Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Happy 10th Birthday WAF!

Happy 10th Birthday WAF!

We’re building up to the next Wandsworth Arts Fringe this year taking place 3-19 May across the borough of Wandsworth.

We welcome our first WAF performers into our Battersea studios this week as well as make our preparations for our outdoor broadcasts.  If you can’t get to the Fringe, we can bring it tou you.  We will also be broadcasting live from two events – performance poetry from Fresh Ground in Battersea on 10 May and stand-up comedy with a live music gig from Dash Arts Cafe at The Bedford in Balham on 19 May. A barnstorming event to bring the festival to a close – all from the comfort of your front room.

We’ll broadcast live on Sunday evening 19 May.

A couple of local venues open their doors to free during the fringe.  Oily Cart in Tooting are offering a couple of free events for WAF. We speak to Artistic Director, Tim Webb, about the free workshop he will be leading which is a practical hands-on introduction to the company’s multi-sensory and interactive theatre for children and young people with complex disabilities  You can join a guided tour of the historic Royal Academy of Dance and discover their role in British Ballet. Take a peek inside their studios, delve into heritage archives and discover a unique collection of shoes, costumes, designs and photographs. Follow us on @thisisriverside to hear when they will be guesting on our daytime shows to tell you more.

Oily Cart
Royal Academy of Dance

We won’t be ignoring the rest of our area during this time and always have time for local authors to talk about their work.  “London Undercurrents” is a book of poetry about forgotten women of London and we were lucky enough to attend the launch and interview authors Joolz Sparks and Hilaire.

Joolz Sparks & Hilaire

A team of people support the dancers in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and it’s not an all male-affair as you may have thought. As part of their UK tour, they have just done a week at the New Wimbledon Theatre and Max Westwell the principal dancer tells us about the highs and lows of taking on such an iconic role.

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four, a gripping adaptation by Nick Lane comes to Greenwich Theatre. Combining original live music and ensemble storytelling it brings to life the infamous Sherlock Holmes. Crammed full of adventure, romance and comedy, we speak to Luke Barton who plays Sherlock Holmes.

The Underbelly Southbank Festival is also in full swing now and it’s a great chance to see international cabaret star Bernie Dieter who stars in the darkest, funniest and most debauched variety show this side of the Berlin wall – Little Death
Club.
It’s a headline show and we are delighted to be meeting her.

April 21st, 2019

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