Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Frankenstein is back!

Frankenstein is back!

The Phoenix Season continues at the Battersea Arts Centre with a return performance of FRANKENSTEIN.  Created by their very own Beatbox Academy, this isn’t a version you will have seen elsewhere and just back for two more performances. We speak to two performers from the show.

Also, back for a second run is EUGENIUS! at The Other Palace in Victoria. An 80’s super-hero musical that originated in a pub in Clapham, is a slow burn with a buzz about it. The writers give us the background and why this is still funny the morning after the night before.

The ARIADNE PROJECT at The Royal College of Art in Battersea.  How to make art out of a construction area? Visitors will be able to explore how recent RCA alumni are charting the evolution of the RCA Battersea campus through newly commissioned artworks. These emerging artists use photography, moving image, performance and zines to reflect on the RCA’s most significant development of its campus since 1961.

Oscar Wilde spent some time in Wandsworth, not a time he might wish to be remembered by.  A new book by acclaimed biographer Matthew Sturgis whose forthcoming title OSCAR: A LIFE presents the first full biography in the last thirty years talks to us about his work. Did you know Wilde’s brother nicknamed him Lawn Tennysonian? And that he ardently wished that he had blonde hair?


Betsy Blatchley has been living in Battersea for the past six months to see what can be achieved when you see life through the lens of faith, the arts and social justice.  She is the first Pioneer Minister for the Arts in Nine Elms.  She tells us what she’s got brewing so far, and what we might be able to expect for the future.

LOSING VENICE at the Orange Tree just voted Most Welcoming Theatre in London for third year in a row. This play is set in a nation with delusional ideas of its place in the world who spend more time focusing on its Duke’s ceremonial wedding than its strategic choices and questioning its foreign adventures.  Sounds a bit implausible doesn’t it, but then again it’s set in the faraway Spanish Golden Age so…


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October 2nd, 2018

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