New Beginnings

1 Jan - 29 Feb

A new year brings New Beginnings to Stanley Arts. Immerse yourself in dance, theatre and live music to kickstart your year, why not try something new?

What’s on this 2024 at Stanley Arts?

Kicking off January, we’re joined by the likes of The Conquering Heroes, Foxtots, BirdGang Ltd and InDaHouse.

Find out who will be crowned King or Queen of the 2nd Edition of The Kingdom’s League Finale (6th January). Then, we turn our attention to a good old-fashioned knees-up family style as Foxtots Bops Live (7th January) returns to Stanley Arts for its second year!  Or why not start off January by learninga new skill, and join Jose Agudo for a five week Flamenco course?

Join dancers, singers and locals as Requardt & Rosenberg take over Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre in this intimate and constantly surprising dance spectacle at Super Normal Extra Natural (12th – 14th of January). Croydon Resident’s can get £1 locals tickets!

Then we prepare for New Years Party like no other, a Burns Night Ceilidh (19th January) featuring special guests, Exploring Whisky. We’ve a hip-hop battle not-to-be-missed as The Battle Cage returns for Vol 3 (20th January). Get involved in the battle, or join in as a spectator and ease yourself into the scene.

Tying in with the new year, we’ve launched New Beginnings, an opportunity where a limited number of local artists have been given free rehearsal space for five consecutive days to help to progress their practice! Followed by a small-informal performance of their works where artists can demonstrate their progress. We’ll be following their journey’s over on our Instagram, so be sure to be following us for the latest updates.

Our weekly classes led by Stanley Arts Residents return for 2024; Life Drawing (Untutored), every other Tuesday from the 9th of January. Not forgetting our mid-week Wednesday Wellness class with James Sandals: Strength & Stretch. Every Sunday morning, we invite families to our fun and interactive family dance class; Mini Movers & Their Grown-up Groovers led by dance professional Rachele Rapisardi.

As February approaches, we are thrilled to be joined by Theatre Rites as A Journey of a Refugee comes to Stanley Arts. The immersive show is aimed at ages 8+, and you’re invited to watch this fascinating story comes to life by the use beautiful puppetry and performance. Don’t just take our word for it either:

This is, no two ways about it, an astonishing piece of theatre: a kids’ show that handles immigration both as lived experience and as a bureaucratic system, with such nuance and sophistication that it teaches adults a thing or two as well” ★★★★★ – Whats on Stage, The Welcoming Party

Otherwise, our Family Sundays makes a return from February. An affordable piece of  family theatre, one Sunday in the month, every month! On Sunday 18th, we’re delighted to be showing The Great Big Dinosaur Show. Join poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko for a family show full of poems, raps and songs about all your favourite prehistoric protagonists (and some you haven’t heard of yet!).

Photography credit: Vipul Sangoi, taken from BirdGang’s Youth group EGGZ, curtain raiser performance to open COMMONS Festival Extravaganza 2023.

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