Summer stage academy launch at Fairfield Halls

In partnership with Resident Company SAVVY Theatre, BH Live is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new Summer Stage Academy coming to Fairfield Halls in Croydon.

The Summer Stage Academy will offer an accessible, inclusive, creative and fun summer holiday programme for children aged 8-12 years.

They will be able to learn to sing, dance and act, during a full week of daily sessions in the venue’s John Whitgift Community Cube Studio.

SAVVY Theatre Company Artistic Director Sheree Vickers said,

We are so excited to expand our offering to more kids in the local community this summer – we offer a safe space for children to express their creativity and most importantly to have fun, whilst being supported by our experience teachers.”

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Notes to editors

At the completion of a multi-million-pound development, Fairfield Halls formally reopened on in September 2019, but was forced to close its doors in March 2020, due to the pandemic.

Its first season included an eclectic mix of theatre, music, comedy and family entertainment in the 809-seat Ashcroft Theatre, the world-class 1,802-seat Concert Hall, and in spaces across the building, including The Recreational (750-capacity standing live music venue), the SAVVY Studio, Talawa Studio, and the John Whitgift Community Cube.

With a long and distinguished history, Fairfield Halls sits in the heart of Croydon. Talawa, the UK’s primary Black led touring theatre company, the award-winning and inclusive SAVVY Theatre Company, SLiDE – a collective of dancers, artists and musicians aiming to unite people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds through expressive dance – and London Mozart Players – the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra – are companies in residence at the venue.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother opened the Fairfield Halls on Friday 2 November 1962. The inaugural concert in the Phoenix Concert Hall was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent, with renowned soloist Yehudi Menuhin also performing.

The Ashcroft Theatre was opened on 5 November by Croydon-born Dame Peggy Ashcroft, with the opening ceremony including a monologue by Sir John Betjeman called ‘Local Girl Made Good’. The first play performed was Royal Gambit, starring Dulcie Gray.

The Arnhem Foyer is named after Croydon’s twin-town of Arnhem in Holland.

About BH Live
Fairfield Halls is managed by BH Live in partnership with Croydon Council.

BH Live is a charitable Trust and leading operator of leisure and event venues.

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