Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

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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From books in Balham to Borscht along the Southbank…

From books in Balham to Borscht along the Southbank…

The Putney Sculpture Trail features a total of nine near life-sized figurative sculptures and is believed to be unique to London. Donated by the sculptor Alan Thornhill, Jim finds out more on Monday night’s show.   So looking forward to Balham Literary Festival this ...

Lesley Strachan

June 3rd, 2016

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Shakespeare walks into a bar, the bartender says “You can’t drink here, you’re bard!”

Shakespeare walks into a bar, the bartender says “You can’t drink here, you’re bard!”

The “Holy Grail of book collections” sold for £2.4million last week at Christies to an anonymous American bidder.  Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet also opened last week; all espresso and Italian trantrums.  It’s party year for Shakespeare.  But no ...

Lesley Strachan

May 28th, 2016

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New York comes to Nine Elms and Battersea this week…

New York comes to Nine Elms and Battersea this week…

…under the umbrella of  the Chelsea Fringe Festival at Nine Elms on the South Bank which runs until 12 June and it’s a bit different, it’s celebrating the horiculture, heritage and history of the area.  Our reporter Jean Sommerville-Rabbit meets American ...

Lesley Strachan

May 21st, 2016

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From Hidden Heathbrook to the Dash Arts Dacha at the Bedford in Balham…

From Hidden Heathbrook to the Dash Arts Dacha at the Bedford in Balham…

If you missed it our live broadcast from Heathbrook Park, take a look at our Facebook page where we have got some little snippets from a glorious afternoon in the park. Our final live broadcast will be from noon on Saturday 21st May from the Dash Arts Dacha at The Bedford, ...

Lesley Strachan

May 14th, 2016

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We’re live 1pm-3pm Saturday 14th at Heathbrook Park for Wandsworth Arts Fringe

We’re live 1pm-3pm Saturday 14th at Heathbrook Park for Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Look at Fayon about to have her fortune told in the What If? Machine in the Church Square at St. Mary’s in Putney.  You need to book your slot with them to find out what life holds for you in 30 year’s time.  I promise you – it’s all GOOD but they are

Lesley Strachan

May 6th, 2016

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It’s the final countdown…

It’s the final countdown…

Mike Stead presents the Saturday morning show on Wandsworth Radio and he is SO technologically minded, the obvious thing to do was to line him up with a digital theatre company Baseless Fabric. How does an audience get to hear what a character is thinking as well as what ...

Lesley Strachan

April 29th, 2016

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