Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

With a woof! Not a whimper!

With a woof! Not a whimper!

The previews are over,the real thing is now live and kicking in Edinburgh until Bank Holiday weekend. Here’s what’s on the agenda for our visit so far but we’d love to get your tips – tweet them to us @ArtsWatch. Bark! the Musical A young Jack Russell pup is searching ...

Lesley Strachan

August 9th, 2018

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Celebrating First Females and a Phoenix From the Flames…

Celebrating First Females and a Phoenix From the Flames…

Anita Corbin grew up in Putney and was a graduate of the Royal College of Art, so when she was considering where best to exhibit her latest work “100 First Women”, where else would she turn to? She’s worked for 10 years to bring this project to its conclusion, and a fine one

Lesley Strachan

July 19th, 2018

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Art Night takeover nearby in Nine Elms…

Art Night takeover nearby in Nine Elms…

Transforming the city for one unforgettable night, Art Night this year starts locally for us in Nine Elms. It’s a bit leading edge, a touch “out there” but have no fear of that because it’s free!  Just to give you a flavour, Ben Judd will present an installation ...

Lesley Strachan

June 29th, 2018

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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 ...

Lesley Strachan

June 1st, 2018

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The Fringe in your front room?

The Fringe in your front room?

We have already welcomed 40 Wandsworth Arts Fringe performers into our studio and on our airwaves so far, with plenty more to come.  On Sunday 13th May, we go a step further and broadcast a live performance of spoken word – an Open Mic Night in fact, from THE ERRANT STAGE in

Lesley Strachan

April 28th, 2018

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Got a brilliant idea? Then get it funded…

Got a brilliant idea? Then get it funded…

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, launched his draft Culture Strategy for London on our very doorstep at Battersea Arts Centre, and of course ArtsWatch was there to cover it for Wandsworth Radio.  As one of the world’s hubs for creativity, 1 in every 6 jobs in London are in ...

Lesley Strachan

March 30th, 2018

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When Rani Meets Raj…

When Rani Meets Raj…

A rom-com with a Bollywood twist opens this month at the TARA ARTS Theatre in Earlsfield.  Lesley Strachan meets Adam Samuel-Bal, the cheeky lead actor of THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHAI.  The play- a modernisation of an 18th century farce- is given an Asian angle by the writer ...

Lesley Strachan

February 28th, 2018

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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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