Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

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 NIGEL PLANER.  This sounds a riot, and –  important to know – if you have a SW postcode, discounted tickets are available.

Rut Blees Luxembourg has just been appointed as Artist in Residence at the ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART. Amy Harrison meets her to find out how she intends, over the next four years, to follow the transformation of the Battersea South campus from construction site through to inhabited workshops, studios and research spaces.

The Bedford celebrates International Women’s Day with an all-female line up hosted by ALICE LUND.  Our very own DJ Dollymix got down there to chat to some of the performers from the line up Hannah Jackson, Katy Hurt, Hope and – well known to us- Coffeepot Drive.

Tom King goes behind the scenes of a new play DERAILED at Oval House, Kennington. He spoke to Patricia Rodríguez and Mercè Ribot – directors of Little Soldier productions and performers in ‘Derailed’ – about what inspired them to host a Brexit leaving party that begins with punk and Prosecco and builds into a touching and comical reminiscence of twelve years spent living, working and performing in the UK. We’re told Tom takes to the stage as well, but sadly no photographic evidence has emerged as yet.

Spare Tyre launch a new series of video portraits exploring identity and body image. This exhibition MOVING PORTRAITS brings together the results of all 10 workshops held across London following a theme of identity and representation in a project working with people with learning disabilities, older people and children.

There’s a new comedy female web-series about to launch and Michelle King meets up with the new writers and performers of T*TS UP who are all Wandsworth women filming on location in our borough. (Think Fleabag, and you’ll be on the right track.)

If you’ve never experience a pub in rural Ireland, the next best thing can, surprisingly, be found in Richmond.  The WEIR is at Richmond Theatre and Ian Barclay joins the craic behind the scenes.


ArtsWatch airs Monday, Tuesday and Thursday just after the 6.30pm headlines.  This is just a little taster of March’s schedule for arts and culture news in Wandsworth and neighbouring boroughs.

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February 28th, 2018

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