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The New Curiosities Box: BE Festival 2018 Special

July 25th, 2018


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

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.