Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

On The Road to Brixton

On The Road to Brixton

How the new Ovalhouse will look in Brixton 2020

There is so much news coming out of the  Ovalhouse – not only is it set to relocate to Brixton,  it also has a new summer season to announce, and on top of that, it is also transforming disused playground into a temporary performance space – which will be designed and built by 10-year olds!  Listen to our interview with Owen Calvert-Lyons, Head of Theatre & Artistic Development, who outlines his summer season. This includes CUSTODY, a hard-hitting play exploring police treatment of young black men as well as GREY, a play looking at mental health which is full of songs and also fully BSL (British Sign Language)integrated. In addition, the UNTOLD SEASON, brings together six artists in dynamic new writing double-bills. Experimental and political theatre right on our doorsteps.

Balham Literary Festival

BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL is on our June agenda and takes places at the Balham Bowls Club this year. We are delighted to bring you our interview with Parker Bilal, author of the novel “The Divinities” which opens its story with a crime in Battersea. How much more local can we get! We catch up with him while he is at the Festival to find out more.


Hero will soon be screened at Brixton Ritxy and several cinemas in South London. Inspired by the life and times Trinidadian war veteran Ulric Cross, this film forms part of Windrush celebrations and a nationwide release will follow.  Produced and directed by Frances-Anne Solomon, Ulric’s story is told through the use of a mix of footage from old reels spanning back from the 1940s to present day. All screenings will be followed by Q&A with Frances-Anne and we will be there to bring you more information and insight.

Stop That Monkey! He’s Stolen Ruby’s Ice Lolly!

Ruby Lovell is a film producer, musician and children’s author.  She tells us about latest book “STOP THAT MONKEY! HE’S STOLEN RUBY’S ICE LOLLY”.  Set in Sri Lanka and based on Ruby’s own experiences with her children when visiting Grandma there, it’s fun, lively and educational too.

June 10th, 2019

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