Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Happy, Healthy, Home?

So much bigger than last year, this is the second year for the Balham Literary Festival held at the Bedford Pub. On Monday, we speak to Jenny Landreth an avid swimmer at Tooting Lido and author of “Swell: A Water Biography.” Part autobiography and part history of, amongst ...

Lesley Strachan

June 2nd, 2017

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“Come in.  Sit Down.  Explore.”

“Come in. Sit Down. Explore.”

This is Seth Kriebel’s invitation to join him in “A House Repeated” at Battersea Arts Centre.  If you have ever wanted to explore the nooks and crannies of this beloved venue…you can do it now, without leaving your theatre seat.  In traverse, the audience become team ...

Lesley Strachan

October 22nd, 2016

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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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It’s a win-win for local theatre-goers!

It’s a win-win for local theatre-goers!

Local fringe venues Theatre N16 in Balham and Lost Theatre in Wandsworth Road have made it on to the shortlist of 3 to run the new theatre in Streatham. Streatham Hill Theatre is expected to open the doors to its 120 seat auditorium in December 2017.  The theatre will be ...

Lesley Strachan

July 22nd, 2016

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That was a week, that was…

This was a special week, wasn’t it  – I went to visit the new TARA Arts Theatre and it’s a bijou beauty with some hints of Bollywood. Taking influences from the history of the building, its origins and surrounding area as well as thoughtfully sourced ...

Lesley Strachan

June 24th, 2016

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Shakespeare walks into a bar, the bartender says “You can’t drink here, you’re bard!”

Shakespeare walks into a bar, the bartender says “You can’t drink here, you’re bard!”

The “Holy Grail of book collections” sold for £2.4million last week at Christies to an anonymous American bidder.  Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo and Juliet also opened last week; all espresso and Italian trantrums.  It’s party year for Shakespeare.  But no ...

Lesley Strachan

May 28th, 2016

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Shakespeare is 400 years dead this week, the Queen is 90 years old…and we are 2 weeks away from 16 days of 110 events featuring 300 performers at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 6-22 May.

Shakespeare is 400 years dead this week, the Queen is 90 years old…and we are 2 weeks away from 16 days of 110 events featuring 300 performers at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 6-22 May.

And we’ve got a hand-picked selection of them coming into our studio… Dash Arts are visiting Ian Barclay during his show on Monday afternoon to tell him all about their Dash Arts Dacha which will be at the Bedford 20-22 May.  Over 3 days you can play games, sip tea (and ...

Lesley Strachan

April 22nd, 2016

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ArtsWatch: Did someone say ELVIS? Next week on ArtsWatch…

Jon House IS Elvis Jones and he IS interviewed by Jim Spring on Monday.  This is 100% Wandsworth project, and you could be part of bringing this highly original comedy film to the big screen.  Listen on Monday 22nd…. If you are into “Razzle Dazzle”, you’ll want to know

Lesley Strachan

February 20th, 2016

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