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The Vox Office: One

June 9th, 2020

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A series of roundtable discussions recorded online to look at the issues facing the arts & culture sector in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

In this first edition we focus on Theatre with Andy Watson, CEO, Geese Theatre Company, Claire Morton, Executive Producer, Vamos Theatre and Richard Hayhow, Director, Open Theatre.

Written & Presented by James Sandy, Facilitated & Directed by Mandy Rose.

The Vox Office is a King of the Buttons and M7 PR Co-Prodcution for Switch Radio 2020.

Title Music (Excerpt) Closed on Sundays by Mana Junkie (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/mana_junkie/61329 Ft: gurdonark

Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos and the Monaco Bank Heist: Part One

May 26th, 2020

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Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos and the Monaco Bank Heist.
An Unfinished Memoir by Matthew Osborne.

The first instalment of Matthew Osborne's road tour memoir mapping his time with Johnny Kowalski and The Sexy Weirdos.

Read by the author and produced by James Sandy.

A King of the Buttons Production for Switch Radio and originally featured in The Unseen Swerve 7th April 2020.

Tracks from Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos New Album 'Until the Day' appear with kind permission. All rights are reserved and more info can be found at:https://sexyweirdos.bandcamp.com/

All rights reserved.

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Six

February 29th, 2020

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In this festive show we take an extended look at Peter Pan re-imagined at The Rep Birmingham. As well as conversation with the cast we have exclusive music from the show's composer Asaf Zohar. We aslo conclude our series of interviews from Grand Union with a throught provoking exploration of the work of sonic artist Sahjan Kooner.

'Pirate Song', Song for Peter' and 'Wendy House Rap' composed by Asaf Zohar for Peter Pan Reimagined, copyright 2019 and reproduced with exlcusive license.

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

This show was first broadcast on 30th December 2019 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.

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

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Five

February 29th, 2020

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In this show we quiz Birmingham born actor James Steventon about his role and whereabouts in the Lichfield Garrick yuletide offering- 'A Christmas Carol Casebook: Away in a Danger', we throw clay and pots at Grand Union's Modern Clay and catch up for coffee with French Comedian Ceyla AB.

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

This show was first broadcast on 26th November 2019 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.

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

 

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Four

February 29th, 2020

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In this show we have the first in our series of interviews with the creative talents of Digbeth's Grand Union, we explore musical fusion by way of Nifeco Costa & Surge Orchestra (part of Celebrating Sanctuary 2019) and there's some funny business ahead of Birmingham Comedy Festival 2019 with local duo Good Kids.

Nfeco Costa & The Surge Orchestra excerpts from live concert and rehersal sessions appear courtesy of Nifeco Costa, Surge Orchestra & Sid Peacock, all rights reserved.

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

This show was first broadcast on 24th September 2019 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.

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

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty Three

February 29th, 2020

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In this show we have the first in our series of interviews with the creative talents of Digbeth's Grand Union, we explore musical fusion by way of Nifeco Costa & Surge Orchestra (part of Celebrating Sanctuary 2019) and there's some funny business ahead of Birmingham Comedy Festival 2019 with local duo Good Kids.

Nfeco Costa & The Surge Orchestra excerpts from live concert and rehersal sessions appear courtesy of Nifeco Costa, Surge Orchestra & Sid Peacock, all rights reserved.

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

This show was first broadcast on 24th September 2019 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.

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

BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival 2019

October 6th, 2019

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In this podcast Switch Radio's James Sandy speaks to Bedlam Festival 2019 producer Sabra Khan about this year's vibrant programme of spoken word, dance, participation, theatre, film & visual art and Hip Hop.

For more information go to: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/bedlam-2019-birminghams-4th-arts-and-mental-health-festival-returns

'BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival 2019' is a King  of the Buttons Production 2019 for Switch Radio 107.5 FM, DAB & Online- with thanks to M Seven Public Relations.

Image courtesy of Sampad Arts.

Music (excerpt): 'In the clouds' by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/59123 Ft: Javolenus

The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirty- A State of the Arts Special

July 30th, 2019

NCB_30_edited.jpegIn this special 30th edition of the New Curioisities Box we take a snapshot of the state of the arts in Birmingham and beyond.

Joined by three leading lights from the city's cultral scene we explore the issues, potential and challenges on the horizon for the sector.

The show's guests are:
Deborah Kermode, Chief Executive & Artistic Director at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham.
Steve Ball, Associate Director at The Rep Birmingham & Director of Culture Central.
Anita Bhalla, Chair of Performances Birmingham and Founder of BBC Asian Network.

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 25th June 2019 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.

Our thanks to the guests, their teams & staff for supporting this programme throughout the last three years.

Flatpack Festival 2019

April 28th, 2019

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Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival returns this May Day Bank Holiday for its thirteenth edition. Flatpack 2019 boasts a wonderfully eclectic line-up over the 6-day festival with 100 events taking place at 14 different venues across Birmingham. With everything from car park theatre and cat-shaped bento to Moomins and post-punk legends, this year’s Flatpack will treat audiences to a week of inspiring screenings, exhibitions, live performances, installations and some very special guests.

Full details of the Flatpack Festival programme and ticket information can be found at www.flatpackfestival.org.uk

In this Podcast Switch Radio's James Sandy talks to Flatpack Festival Director, Ian Francis about the programme of special events, drop-in activities, live cinema, international features, optical sound and documentaries.

This podcast is taken from the Switch Radio programme 'The New Curiosities Box: Show 28' (Broadcast 30th April 2019) and was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2019.

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

'The New Curiosities Box' is a monthly arts & culture show broadcast on Birmingham's Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online. Check out our schedule at: www.switchradio.co.uk

All rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

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.