Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

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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Happy, Healthy, Home?

Happy, Healthy, Home?

So much bigger than last year, this is the second year for the Balham Literary Festival held at the Bedford Pub. On Monday, we speak to Jenny Landreth an avid swimmer at Tooting Lido and author of “Swell: A Water Biography.” Part autobiography and part history of, amongst ...

Lesley Strachan

June 2nd, 2017

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Nobody returns the same from Singing With Nightingales…

Nobody returns the same from Singing With Nightingales…

Beatrice Harrison was a BBC sensation back in the 1920s with her duets with nightingales.  Sam Lee brings this bang up to date and right in the middle of our borough with his Singing with Nightingales, a nocturnal concert, held at the Battersea Arts Centre.  Bev brings us ...

Lesley Strachan

May 26th, 2017

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Asif Khan is on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017…

Asif Khan is on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017…

…and his new play “Combustion” has its world premier at the Tara Arts Theatre in Earlsfield.  Ian’s interview on Monday night’s ArtsWatch will tell you a little bit more about this play about young Bradford Muslim lives in Bradford.   There’s no ArtsWatch on ...

Lesley Strachan

May 20th, 2017

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The tenor voice of the cello, splits the stage between the two female protagonists…

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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There’s more than one Circus coming to our town during Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017!

There’s more than one Circus coming to our town during Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2017!

Tooting and Hidden Heathbrook are your circus destinations! Take a look at who were are featuring this week from the Fringe on ArtsWatch as well as other live shows on Wandsworth Radio. On Monday, Chris finds out about The Performance.  If you’ve ever wondered what silent ...

Lesley Strachan

May 6th, 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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One book set in the future, one book set in the past – yet both authors catching something of the zeitgeist…how?

One book set in the future, one book set in the past – yet both authors catching something of the zeitgeist…how?

On Monday night’s ArtsWatch, we meet up with Balham author, Joe Treasure, who has just published his third novel “ The Book of Air”. Set in a dystopian future where an isolated community runs its life according to the one book they have to refer to, “Jane Eyre.”   ...

Lesley Strachan

April 22nd, 2017

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#WAF2017 – you don’t need Edinburgh, Brighton or Camden when you’ve got the Wandsworth Arts Fringe on your front door 5-21 May!

#WAF2017 – you don’t need Edinburgh, Brighton or Camden when you’ve got the Wandsworth Arts Fringe on your front door 5-21 May!

We’ll be bringing you pre-reviews, reviews and interviews from local and international performers who have come from far and wide do participate in WAF2017.  Listen out from the first week in May. But let’s not forget the next few days! ArtsWatch has a bit of a rest on Bank ...

Lesley Strachan

April 18th, 2017

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