Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

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 few of the interviews you can listen in to this month.

Gecko, the multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed theatre company, were mid-way through their run of Missing in 2015, when Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall was destroyed by fire, consuming their set, props and costumes. They return to complete the run of their visually stunning piece in the first UK performances since the fire this September. Known for its physicality, Gecko lures you into a deliciously warped world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music.

Adam is an amazing story about a young Egyptian trans man’s journey, given added poignancy and resonance as Adam Kashmiry plays himself and features a 120 strong digital trans choirs from across the globe. Listen to our interview with Adam and see it at BAC this month before it makes its US debut in New York.

Lorca’s classic tragedy Blood Wedding is on at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham. Told in a bold physical style with original live music and movement, the setting may have changed to modern day London in this adaptation by George Richmond-Scott, but the poetry and passion still feature at its core. George tells us more.

Caterpillar is a darkly funny, searing and tender drama about when we find ourselves standing on the edge, do we dare to step off? It also happens to be set with the annual “Birdman” competition is in full swing in a faded seaside town. A finalist in the prestigious Theatre503 Playwriting Award, this is the world premiere of Caterpillar at Theatre503 in Battersea.

At Tara Arts Theatre in Earlsfield, a play called Eastern Star, brings to the stage an intriguing story. In summer 1988, young BBC World Service reporter Christopher Gunness found himself at the centre of Myanmar’s ‘Students’ Revolution.  Thousands were murdered, he was thrown out of the country and went on to find professional success.  His source of information and architect of the revolution, U Nay Min, was imprisoned and tortured. Decades later they meet but despite their former friendship it’s a difficult and painful encounter, fraught with guilt and recrimination.

Two shows are starting their UK tours at the New Wimbledon Theatre. With playful humour and lots of roars, How to Hide a Lion tells the heart-warming story of Iris, a little girl who develops an unexpected friendship with a lion. When the lion is chased out of town, Iris helps him to find somewhere to hide. We interview the writer and director Peter Glanville.

We also get to meet Richard Winsor the star of the all new Saturday Night Fever. His first job out of college was with the Matthew Bourne’s company so we can expect some great moves.  This production can’t be anything but big, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the film’s release. While it pays homage to the John Travolta classic, it also promises more drama and more music…and we hope dancing in the aisles to those Bee Gee’s classics is allowed.  Just stop us!

ArtsWatch airs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday just after the 6.30pm headlines. 

This is just a little taster of this month’s schedule for arts and culture news in Wandsworth and neighbouring boroughs.

If you have something you think we should cover, contact me



August 24th, 2018

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