, Croydon.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Warehouse on Facebook

The Warehouse Theatre has a Facebook group...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

1,500 people sign Warehouse petition

At the last Croydon Council meeting, Cllr Eddy Arram (Con, Ashburton) handed in a petition of 1,500 objecting to the Conservative cut to the Warehouse Theatre grant, to cheers from the Labour councillors and the public gallery.

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