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The Front Room, Croydon

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90 years. 172 different productions. I am the first female member of my family to not appear in a Thalians show for a reason other than pregnancy.

Amateur dramatics. The hidden history of many a performance artist.

From four generations of leading ladies comes one queer Londoner, sharing a story of return and reconciliation – with her hometown, cultural inheritance and secret love of musical theatre. Step-ball-changing between suburb and city, I, AmDram minds the gap between the identities we assert and the worlds we leave.

Supported by Arts Council England. Developed through Starting Blocks at Camden People's Theatre. The artist is honoured to enjoy the support of the Welwyn Thalians Musical and Dramatic Society (est 1929).

Hannah Maxwell is a writer, performer, artist and podcaster. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian and the Scotsman. The playtext of I, AmDram was published by Oberon Books in May 2019.

★★★★★  To Do List "A generation Z Caroline Aherne!

★★★★ The Scotsman "Joyful & perceptive"

★★★★ The List "A heartfelt and deeply moving tribute

Exeunt "I almost lost my goddamn mind laughing” 

Lyn Gardner “Very smart… engaging and layered.”

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The Front Room

Saint George's Walk



Written and performed by Hannah Maxwell

Dramaturgical support: Michelle Madsen and Nick Cassenbaum

Technical design: Benedict Hudson

Project Assistance: Livvy Lynch & Becky Plotnek

Backdrop created by Gino Saccone

Photography: Daisy King & Christa Holka

Trailers by Claire Nolan

Voices: Clive Dancey, Kat Foxworthy, Alison Gibbs, Stevie Gibbs, Tim Spink, Amanda Sayers.

Video and Props courtesy of the Welwyn Thalians Musical and Dramatic Society

Playtext published by Oberon Books (2019) with Forward by Brian Logan

The Front Room is a fully accessible for wheelchairs.

This performance is suitable for an audience of 12+ years. 


Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

Croydonites is a festival of new theatre and performance for Croydon. Its mission is to showcase local theatre makers, and bring some of the best contemporary performance work from around the UK to CR0 doorsteps. The inaugural event took place in November 2015 when four companies presented work at two venues. The 4th edition took place in May 2019 and featured nine artists over four weeks in five venues. It has become a fixed event on Croydon's Cultural Calendar and regularly commissions new work by local artists. In 2020 it will present the 5th edition.