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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.