Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Twenty Theatres to see Before You Die…

Twenty Theatres to see Before You Die…

Have you made your list?  Amber Massie-Blomfield has, and it includes our very own Battersea Arts Centre. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, she calls her book a love letter to Britain’s theatres.  Listen into Lesley’s chat with her at BAC.


The World premiere of At Home in Gaza and London follows the lives of people living in two locations separated by great political, economic and physical divides. Using an innovative mix of live-streaming and recorded video, performers in London and Gaza are brought together in a single performance space. They occupy each other’s homes, streets and other social spaces, sharing their everyday behaviour and concerns, as they dissolve into each other or become ghostly protagonists in the drama. Steve brings us a great interview with this ground-breaking team from Station House Opera.

When Lesley met Jim Grover on the fourth day of his exhibition “Windrush: Portrait of a Generation”, he had already welcomed 4000 visitors through his doors.  He started this project long before the recent controversy, but this exhibition would have delighted visitors without that. Both moving and humorous, it’s living history and it’s about people on our doorstep.


DJ Dolly Mix meets James Lascelles of the James Lascelles Quartet.  They are currently on tour throughout the summer promoting their well-received album Glasshouses – an eclectic mix of world, jazz, funk, reggae-tinged grooves!  James most famously co-founded the Global Village Trucking Company (affectionately known to their fans as ‘The Glob’s!) back in the early 70’s, and is also part of Steve Harley’s Cockney Rebel backing band. Find out more about James’s illustrious career in this interview, which shows no signs of slowing down!


ArtsWatch airs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday just after the 6.30pm headlines.  This is just a little taster of April’s schedule for arts and culture news in Wandsworth and neighbouring boroughs.

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June 1st, 2018

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