Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

“Take the time to walk a mile in her mocassins”

OK, a slight misquote for the purists.  It just seems apt this week.

If you can see things from someone else’s point of view, then you can go on to act compassionately towards them, and here the arts have a lot to say…

 Mental health is much in the news these days, so an innovative new play “Hearing Things” tackling the subject from both patient and clinician point of views seems pretty timely.  On Monday I speak to Jim Pope about the play he appears in as well as directs at the Omnibus in Clapham until 4 February.

The Sound Lounge opening in Tooting is causing something of a stir in the music scene.  Lucky for us this great new venue is on our door step and its first gig is free entry.  Damien went to visit them, the site being built around him as he spoke.  Listen in on Tuesday.

American arts have dealt a blow with a suggestion the Government funding is likely to be pulled under Donald Trump’s presidency.  What’s an American to do?  Come over here perhaps?  Ian speaks to Keith Stevens on Wednesday about his cult play “Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road” which is playing at the White Bear in Kennington until 4 February.

One of our reporters Louise, stumbled across this unusual exhibition on at the Wimbledon Space called Korea Town.  She’s an arts lover so she popped in, and of course couldn’t resist an interview with the curator Richard Layzell.  Did you know where the largest Korean community is outside Korea itself?  Find out by listening on Thursday. 

On Sunday 23 January, you can listen to the best bit of the past two weeks of ArtsWatch by tuning in at 6pm to ArtsWatch Replay.

ArtsWatch airs Monday-Thursday after the 6.30pm news.  If you have something you want us to cover, please drop me a line

January 23rd, 2017

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