Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

From next week, you can now catch our reports Monday-Thursday after the 6.30pm news headlines. But what about our tea? Well, that’s just how committed we are.  Here’s the line-up for next week… Did you go along to see Rotterdam when it opened at Theatre503 last ...

Lesley Strachan

August 19th, 2016

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Och aye the noo! It’s not all about Edinburgh in August…

…there is still plenty going on in Wandsworth in August.  Listen in to ArtsWatch Monday- Thursday at 6.45pm to hear the latest arts and culture news. Lifting the lid on an immigrant family in a post-Brexit country, ‘Screens’ at Theatre 503 couldn’t be

Lesley Strachan

August 14th, 2016

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Flash, bang, wallop, crash – what a picture! What a Balham photograph!

Flash, bang, wallop, crash – what a picture! What a Balham photograph!

Submit your photos for the My Balham & Tooting 2016 photographic competition to take part in a local living history competition.  Judged by local photographers, the winners’ work will form an exhibition at Balham Library and be part of a living history photo book.  There

Lesley Strachan

August 5th, 2016

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Harry Potter has opened in the West End this week to rave reviews…

But as you won’t be able to get a ticket for less than £100 or in the next 12 months, turn your gaze more locally! Local theatre, local prices. We’ll point you in the right direction in next week’s ArtsWatch schedule… Imagine a dark version of the dating show ‘Take Me ...

Lesley Strachan

July 30th, 2016

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It’s a win-win for local theatre-goers!

It’s a win-win for local theatre-goers!

Local fringe venues Theatre N16 in Balham and Lost Theatre in Wandsworth Road have made it on to the shortlist of 3 to run the new theatre in Streatham. Streatham Hill Theatre is expected to open the doors to its 120 seat auditorium in December 2017.  The theatre will be ...

Lesley Strachan

July 22nd, 2016

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Larry the Cat has been watching something of a Whitehall Farce this week…

Larry the Cat has been watching something of a Whitehall Farce this week…

If he popped down to South West London he would get a bit more variety –  some Shakespeare, a bit of comedy, a film…and he’d meet Lee Mead if he wanted to do. Who needs central London?   Fresh from its critically acclaimed run in Wimbledon, “Macbeth” Arrows ...

Lesley Strachan

July 15th, 2016

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Celebrating or commiserating – you may have hit the bottle this week, but…

Celebrating or commiserating – you may have hit the bottle this week, but…

…you’d have to go it some to reach the levels of the bad girls at the centre of Theatre503’s new play “Screwed” which opened last week. They’ve reached their 30s with no looking back…or care for the future with a lifestyle fuelled by booze and bravado.  .  I meet the ...

Lesley Strachan

July 3rd, 2016

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That was a week, that was…

This was a special week, wasn’t it  – I went to visit the new TARA Arts Theatre and it’s a bijou beauty with some hints of Bollywood. Taking influences from the history of the building, its origins and surrounding area as well as thoughtfully sourced ...

Lesley Strachan

June 24th, 2016

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Queen Gertrude for the Lady Gaga generation…

Queen Gertrude for the Lady Gaga generation…

Mother of Young Hamlet, wife of Old Hamlet, lover of his brother Claudius.  Yes well those facets to do make it into “Gertrude The Cry” at TheatreN16, but you might not recognise anything else from the Bard’s most famous work.  I speak to Chris Hislop, the director about ...

Lesley Strachan

June 19th, 2016

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What 3 little words mean the same to all of us?

What 3 little words mean the same to all of us?

“Ross and Rachel”. Eh? James Fritz used to work behind the bar at the Battersea Arts Centre. He returns next week as celebrated writer of “Ross & Rachel”, a hit play of Edinburgh Festival 2015, now on tour and showing at the BAC 21-25 June.  And he’s on ...

Lesley Strachan

June 11th, 2016

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