Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

From Manhattan to Waterloo…

From Manhattan to Waterloo…

Shida has been a run-away success in the USA, and now Jeannette Bayardelle brings her astonishingly powerful performance in this one-woman show to London for just five weeks.  So, if you want to catch it, you’ll have to be quick. Rough times in the Bronx are brought to life ...

Lesley Strachan

September 24th, 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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1996 and All That!

1996 and All That!

What were you doing in 1996? Were you part of the first Pride Afterparty on Clapham Common? Whether you were or weren’t, here’s a fabulous opportunity to join in the ’96 Festival at the Omnibus in Clapham.  Hannah Williams talks to the curator of the festival Marie McCarthy ...

Lesley Strachan

February 6th, 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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August ArtsWatch Arty Blog

August ArtsWatch Arty Blog

August is always about Edinburgh, there’s no denying it. And if your annual leave or your bank balance prevents you making the trip, to be honest, there are plenty of previews happening at all of our local venues. But let’s ensure, those performers choosing to keep the West ...

Lesley Strachan

July 28th, 2017

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Two out of three…?

Two out of three…?

Over 40 years in the making, Jim Steinman’s musical ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ (@BatTheMusical) has finally hit the West End stage. Ian took the words out of the mouths of cast members, Dom Hartley-Harris  and Danielle Steers and you can listen in on Monday. Punts ...

Lesley Strachan

June 10th, 2017

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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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The Ceiling Tour –  a once in a life time opportunity…

The Ceiling Tour – a once in a life time opportunity…

…to be within touching distance of what has been called “the UK’s Sistine Chapel”.  On Monday you can listen into our visit to Ceiling Tour at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.  The restoration scaffolding has made it possible for members of

Lesley Strachan

March 31st, 2017

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If you’ve ever fancied experiencing an art exhibition while in comfy PJ’s holding a cup of tea, you now can.

If you’ve ever fancied experiencing an art exhibition while in comfy PJ’s holding a cup of tea, you now can.

Action Space, an organisation supporting artists with learning difficulties, will give you that chance. South London in a Spin showcases the work of six South London artists and on the 11th February the exhibition goes online.  They use video, sound and image to show each ...

Lesley Strachan

February 12th, 2017

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“It is the unsung hero of opera in Britain…

…an incredible place, staffed by extraordinary people, achieving wonderful things. The unique experience of training at the National Opera Studio is the greatest gift you can give a young singer”.  Lesley Garrett. And what’s more it is at the heart of the Borough of ...

Lesley Strachan

January 29th, 2017

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