Theatre comes to Croydon’s oldest street market

Croydon theatre organisation The Human Zoo Theatre Company will present Theatre on The Market in the town centre next week, bringing innovative, fresh and free theatre experiences to Surrey Street.

This exciting venture is supported by Croydon Council’s Cultural Partnership Fund (CPF) and Arts Council England. Created by Human Zoo’s own devising ensemble, who grew up in and around Croydon, Theatre on The Market will set up shop for six days in August. This follows the council’s £1.1 million regeneration of Surrey Street.

Market-goers, families and people on their way through this bustling hub of the community can expect to find the seriously silly, the wonderfully weird and the wilfully wacky across six unique, interactive and immersive theatre events.

Poetry TakeOut
Thursday 3 August – 10am – 5pm
Personalised poetry written for you whilst you shop.

Day at the Races
Friday 4 August – 11am -1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Four posh toffs head to Surrey Street to cheer on their jockeys at the races… Only, their jockeys haven’t shown up. And that’s where you come in.

The Girl Who Fell in Love With The Moon
Saturday 5 August – 11am, 1pm and 3pm – 30-minute performances
Back from international tour to Indonesia, these story-telling stargazers are certain to delight and entertain kids and grown-ups of all ages.

The Puppet Zoo
Thursday 10 August – 10am – 5pm
Create your own zoo animal puppet, and bring it to life in our miniature puppet theatre. All materials provided, the only thing you need to bring is your imagination and perhaps a very loud ROAR!

Friday 11 August – 11am, 1pm and 3pm – 30-minute performances
Is your bedroom a mess? Your whole house? Your entire life?
Join Human Zoo for this 30-minute outdoor performance, exploring messiness + creativity with music, dance, puppetry, comedy and a huge pile of junk!

Surrey Street Experience
Saturday 12 August – 10am – 5pm
Treasure hunts, resident artists, poets and performers come together in this mystery interactive exhibition, which will be made in response to our time spent on Surrey Street Market… and not before!

The Human Zoo Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Florence O’Mahony said: “We want to begin to address the notion that the arts is an indulgence, only for those who can afford to buy a ticket. Theatre on The Market is sure to be a fun, creative and joyful snippet of entertainment for anybody (kids or no kids!) who decides to venture down to Surrey Street.”

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Croydon has an amazing summer programme this year and Theatre on the Market is really special. It’s fantastic to have free professional original theatre, performed by a talented local organisation, on our historic street market. We are supporting grassroots groups like The Human Zoo because we want to grow our own talent and invest in culture, putting it at the heart of our borough’s regeneration. I’m delighted to see our arts scene evolving in such a positive way.”

Source: Your Croydon