Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Sooty, Sweep & … who?

There was a sexed up dossier long before the Blair years – it has held secret the 1960s controversy about introducing a female puppet, Sue, in the puppet show Sooty & Sweep.  It’s always the woman’s fault isn’t it…but on to another threesome… Imagine you let a woman stay

Lesley Strachan

September 30th, 2016

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What will Mary do next?

Well, there’s always panto… …and it’s almost that time again (Oh no it isn’t!) and Ian has been along to Richmond Theatre to meet the stars of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ – Maureen Lipman and Chris Jarvis. Find out what Maureen got up to with a pogo

Lesley Strachan

September 23rd, 2016

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A love letter from Paradise…

…arrives at Tara Arts Theatre this week. We took you on a tour of the beautiful new building in the summer with their charismatic Artistic Director, Jatinder Verma; we had a lovely discussion with Anthony Clark, the writer and director of the opening play ...

Lesley Strachan

September 17th, 2016

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What happens in Rock Choir, stays in Rock Choir…even in Balham.

Join me in finding out what Rock Choir is all about.  Who will be Balham’s own Gareth Malone?  Rock Choir are coming to Balham and you can try a free taster session on Monday 19th September.  Tune in at 6.30pm on Monday to find out how.       We love ...

Lesley Strachan

September 9th, 2016

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Tara Arts Theatre “holds a special place” in Sadiq Khan’s heart…

Tara Arts Theatre “holds a special place” in Sadiq Khan’s heart…

…and there’s no arguing with that.  I may have mentioned it once or twice already. The UK’s only theatre led by BAME artists opened in Wandsworth this month. The TARA Theatre in Earlsfield showered petals upon VIP guests including the Mayor of Wandsworth and ...

Lesley Strachan

September 2nd, 2016

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Ch-ch-ch-changes…

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

From next week, you can now catch our reports Monday-Thursday after the 6.30pm news headlines. But what about our tea? Well, that’s just how committed we are.  Here’s the line-up for next week… Did you go along to see Rotterdam when it opened at Theatre503 last ...

Lesley Strachan

August 19th, 2016

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Och aye the noo! It’s not all about Edinburgh in August…

…there is still plenty going on in Wandsworth in August.  Listen in to ArtsWatch Monday- Thursday at 6.45pm to hear the latest arts and culture news. Lifting the lid on an immigrant family in a post-Brexit country, ‘Screens’ at Theatre 503 couldn’t be

Lesley Strachan

August 14th, 2016

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Flash, bang, wallop, crash – what a picture! What a Balham photograph!

Flash, bang, wallop, crash – what a picture! What a Balham photograph!

Submit your photos for the My Balham & Tooting 2016 photographic competition to take part in a local living history competition.  Judged by local photographers, the winners’ work will form an exhibition at Balham Library and be part of a living history photo book.  There

Lesley Strachan

August 5th, 2016

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Harry Potter has opened in the West End this week to rave reviews…

But as you won’t be able to get a ticket for less than £100 or in the next 12 months, turn your gaze more locally! Local theatre, local prices. We’ll point you in the right direction in next week’s ArtsWatch schedule… Imagine a dark version of the dating show ‘Take Me ...

Lesley Strachan

July 30th, 2016

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It’s a win-win for local theatre-goers!

It’s a win-win for local theatre-goers!

Local fringe venues Theatre N16 in Balham and Lost Theatre in Wandsworth Road have made it on to the shortlist of 3 to run the new theatre in Streatham. Streatham Hill Theatre is expected to open the doors to its 120 seat auditorium in December 2017.  The theatre will be ...

Lesley Strachan

July 22nd, 2016

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