Cool People: Vanessa Hammick and Amy Foster

Vanessa Hammick and Amy Foster
Founders of Croydon Bicycle Theatre
Click Here for more info about Vanessa and Amy

Where do you live?
A: South Norwood: I wanted to find somewhere on the ginger line when I moved back to Croydon after spending five years in Bethnal Green.
V: Bermondsey but I am back a lot working with Amy on CCT.

How long have you lived in Croydon?
A: I moved back in 2013 but we we both grew up in Croydon and met at school. My parents lived on the next road to Vee’s mum in Coulsdon and chatting on the bus home from school together was a quite a massive part of our teenage years!

Where’s your favourite place to eat?
A & V: Dalhousie in Crystal Palace won the Citizen’s best cafe awards and is a pretty deserved winner. We enjoyed a totally decadent afternoon tea there for birthdays in November- having them 4 days apart is always a pretty good excuse to celebrate for a week solid!

Where’s your favourite place to drink?
A & V: The Portland Arms opened last year in South Norwood last year and has been a very welcome addition to our local scene. I don’t drink but end up there pretty frequently as it’s such a nice welcoming space and are very family friendly, which is pretty essential these days! They also have a really good food menu; it’s good for both a cosy winter roast and summer barbecues out in their lovely garden.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Croydon?
A & V: Anything involving old friends and new experiences is delightful, but really anything that’s inclusive enough to take the children to is a winner. The Council funded a puppet theatre production at Matthews Yard last year called ‘The Dream Factory’ which was fantastic and a real treat. Equally, we really loved running the ‘Theatre on the Market’ pop up at Surrey Street for the fact we could get such a diverse crowd along to hear our piece on Croydon’s twin town, Arnhem.

What’s the coolest thing about Croydon?
A & V: Definitely, the people. That we have so many people trying to reach out and build a cultural community is incredible. As Croydonians, we’re so grateful to have so many newcomers who are doing so much for our hometown.

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