Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Hope: An Exhibition and a word for our times…

Hope: An Exhibition and a word for our times…

Hope: An Exhibition is an artistic celebration of anything and everything that gives us hope or makes us feel hopeful. Award-winning photographer Jim Grover and Reverend Kit Gunasekera have installed nearly 200 pieces in St. James Church, Clapham, as part of a project to ...

Lesley Strachan

March 15th, 2020

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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 ...

Lesley Strachan

October 2nd, 2018

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Celebrating First Females and a Phoenix From the Flames…

Celebrating First Females and a Phoenix From the Flames…

Anita Corbin grew up in Putney and was a graduate of the Royal College of Art, so when she was considering where best to exhibit her latest work “100 First Women”, where else would she turn to? She’s worked for 10 years to bring this project to its conclusion, and a fine one

Lesley Strachan

July 19th, 2018

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Twenty Theatres to see Before You Die…

Twenty Theatres to see Before You Die…

Have you made your list?  Amber Massie-Blomfield has, and it includes our very own Battersea Arts Centre. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, she calls her book a love letter to Britain’s theatres.  Listen into Lesley’s chat with her at BAC.   The World ...

Lesley Strachan

June 1st, 2018

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The London Russian Ballet School (LRBS) is right on our doorstep – there it is en pointe in Clapham!

The London Russian Ballet School (LRBS) is right on our doorstep – there it is en pointe in Clapham!

In collaboration with leading principals from the BOLSHOI BALLET they present ROMANTIC REVOLUTION on 18th September at the London Palladium.  Listen to our lovely chat with two students from LRBS, Marianne Allen and Kamila Sizinceva, about what this means to them and how ...

Lesley Strachan

September 3rd, 2017

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Love, people, memories…and Battersea Arts Centre.

Love, people, memories…and Battersea Arts Centre.

The Grand Hall re-opens next year and on Monday’s ArtsWatch, David Jubb the Artistic Director at BAC, tells us how locals and celebrities alike are coming together to celebrate its new era, culminating in an innovative auction at Christie’s in October. Listen on Tuesday to ...

Lesley Strachan

March 25th, 2017

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Love, duty, death and dominoes…

On Monday’s ArtsWatch I share  a “not-so-quiet” moment with Patricia Cumper MBE, at the Press night of “Chigger Foot Boys” at Tara Arts Theatre.  She’s the writer behind this moving new play based on the lives of Jamaican soldiers in World War One.  Is that the chink ...

Lesley Strachan

February 25th, 2017

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“Life as it’s lived: unplugged and un-miked…”

That’s Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond for you and ArtsWatch is delighted to have made our first visit it to London’s only permanently in the round theatre. On Monday, listen to Ian’s interview at the Orange Tree Theatre with Imogen Bond, director of their Christmas show ...

Lesley Strachan

December 19th, 2016

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Let the West End come to Wandsworth…

Sohm Kapila of Bend it Like Beckham and Britain’s Got Bhangra takes the lead role of Jack at Tara Art’s Theatre Christmas Show, “Bollywood Jack”. Sohm speaks to us on Monday’s ArtsWatch and gives us a little snippet of how the worlds of Panto and Bollywood collide in a ...

Lesley Strachan

December 10th, 2016

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When is library, not a library? When it’s a theatre of course!

Last week we featured Omnibus who had started as a library and now has won the Peter Brook Award as performance space.  This week we take a look at two new entrepreneurial theatre companies bringing their work to Wimbledon Library and the new Clapham Library. With theatres ...

Lesley Strachan

November 19th, 2016

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