Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh once lived in Brixton?

Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh once lived in Brixton?

We visit 87 Hackford Road, the house where he lived in Brixton, and speak with Livia Wang, the Architect and Curator who has overseen the renovation of the property since it was acquired by her family in 2012. Livia talks about Van Gogh’s time in London and how the major ...

Lesley Strachan

February 9th, 2020

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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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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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You wait all month for Ivan to arrive…and then two come along at once.

“Ivan” at Tara Arts Theatre in Earlsfield is a one-man physical comedy, written and performed by Scott Sparrow, which takes the audience on a fantastical odyssey. “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”, adapted for Attic Theatre from the Tolstoy work, explores the question, if you were ...

Lesley Strachan

September 30th, 2017

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Jump aboard – Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017 is about take off!

Jump aboard – Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017 is about take off!

We’ll be at the official launch party of #WAF2017 on Friday, but in fact, we’ve already been beavering away. We will start featuring some of the artists, performers, dancers and comedians who will be in our borough for WAF, this coming week. On Tuesday, Chris finds out about

Lesley Strachan

April 29th, 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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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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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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“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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Sooty, Sweep & … who?

There was a sexed up dossier long before the Blair years – it has held secret the 1960s controversy about introducing a female puppet, Sue, in the puppet show Sooty & Sweep.  It’s always the woman’s fault isn’t it…but on to another threesome… Imagine you let a woman stay

Lesley Strachan

September 30th, 2016

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