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Derek Bishton- ‘Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On’

March 22nd, 2019

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In this podcast James Sandy talks to Derek Bishton about 'Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On' an exhibition presenting original photos taken from a studio on Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham in 1979.

Passers by were invited to take their own photograph, passing them the shutter release so they could control the decisive moment of how to present themselves and when they were ready for the picture to be taken.

More than 500 people stopped by to take part in this ground-breaking ‘Selfie’ project - some alone, some with friends or family, some striking formal poses, others being more playful.

Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon : Handsworth Self Portrait: 40 Years On runs at the Arena Gallery, MAC Birmigham from Saturday 23rd March until Sunday 2nd June 2019. Admission is Free.

There is an Opening Event of the exhibition on Saturday 30th March 2019 and A Talk with Derek Bishton on Sunday 2nd June 2019. For more details visit:
https://macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/handsworth-self-portrait-40-years-on

Instagram: handsworthselfportrait

This podcast was written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production 2019. The interview forms part of the March edition of 'The New Curiosities Box' on Switch Radio (scheduled to broadcast Tuesday 26th March @7pm) 107.5 FM, DAB & Online.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

Image: Stephen aka ‘Steppers’ from Handsworth Self Portrait (1979) © Bishton, Homer & Reardon appears with kind permission and is copyright of the artists. All rights reserved.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Six

March 8th, 2019

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In this show we take on a refreshing new production of Joe Penhall's modern classic 'Blue/Orange' by way of a conversation with director Daniel Bailey and cast member Ivan Oyik as they bring its themes of instituional racism, power play and mental health to Birmingham's Rep.

We speak to Birmingham-born experimental actress and spoken word poet Kate Joyner about performance piece 'The Blood Tales' and its part in re-wiring narratives of women’s moon blood prior to it's London & UK premiere on International Women's Day Friday 8 March 2019.

And we consider a celebration of contemporary plays by African women through a new collection of work from leading female playwrights with Dr Yvette Hutchison from the University of Warwick as our guide.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019 for Switch Radio.

With thanks to:
Daniel Bailey & Ivan Oyik and the team at The Birmingham Rep
MAC Birmingham
M Seven Public Relations
Kate Joyner at Silver Moon Theatre Co.
Yvette Hutchison
The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
University of Warwick

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This programme was first broadcast on 26th February 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

https://www.switchradio.co.uk/jamessandy

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

The Blood Tales: Kate Joyner

March 6th, 2019

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The Blood Tales transports audiences into the mystical landscape of a woman’s blood through the lens of its narrator, a witty, funny and sensual witch who is not afraid to ‘tell it how it is’. The show seeks to dispel the outdated views across the globe of shame, taboo and disgust towards women and their menstrual cycle.

The Blood Tales is presented by Silver Moon Theatre Co. and receives it's London & UK premiere on International Women's Day Friday 8 March 2019.

In this podcast, James Sandy speaks to Birmingham-born experimental actress and spoken word poet Kate Joyner about how The Blood Tales re-wires the shamed based narrative of women’s moon blood into a tale of beauty and empowerment that is both deeply provocative and political in its delivery.

This interview was first broadcast on 26th February 2019 as part of 'The New Curiosities Box' on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019 for Switch Radio.

https://www.switchradio.co.uk/jamessandy

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

Image appears with kind permission.

With thanks to Mandy Rose at M Seven Public Relations.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Five

February 18th, 2019

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In this programme we catch up with longtime friend of the show Birmingham singer songwriter Dan Whitehouse, consider the dream like art of Matthew Krishanu through his exhibition 'The Sun Never Sets' and talk to folk legend Martyn Joseph as he fires out thoughtful tunes once again through his new album 'Here come the young'.

"State of the English" and "Frozen" taken from "Diversions Vol.1" by Dan Whitehouse are copyright Dan Whitehouse 2018 and released in association with Reveal Records and appear with kind permision. All rights are reserved.

"Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Set" runs at First Floor Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham until Sunday 10th March 2019.
For more information on the artist visit: http://www.matthewkrishanu.com/

"Here come the young" and "Loves majority" from the new album "Here come the young" by Martyn Joseph are copyright 2019 Pipe Records and appear with kind permision. All rights are reserved.

'The New Curiosities Box' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

This programme was first broadcast on 30th January 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

All rights are reserved and any artwork/photography reproduced with kind permission.

‘Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Sets’

February 5th, 2019

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In this podcast we consider the art of Matthew Krishanu through his new exhibition 'The Sun Never Sets', which takes inspiration from his childhood spent in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to produce dream-like, reflective paintings.

Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Sets runs at First Floor Gallery, Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham until Sunday 10th March 2019. Admission is Free.

For more venue information contact Box Office & Enquiries on 0121 446 3232 or visit: www.macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/the-sun-never-sets

For more information on the artist visit: http://www.matthewkrishanu.com/

'Matthew Krishanu: The Sun Never Sets- A podcast' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.This podcast was compiled from a section of 'The New Curiosities Box' programme which was first broadcast on 30th January 2019 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

All rights are reserved and artwork/photograph reproduced with kind permission.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Four

January 4th, 2019

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In this Boxing Day slice of arts & culture we catch up with cast members from Sleeping Beauty at The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, consider some unfinished monkey business ten years on with Aziz Ibrihim & Inder Goldfinger and get a festive dream come true with Birmingham comedian Andy White.

With thanks to:

The Belgrade Theatre- Coventry, Viki Field & Declan Wilson, MAC Birmingham, 448 Creative, Aziz Ibrihim & Inder Goldfinger and Andy White.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 26th December 2018 (oh yes it was!) on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018.

 

Documentary special: ‘Finding Joy’ by Vamos Theatre

January 4th, 2019

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In this special documentary I speak to some of the creative forces, staff, actors and partners behind 'Finding Joy' an award winning production by Vamos Theatre.

Finding Joy explores dementia through full mask theatre, taking a fearless, funny and wordless approach to very human situations.

Finding Joy was first performed in 2013 and has been seen by more than 23,000 people at over 200 performnaces. It will continue its tour across the world in 2019.

'Finding Joy' is made by Vamos Theatre in associaiton with The Hereford Courtyard and JABADAO. It is funded by Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council and supported by Gary Wiltshire. Finding Joy's 2018 tour is part of the British Council's UK/Germany programme.

For more information on Vamos Theatre go to: www.vamostheatre.co.uk

Original music was composed for Vamos Theatre by Janie Armour and appears with kind permission. All rights are reserved 2018.

My thanks to:

Rachel Savage

James Greaves & Sarah Nelson

The players and team at Vamos Theatre

Artrix Bromsgrove

Josefa MacKinnon & Michael Chakraverty

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Stratford

Mandy Rose at M7 PR

'Finding Joy: A documentary' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018 for 107.5 Switch Radio.

This programme was first broadcast on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

 

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Three

December 11th, 2018

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For this November instalment we talk to Birmingham Comedy Festival 2018's Breaking Talent Award winner Laura Monmoth. There's a wonderous musical interlude from earthy purveyors of the post-punk narrative The Courtesy Group and a reflective, thoughtful exploration of dementia through mask theatre with the Vamos production of 'Finding Joy'.

With thanks to:
Vamos Theatre, Artrix Bromsgrove, Laura Monmoth, MAC Birmingham,The Courtesy Group, The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Stratford, 448 Creative and M7 PR.

"The Heart Hogger"(excerpt), "Back Out The Fuss" and "In the Rock On The Rock" by The Courtsey Group are copyright controlled by C&P Ma Doocey 2018 MaDia and are taken from the album "2nd City Liquor".Tracks appear with kind permission and all rights are reserved.

'Finding Joy' is made by Vamos Theatre in associaiton with The Hereford Courtyard and JABADAO. It is funded by Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council and supported by Gary Wiltshire. Orginal music was composed for Vamos Theatre by Janie Armour and appears with kind permission. All rights are reserved 2018.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 28th November 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty Two

December 1st, 2018

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In this show we step 'Into the Shadows' by way of Poly Braden's current photo exhibition exploring the untold stories of those with autism and learning disabilities, we make it all up with some of the players from the Birmingham Improv Festival 2018 and catch up with playwright David Edgar as he's 'Trying it on' in his new stage performance at the MAC.

And...not a pumpkin in sight!

With thanks to:
Polly Braden & Becky Sexton, Multi-story, Jon Trevor & The Players at Birmingham Comedy Festival, David Edgar, Mobious Industries, 448 Creative, M7 PR and MAC Birmingham.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music used in the radio show does not feature in the podcast version. Check out the spotify playlist on the blog to hear the tracks.

Title music: 'Café connection'(excerpt) by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 31st October 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

The New Curiosities Box is written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018.

Birmingham Improv Festival 2018

October 23rd, 2018

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The Festival is celebrating its 3rd birthday in the city and has grown year on year from a weekend event in 2016 to 9 days of performances this year! A great endorsement reflecting the growing popularity of the Improvisation.

Troupes and performers from New York, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Bristol and more will be descending on the city for 9 days of comedy, fun and a bit of madness!

In this podcast I speak to JP, Kate and Jon about the forthcoming festival shows, workshops and activities.

For full listings and to book tickets go to www.birminghamimprovfestival.com/

Twitter: @bhamimprovfest
Facebook: fb.me/Brumprov
Instagram: Birmingham Improv Festival
Hashtag: #Brumprov2018

This podcast is taken from the forthcoming episode of The New Curiosities Box (31.10.18) and was produced by James Sandy for Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online. A King of the Buttons Production 2018 with thanks to M7 Public Relations.