Robert Perry


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London based writer. Experience covering the arts, culture, politics and history

Tish Murtha

The life's work of Tish Murtha only fully emerged posthumously, yet has won significant public recognition and encapsulated the zeitgeist of two eras. Upon the documentary photographer's untimely death aged 56, her archive of social portraits depicting the Thatcherite north east gathered dust, having only ever gained fleeting exposure.

Explore Cao Fei's physical and virtual worlds as Blueprints opens at Serpentine Galleries

Is there a contemporary artist more entwined with their national story? Born in 1978, Cao Fei grew up in parallel with China's technological and consumerist opening-up, and leads her generation's artistic response. Working across photography, video and digital media, Fei considers the complexities of modernity and themes such as mechanisation and cyber identity that have been pushed into the global consciousness by her country's rapid growth.

South West Londoner
Ovalhouse Theatre's Demolition Season will bring the house down ahead of Brixton move

By Robert Perry October 12 2019, 13.15 Follow @SW_Londoner Performers at Ovalhouse theatre will quite literally bring the house down during a final series of destructive shows calling time on its Kennington home. Demolition Season runs to November 30 and contains four productions, each a collaboration between theatre makers and structural engineers that destroy different aspects of the building.

All aboard at St Katherine Docks for ‘bigger than ever’ Classic Boat Festival

St Katherine Docks in east London hosts the Classic Boat Festival this weekend. Visitors can explore over 40 vintage vessels including a number of the remarkable Dunkirk Little Ships that rescued allied soldiers during World War 2. Now in its 11th year, organisers have said 2019’s festival is bigger than ever and with street food, live music, river tours and treasure hunts on offer, there really is something for everyone.

South West Londoner
Theatre adaptation of Sarah Waters' The Night Watch will reveal hidden people of 1940s

The Brixton-born star of a play coming to south west London says audiences should expect an alternative World War Two narrative. Actor Sam Jenkins-Shaw (pictured above) will appear in The Night Watch, which starts a national tour on August 22 including November performances at Richmond Theatre and Croydon Playhouse.

South West Londoner
'Try to be something you're not and you'll fail' - Masterchef's Brodie Williams opens Brixton cafe

By Robert Perry September 25 2019, 19.45 Follow @SW_Londoner A MasterChef semi-finalist has realised his dream by opening a new café in Brixton that combines his passions for cooking and design. After competing on the BBC TV show in 2017 Brodie Williams, 29, left his career in architecture behind and in July launched Annapurna café, on Loughborough Road.

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Inside Extinction Rebellion Lambeth

Last week's occupation of Waterloo Bridge and the demonstration at Shell Centre has made Lambeth a key site for Extinction Rebellion's (XR) civil disobedience programme. The group's 'international rebellion' launched on 15 April in an attempt to make the government act on climate change with sit-ins, protests and marches occurring throughout London.

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