About us

Stanley Arts aims to be one of South London’s premiere arts and performance venues, providing our local community with a vital home for cultural expression and discovery. As a radically inclusive space we seek to foreground under-represented voices, providing artists of colour and LGBTQ+ creatives with a platform to reach out to audiences across South London and beyond.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

In January 2022, the Stanley Arts ‘New Beginnings’ programme will be showcasing new and exciting work from emerging artists, theatre companies, circus performers, stand-up comedians, and many more. 

We have a mission to support creatives at every stage of their artistic journey, so next month we are providing space to great new artists to share their work in an informal setting. This will allow them to gain feedback and develop their art; while our intrepid audiences will get to see the ‘next big thing in the making’.

Why not come and join us to find out more? Whether you want to see circus, comedy, children’s theatre, or be part of an improv workshop, there’s something for everyone to get involved with this January!

Many of our Emerging Work events will be on a pay-what-you-can deal – the artists involved want to make their emerging work as accessible as possible, so that you can try something new this January at a very low cost, and get a taste of the best up-and-coming theatre, comedy, and music that South London has to offer.

Our programme includes:

Friday 7th January – Nice N Spiky: Emerging Comics

Saturday 8th January – A Museum for Dead Instincts by Clout Theatre

Tuesday 11th JanuaryPaper Swans Rehearsed Reading

Friday 14th January – Ou Est Sa Tête with Lavrak Circus

Wednesday 19th JanuaryImprov Workshop with PillowTalk

Friday 21st January – Criminally Untrue with PillowTalk Theatre

Saturday 22nd JanuaryTongue Tied: Open Mic Night

Friday 28th January – Hasbian: Open Rehearsal

Friday 28th January – F*** It Up Friday OTA

Sunday 30th January – The Adventures of Madame Carol Sell and Mr Popsy


Don’t hesitate to go to our What’s On page to find out more!



This February, for 2022 LGBTQIA+ history month, Stanley Arts presents its ‘Queer+’ season. 

This programme of events will celebrate the unique contribution of queer artists and performers to the UK’s cultural life. Stanley Arts will be bringing together communities from across London’s queer scene and sharing the most inspiring artists and creative performances with everyone. 

From Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World to a Kiki Ball, from zine-making workshops to Croydon Pride’s Got Talent, Stanley Arts’ Queer+ season will encompass the full spectrum of queer creativity that London has to offer. 

Friday 4th FebruaryQueer Diary zine-making workshop

Friday 11th February – Queer Diary


Friday 11th FebruaryThe Valentine’s Love Drag Ball

Saturday 12th FebruaryThe British Guide To Showing Off + Q&A with Andrew Logan

Sunday 13th FebruaryMama G’s Story Time

Tuesday 15th February – River Manning: Transfloration Exhibition

Saturday 19th FebruaryThe Legend of Leigh Bowery + Q&A with Sue Tilley

Friday 25th February – F*** It Up Friday OTA

Saturday 26th February – Croydon Pride’s Got Talent 2022

Monday 28th FebruaryLorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Hearts + Q&A


Don’t hesitate to go to our What’s On page to find out more!

Our Vision For 2022

Our Vision For 2022

Stanley Arts is currently undergoing some big changes, including with our artistic programme. In 2022 we are aiming to expand our diversity in every sense and would love to hear from artists who may like to be a part of our new creative programme.

If you’re a local artist from Norwood, Croydon, or the rest of South London, we would love to hear from you. We regularly programme a wide range of performers and artists, so we’re open to everything. Previous works include theatre, dance, drag, music, ballroom, classes, cabaret, club nights, art exhibitions, and more.

We are actively looking to programme artists who identify as black or from an ethnic minority background, as queer or LGBTQ+, as deaf or disabled, or are part of any other group under-represented in mainstream culture. We aim to be a radically inclusive space, and aim to reflect this inclusion within our artistic programme.

Also, if you would just like to be featured on our social media platforms, we are currently looking for local artists to promote – you can find the Google Form here. If you have any problems with this, don’t hesitate to contact us on social media, or email evie@stanleyarts.org.

For artistic or programming enquiries, please contact evie@stanleyarts.org to start the conversation, or gain more information about the venue and how we work. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Our Monthly Regulars

Our Monthly Regulars

Our artistic programme consists of a wide range of performers and artists – but some of these artists stay with us on a monthly basis.

Nice N Spiky Comedy, featuring five new comedians every first Friday of the month

F*** It Up Fridays, a drag ballroom OTA every last Friday of the month

Our Black Queer Film Programme, hosted by Batty Mama every last Monday of the month

Our jazz jam, hosted monthly on the last Thursday of every month

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