Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Mid-river Milonga and more at the Totally Thames Festival 2019.

Mid-river Milonga and more at the Totally Thames Festival 2019.

The biggest celebration of London’s iconic River Thames is back! Totally Thames have announced the amazing full programme of events for the 2019 festival. Alongside four brilliant highlight events, the full programme commemorates the river as the vital cultural and ...

Lesley Strachan

July 28th, 2019

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When all of Wandsworth’s a stage…

When all of Wandsworth’s a stage…

Yes, we are back down now from Edinburgh, but you can’t have too much of a good thing and our local theatres are not letting us down.  In fact there are not enough nights in September for you to see everything on offer. Let the ArtsWatch team take the strain, here’s just a ...

Lesley Strachan

August 24th, 2018

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The tenor voice of the cello, splits the stage between the two female protagonists…

On Monday, we have a cracking interview with the playwright behind “No Place For a Woman” Cordelia O’Neill.  The play has just opened at Theatre503 to 5* reviews, a stunning piece of mood-ful writing; atmospheric cello and beautifully precise dance movement. This breaks the ...

Lesley Strachan

May 12th, 2017

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Think women’s football is a new idea…it was at it’s height of popularity during World War One…

Inspired by the lives of three real female players, “Offside” it follows the women as they face obstacles in pursuit of their love of the beautiful game. Ahead of its launch, Caroline discusses the game’s booming popularity during World War One and why we won’t be seeing any

Lesley Strachan

March 10th, 2017

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Bored with the Bard?

What on earth connects Shakespeare, the Clangers and the 1980s cartoon series ‘Thundercats’? You’ll have to see ‘Undead Bard’ at Theatre N16 for the answer. On Monday’s programme, Ian finds out more from the man behind the inspired lunacy,

Lesley Strachan

October 7th, 2016

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What happens in Rock Choir, stays in Rock Choir…even in Balham.

Join me in finding out what Rock Choir is all about.  Who will be Balham’s own Gareth Malone?  Rock Choir are coming to Balham and you can try a free taster session on Monday 19th September.  Tune in at 6.30pm on Monday to find out how.       We love ...

Lesley Strachan

September 9th, 2016

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Ch-ch-ch-changes…

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

From next week, you can now catch our reports Monday-Thursday after the 6.30pm news headlines. But what about our tea? Well, that’s just how committed we are.  Here’s the line-up for next week… Did you go along to see Rotterdam when it opened at Theatre503 last ...

Lesley Strachan

August 19th, 2016

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Larry the Cat has been watching something of a Whitehall Farce this week…

Larry the Cat has been watching something of a Whitehall Farce this week…

If he popped down to South West London he would get a bit more variety –  some Shakespeare, a bit of comedy, a film…and he’d meet Lee Mead if he wanted to do. Who needs central London?   Fresh from its critically acclaimed run in Wimbledon, “Macbeth” Arrows ...

Lesley Strachan

July 15th, 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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Just 3 weeks away from the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016

Week 2 of our Wandsworth Arts Festival performers guesting in the studio. On Monday afternoon, Ian Barclay welcomes Andrew Silverwood, Artistic Director of Fragility Theatre who are taking over the Cat’s Back for the duration on the festival.  Spotlight on Tuesday evening ...

Lesley Strachan

April 16th, 2016

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