Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

It’s a panto…but not always as you know it…

It’s a panto…but not always as you know it…

It’s a bumper Christmas if you are looking for local shows to go to.  We have it all, from the tradition to the dark and twisted.  Listen in to our interviews over the next month to make your choice.  Or you can go and see them all because as we know, going local is cheaper!

Lesley Strachan

November 17th, 2018

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When Rani Meets Raj…

When Rani Meets Raj…

A rom-com with a Bollywood twist opens this month at the TARA ARTS Theatre in Earlsfield.  Lesley Strachan meets Adam Samuel-Bal, the cheeky lead actor of THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHAI.  The play- a modernisation of an 18th century farce- is given an Asian angle by the writer ...

Lesley Strachan

February 28th, 2018

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Cinderella will go to the Strictly Ball – oh yes she will!

Cinderella will go to the Strictly Ball – oh yes she will!

No longer content with just reporting our local arts and culture, we are now contributing to it ourselves. We don’t want to hog the blog – so take a look at other parts of our homepage to get the details of how to come and watch a live recording of “Cinderella in ...

Lesley Strachan

December 1st, 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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The Boy is Back in Town…

The Boy is Back in Town…

Not everyone will have heard of Phil Lynott, but you will have heard his songs.  Our 80s expert tells us more later in the week…     A coming of age tale about consent and belonging – Glitter Punch is the second play from Lucy Burke and her theatre company ...

Lesley Strachan

October 29th, 2016

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Will there be ‘hell toupée’ if the Americans elect President Trump?

Will there be ‘hell toupée’ if the Americans elect President Trump?

Jean went along to check out a new exhibition at the Political Cartoon Gallery in Putney – featuring Donald Trump.  Tune in on Monday to hear her interview with gallery owner Tim Benson.   Eeny, meeny, miney, mo…how will choose your pantomime this year? See West ...

Lesley Strachan

October 15th, 2016

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What will Mary do next?

Well, there’s always panto… …and it’s almost that time again (Oh no it isn’t!) and Ian has been along to Richmond Theatre to meet the stars of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – Maureen Lipman and Chris Jarvis. Find out what Maureen got up to with a pogo

Lesley Strachan

September 23rd, 2016

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A love letter from Paradise…

…arrives at Tara Arts Theatre this week. We took you on a tour of the beautiful new building in the summer with their charismatic Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma; we had a lovely discussion with Anthony Clark, the writer and director of the opening play ...

Lesley Strachan

September 17th, 2016

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Harry Potter has opened in the West End this week to rave reviews…

But as you won’t be able to get a ticket for less than £100 or in the next 12 months, turn your gaze more locally! Local theatre, local prices. We’ll point you in the right direction in next week’s ArtsWatch schedule… Imagine a dark version of the dating show ‘Take Me ...

Lesley Strachan

July 30th, 2016

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