Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Let the West End come to Wandsworth…

Sohm Kapila of Bend it Like Beckham and Britain’s Got Bhangra takes the lead role of Jack at Tara Art’s Theatre Christmas Show, “Bollywood Jack”. Sohm speaks to us on Monday’s ArtsWatch and gives us a little snippet of how the worlds of Panto and Bollywood collide in a ...

Lesley Strachan

December 10th, 2016

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And all that jazz…

And all that jazz…

Our newest Arts Reporter, Damien Thill, went to the Streets London Jazz festival happening at the Trafalgar Arms in Tooting Broadway to soak up some quality live music. Out of the different bands performing Damien spoke to the local group the Squelch Quartet, as well as the ...

Lesley Strachan

December 3rd, 2016

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Photography & music, panto pot-pouri, hip-hop at the theatre and a good old-fashioned BOOK!

On Monday, Chris talks music photography with Martin Petty and a host of his musical collaborators, ahead of their unique gig ‘The Art of the Music’ on 7 December.     ‘Those infinitely inventive funsters, yes funsters … Sleeping Trees are back at Theatre 503

Lesley Strachan

November 25th, 2016

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When is library, not a library? When it’s a theatre of course!

Last week we featured Omnibus who had started as a library and now has won the Peter Brook Award as performance space.  This week we take a look at two new entrepreneurial theatre companies bringing their work to Wimbledon Library and the new Clapham Library. With theatres ...

Lesley Strachan

November 19th, 2016

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Once upon a time, it was a library…

Once upon a time, it was a library…

Now it is a bustling hive of artistic endeavour which has now got some well-deserved public recognition. Omnibus in Clapham Common has just won The Peter Brook/Royal Court Theatre Support Award.  The award gives them one year’s worth of professional expertise from Vicky ...

Lesley Strachan

November 12th, 2016

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Choral & cake!

Singing bakers meet every Monday to rehearse for their concert coming up 19 November at St. Leonard’s Church in Streatham, “Back to Bach”.  Actually you don’t need to do the baking, just the singing and they are open for new members.  On Monday we meet Streatham Choral and ...

Lesley Strachan

November 4th, 2016

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The Boy is Back in Town…

The Boy is Back in Town…

Not everyone will have heard of Phil Lynott, but you will have heard his songs.  Our 80s expert tells us more later in the week…     A coming of age tale about consent and belonging – Glitter Punch is the second play from Lucy Burke and her theatre company ...

Lesley Strachan

October 29th, 2016

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“Come in.  Sit Down.  Explore.”

“Come in. Sit Down. Explore.”

This is Seth Kriebel’s invitation to join him in “A House Repeated” at Battersea Arts Centre.  If you have ever wanted to explore the nooks and crannies of this beloved venue…you can do it now, without leaving your theatre seat.  In traverse, the audience become team ...

Lesley Strachan

October 22nd, 2016

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Will there be ‘hell toupée’ if the Americans elect President Trump?

Will there be ‘hell toupée’ if the Americans elect President Trump?

Jean went along to check out a new exhibition at the Political Cartoon Gallery in Putney – featuring Donald Trump.  Tune in on Monday to hear her interview with gallery owner Tim Benson.   Eeny, meeny, miney, mo…how will choose your pantomime this year? See West ...

Lesley Strachan

October 15th, 2016

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Bored with the Bard?

What on earth connects Shakespeare, the Clangers and the 1980s cartoon series ‘Thundercats’? You’ll have to see ‘Undead Bard’ at Theatre N16 for the answer. On Monday’s programme, Ian finds out more from the man behind the inspired lunacy,

Lesley Strachan

October 7th, 2016

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