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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.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty One

October 10th, 2018

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In this show we explore the modern crime thriller with Birmingham focused author AA Abbott as she unleashes the latest in her Trail series, we get behind a reinvigoration of some lost Tony Hancock scripts by way of stage show 'Vacant Lot' and debate life, Northfield and crisps with local stand up star Lindsey Santoro prior to her Birmingham Comedy Festival 2018 show. There's also some inspiring new events and music to keep you going through the season.

With thanks to:
AA Abbot, Birmingham Comedy Festival, Richard Usher, Mark Earby & The players of "Vacant Lot: The Missing Hancocks", Stourbridge Town Hall, Lindsey Santoro, 448 Creative, M7 PR and MAC Birmingham.

James Hurn as 'Tony Hancock' (excerpt) appears by kind permission.

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 September 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.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Twenty

September 13th, 2018

NCB20.jpegIt's show 20 and we delve into the stacks as I clear the fluff from a recent record fayre at MAC Birmingham, we catch up with the genre splicing wonder of Brum based band PRAM, get sent to Coventry for an innovative theatre performance "Meet Me in the Ruins" playing in the grounds of Coventry Cathedral, as well as some upcoming comedy events and new music.

With thanks to:
VIP Record Fairs, Sam & Max of PRAM, Domino Records, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Nick Walker, Coventry Cathedral, 448 Creative, Infectious 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 29th August 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.

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MAC Makes Music: Switch 2

August 14th, 2018

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We return for a catch up with MAC's resident band Switch as they prepare for their 'Switch Sunset' Gig at in the MAC Arena. There's interviews with the band, back stage recordings and exclusive live performances.

With thanks to:
Switch, The Warriors, Dan Whitehouse, Holly Radford, Youth Music and all at MAC Birmingham.

Switch and the 'MAC Makes Music' project are supported by Youth Music and are part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The work has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. For more information go to youthmusic.org.uk

'Switch 2' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018 for Midlands Arts Centre.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Nineteen

August 14th, 2018

NCB_JS.jpegIn July's second outing we reflect on the life and work of enigmatic songwriter Nick Drake through Tanworth in Arden's annual celebratory gathering, we go back to the show's roots as we catch up with Switch prior to the band's sunset performance at the MAC and there's time for murder by way of Graeme Rose's innovative theatre piece 'Fred Jeffs: The Sweetshop Murder'.

With thanks to:
Switch (The band), The Warriors, Dan Whitehouse, Holly Radford, Youth Music and all at MAC Birmingham.

Graeme Rose, The Rep Birmingham and staff at Thimblemill Librbary.

Phillip Littleford, Peter Rice & all at The Nick Drake Gathering 2018.

Switch and the 'MAC Makes Music' project are part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The work has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England

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 25th July 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.

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The New Curiosities Box: BE Festival 2018 Special

July 25th, 2018

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In this special show from this year's BE Festival 2018 we catch a glimpse of the City's annual celebration of arts, performance, theatre and dance as it reflects the soul of Europe in the heart of Birmingham. I quiz Kulu Orr on his mastery of gadgets and sound through performance piece 'Control Freak', seek comfort from the edges of danger as I explore the art of taking care of yourself with Marc Oosterhoff and gaze at the one-man- all audience musical threatrical spectacular that is Paul O'Donnell's 'We've got each other'.

BE Festival 2018 is produced by The Brimigham Repertory Theatre annually in July and is an innovative programme of theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual, performing arts, workshops and backstage events. BE Festival is supported by Arts Council England, the Jerwood Charitable Trust and a number of European embassies and cultural institutes- For more information go to befestival.org

With thanks to:

Cie.Kirkas- Kulu Orr 'Control Freak', Cie. Moost- Marc Oosterhoff 'Take Care of Yourself', Paul O'Donnell 'We've Got Each Other', Catherine Butler and the Team at The Rep Birmingham and those brave enough to talk to me at that Bar backstage.

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' by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 18th July 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.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Seventeen

July 17th, 2018

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In this show we speak to up and coming singer songwriter Eileen Quigley as she lauches her new EP 'Jumpers for Goalposts', we gaze into the past through the For-wards project's 'Iris' as it adds mood to Erdington and we say goodbye to one of Birmingham's oldest markets through the immersive arts experience 'Everyting Must Go'.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 27th June 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.

With thanks to Friction Arts, For-wards, Eileen Quiqley, M7 PR and 448 Creative.

'Jumpers for Goalposts', Artificial Flowers' and 'Soundtrack of Life' by Eileen Quigley appear with kind permission. All rights are reserved.

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

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Sixteen

June 13th, 2018

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In this show we speak to Andrew Jackson about his Windrush inspired exhibition of photography 'From a small island' as it opens at MAC Birmingham, mingle with the crowd and get their take on its fresh perspective, we speak to some of the team behind The Rep's current production of 'Our Country's Good' and ramp up for the musically charged 'For-wards' project as it builds to a crescendo!

Thanks to Andrew Jackson, MAC Birmingham, Bobbie Jane-Gardener & the For-Wards Project, Simon Startin, Keiren Hamilton-Amos, The Rep Birmingham, 448 Creative and M7 Public Relations and all those willing folks who attended the exhbitions opening night.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 30th May 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.

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' by morgantj (c) copyright 2009 and licensed under creative commons.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Fifteen

April 29th, 2018

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In this show we meet guitar master and multi-platform experimenter Aziz Ibrahim as he takes it to another level through his Project 70: Asian Blues, we get funny and chase the jokes (and audiences) with Comedy Carousel host Andy Robinson and we stretch to the far corners of the box as we speak to Melbourne duo Sÿde about their brightly low-fi sound all the way from sunny Australia.

"Middle Road"(Ibrahim) by Aziz Ibrahim from the Album 'Lahore to Longsight' is copyright 2001 (Indus Records) and appears with kind permission.

"Above the Clouds" (Stephens/Hyde) by Sÿde (Featuring Olivia Reid) and "Orbit" by Sÿde (featuring Ashe) are copyright 2017 (Dew Process Records/Universal) and appear with kind permission. 

All rights are reserved and observed.

Thanks to Aziz Ibrahim, MAC Birmingham, Andy Robinson, The Glee Club Birmingham, 448 Creative, Will & Mitch of Sÿde, Infectous PR and Lucky Ent.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 25th April 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.

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.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Fourteen

April 3rd, 2018

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In this show we come over all choral as I catch up with the Birmingham Bach Choir, explore the bravely creative by way of stand-up comedian Lou Conran and talk Debut Album with local singer-songwriter Danielle Cawdell.

An excerpt of thier live recording 'Come Lord Jesus' and 'Finale' appear courtesy of the Birmingham Bach Choir and by kind permission.

'Future Gazing' and 'Silence' by Danielle Cawdell are taken from her debut album 'Silence Set Me Free' (Cawdell), Copyright 2018 Reveal Records. These tracks appear in this podcast version with the permission of the artist and all rights are reserved.

Thanks to Claire Cowley, Lou Conran, Danielle Cawdell, Dan Whitehouse, the Birmingham Bach Choir, MAC Birmingham and 448 Creative

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 28th March 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.

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.

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