Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

It’s the final countdown…

It’s the final countdown…

Mike Stead presents the Saturday morning show on Wandsworth Radio and he is SO technologically minded, the obvious thing to do was to line him up with a digital theatre company Baseless Fabric. How does an audience get to hear what a character is thinking as well as what ...

Lesley Strachan

April 29th, 2016

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Shakespeare is 400 years dead this week, the Queen is 90 years old…and we are 2 weeks away from 16 days of 110 events featuring 300 performers at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 6-22 May.

Shakespeare is 400 years dead this week, the Queen is 90 years old…and we are 2 weeks away from 16 days of 110 events featuring 300 performers at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 6-22 May.

And we’ve got a hand-picked selection of them coming into our studio… Dash Arts are visiting Ian Barclay during his show on Monday afternoon to tell him all about their Dash Arts Dacha which will be at the Bedford 20-22 May.  Over 3 days you can play games, sip tea (and ...

Lesley Strachan

April 22nd, 2016

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Just 3 weeks away from the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016

Week 2 of our Wandsworth Arts Festival performers guesting in the studio. On Monday afternoon, Ian Barclay welcomes Andrew Silverwood, Artistic Director of Fragility Theatre who are taking over the Cat’s Back for the duration on the festival.  Spotlight on Tuesday evening ...

Lesley Strachan

April 16th, 2016

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First peek at all things Wandsworth Fringe this week…and MORE!

We start featuring our Wandsworth Arts Festival guests this week. The Wandsworth Fringe runs from 6-22nd May all over the borough and we will be broadcasting live from the Launch Event.  It’s a VIP event so if you want a glimpse behind the scenes – you’ll have to listen into

Lesley Strachan

April 8th, 2016

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ArtsWatch next week comes from Putney, Tooting, Balham…the West End!

ArtsWatch next week comes from Putney, Tooting, Balham…the West End!

Wandsworth is home to Britain’s only gallery dedicated to the political Cartoon. The gallery, in Putney, is currently showcasing 50 years of Daily Telegraph cartoons and also houses some originals of some of the world’s most famous cartoons, dating back as far as

Lesley Strachan

April 3rd, 2016

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ArtsWatch: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Grouch Marx

ArtsWatch: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Grouch Marx

Balham hosts its first literary festival in June at The Bedford. I meet local entrepreneur and book lover, Susie Nicklin and found out why Dulwich Books is holding the festival in SW12 and why its theme is “A Way of Being in the World”. Listen at 6.45pm on Tuesday.   ...

Lesley Strachan

March 24th, 2016

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It’s not a little guitar ok?  ArtsWatch next week…

It’s not a little guitar ok? ArtsWatch next week…

BU21 An optimistic play about hell on earth? What the…! Stuart Slade, local playwright from Putney has written a play set in the aftermath of a plane being shot down over Fulham and what happens next from the viewpoint of six young Londoners. Opening at Theatre503 this week ...

Lesley Strachan

March 18th, 2016

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A classical, supernatural and puppet orientated week on ArtsWatch…

Barnes Music Festival It’s a well-kept secret, but our report Caitlin Benedict has got to the bottom of this music festival in SW13.  Barnes Music Festival runs until 20 March with 27 events across 8 locations involving community groups as well as emerging and established ...

Lesley Strachan

March 13th, 2016

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Madness, Death, Sex and Syria.  Just another week on ArtsWatch.

Madness, Death, Sex and Syria. Just another week on ArtsWatch.

“At the Mountains of Madness” by H.P. Lovecraft at Omnibus in Clapham features in our Monday night ArtsWatch. I met local actor Tim Hardy up at the Edinburgh Festival and am delighted to find him performing closer to home on 17 March in H.P. Lovecraft’s ...

Lesley Strachan

March 4th, 2016

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ArtsWatch next week covers Rossini, Elvis, Frank ‘n’ Furter & Opera at your cocktail table…

ArtsWatch next week covers Rossini, Elvis, Frank ‘n’ Furter & Opera at your cocktail table…

 “It’s bonkers!” At least that’s how the Musical Director, Neil Ferris, describes Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solenelle” down at the Wimbledon Choral Society.  It’s a big date for them on 20th March when they perform this show at the Cadogan Hall.  Jean Sommerville-Rabbit went ...

Lesley Strachan

February 26th, 2016

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