Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

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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“No Petticoats Here…”

“No Petticoats Here…”

We can expect to see a lot of Suffragette imagery over the next 12 months; 2018 marks the centenary of some women over 30 and all men over 21 getting the Vote in February 1918. Suffragette militancy and personal sacrifice were vital to gaining headlines and getting publicity

Lesley Strachan

January 1st, 2018

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Cinderella will go to the Strictly Ball – oh yes she will!

Cinderella will go to the Strictly Ball – oh yes she will!

No longer content with just reporting our local arts and culture, we are now contributing to it ourselves. We don’t want to hog the blog – so take a look at other parts of our homepage to get the details of how to come and watch a live recording of “Cinderella in ...

Lesley Strachan

December 1st, 2017

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WoW Mum’s of Wandsworth! Happy 10th Anniversary…

WoW Mum’s of Wandsworth! Happy 10th Anniversary…

Women of Wandsworth, WoW Mums, are a group of mothers in Wandsworth who seek out new ways of educating and entertaining their children within the community. Three years ago, it was an art exhibition called MOVE.  It was also one of our first ArtsWatch pieces! This exhibition

Lesley Strachan

November 4th, 2017

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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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The London Russian Ballet School (LRBS) is right on our doorstep – there it is en pointe in Clapham!

The London Russian Ballet School (LRBS) is right on our doorstep – there it is en pointe in Clapham!

In collaboration with leading principals from the BOLSHOI BALLET they present ROMANTIC REVOLUTION on 18th September at the London Palladium.  Listen to our lovely chat with two students from LRBS, Marianne Allen and Kamila Sizinceva, about what this means to them and how ...

Lesley Strachan

September 3rd, 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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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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