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The Front Room, Croydon

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£8.00 - £24.00

Who do you trust when the news is fake, your partner is cheating on you and global politics is an exploding clown car? Byron Vincent is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but with dying icons, impending climate catastrophe and that bloke from Home Alone Two in charge of world’s largest nuclear arsenal; isn’t blind panic the only sane response? 
The world is falling apart so Byron is desperate to hold his relationship together, even if it means playing STI roulette and stalking a bodybuilder.  
It’s a glib postmodern age in which cynicism is cool, modern life is rubbish and sincerity is for suckers; but as concepts like truth, peace and hope become risible anachronisms, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate our perspective. In a post-satire age, what’s so funny about peace love and understanding?

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The Front Room

Saint George's Walk



​Written and performed by Byron Vincent
Produced by Alice Carter

Supported by:
Farnham Maltings
Arts Council England
Inn Crowd 


Byron Vincent is a writer, performer, broadcaster and activist with a long and varied career. He spent the naughts doing spoken word at music and literary festivals for which he was picked as one of BBC poetry season's New Talent choices.

In more recent years Byron has turned to theatre working as writer, director and performer for the RSC, BAC and other notable acronyms. 
Byron is passionate social activist with lived experience of issues around poverty and mental health. He has written and presented many documentaries for BBC Radio 4, often exploring the social problems arising out of poverty, ghettoization and mental ill health.  Most of which can still be found on iplayer. 

Byron is a proud ambassador for mental health charities Rethink and Mental Health Foundation. His show Live Before You Die tackles male suicide. He is currently working on a memoir.

The Front Room is an accessible venue.

Latecomers are admitted at a suitable point. Doors open approx. 15 minutes before the show starts.


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.