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The New Curiosities Box: Show Thirteen

March 6th, 2018

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In this show we take on some of those issues that others fear to face! 
Reflecting on passing and legacy we consider the darkly comic 'The Death Show' at Birmingham Rep, ponder politics and Black identity in the English countryside through 'Black Men Walking' at The Belgrade Theatre (Coventry) and we try to give jazz a definition with Sax masters Paul Dunmall & John O'Gallagher.

An excerpt of thier live concert appears courtesy of Paul Dunmall/John O'Gallagher/Calundronius. All copyrights are acknoweldged and observed.

Thanks to Tony Evans at TDE Promotions, Chris Trent at Calundronius Recordings, Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck, Outer Circle Arts, Eclipse Theatre Company, Royal Exchange Theatre, Tonderai Munyevu, The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, MAC Birmingham and The Rep Birmingham for their support in the making of this progarmme.

A special thanks to Marcia Springer.

This show was first broadcast on Wednesday 28th February 201 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 Twelve

February 4th, 2018

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We're back for the first show of 2018! Show 12 takes on Cinderella at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (Oh yes it does!) and we reflect on the Shout Festival of queer arts & culture in early January, as well as learn more about February activities for LGBT History Month. There is also a bit of prog rock...

This show was first broadcast on the 24th January 2018 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

For more links and info check out our blog: http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/ission and all rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

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 Eleven

December 29th, 2017

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It’s show number eleven! And it’s Christmas!...In this festive show we get funny with Birmingham Stand-up comedian James Cook, we take in the magic of The 101 Dalmatians at The Rep with cast member Nadi Kemp-Sayfi and we sprinkle some fairy folk dust over proceedings with The Albion Christmas Band as they kick off their yuletide tour at MAC Birmingham.

Thanks to James Cook, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi, The Albion Christmas Band, The Rep Birmingham and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making this programme.

“In Bethlehem City” (Trad.Northamptonshire.arr. Albion Christmas Band) and “Silent Night” (Joseph Mahr/Franz Grubner, arr. Albion Christmas Band) are taken from “Magic Touch” by The Albion Christmas Band and appear with kind permission and all rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

This show was first broadcast on the 20th December 2017 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & Online.

For more links and info check out our blog: http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Ten

November 26th, 2017

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In this, the tenth show of the series, I finally catch up with poet and wordsmith John Hegley, get deep into community theatre with cast members from Steven Camden's 'I Knew You' and there's music from Dan Whitehouse & Jess Morgan as they complete a short, collaborative tour.

Thanks to John Hegley, Lorna Laidlow & Brenton Hamilton, Dan Whitehouse & Jess Morgan, The Rep Birmingham, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, The Old Print Works (Balsall Heath) and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making this programme.

‘Everything Is Free’ (Cover) (Welch/Acony Records), ‘Helpless’ (Cover) (Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young/Atlantic Records) by D.Whitehouse & J.Morgan and ‘Come To The Opera With Me Loretta’ by Jess Morgan (Drabant Music,2016) appear with kind permission and all rights are reserved and copyrights observed.

This show was first broadcast on the 22nd November 2017 on Switch Radio 107.5FM, DAB & On-line.

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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Sally Payen: The Fence And The Shadow at MAC Birmingham

November 1st, 2017

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In this podcast we get insight and perspective on a study of women's activism, protest and peace campsthrough a conversation with artist Sally Payen exploring The Fence And The Shadow exhibition at MAC Birmingham.

Thanks to Sally Payen & Mandy Fowler and MAC Birmingham for thier support in the making this podcast.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This podcast is taken from a show that was first broadcast on 25th October 2017.

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Nine

October 29th, 2017

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In this show we get insight and perspective on a study of women's activism, protest and peace camps with artist Sally Payen, explore the wonder of the Polyphon with folk singer & songwriter Luke Daniels and make it all up in a conversation (& more) with Jon Trevor, Director of Birmingham Improv Festival 2017.

Thanks to Sally Payen & Mandy Fowler, MAC Birmingham, Luke Daniels, Mandy Rose at M Seven PR and Jon Trevor & the Improv Players at Box of Frogs for thier support in the making this programme.

'Revolve & Rotate (part2)'by Luke Daniels (Gael Productions Ltd, 2016) and 'The House that Jack built' by Luke Daniels (Gael Records Ltd, 2017) appear with kind permission and all rights reserved and copyrights are observed.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This show was first broadcast on 25th October 2017.

Some tracks referenced in the show do not appear in this podcast version, See our spotify playlist to fill in the gaps!

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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The New Curiosities Box: Show Eight

October 8th, 2017

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We dig deep into the classic that is Jane Eyre through The National Theatre's enthralling production at The Rep Birmingham, get spun out with Jazz and Folk with expanding string quartet Fret & Fiddle, plus there's a round up of local events and some new music releases to boot!

Thanks to Fret & Fiddle and The Rep Birmingham for thier support in the making this programme.

'Noto Swing' (Reinhardt) and 'J'Attendrai' (Olivieri) are taken from the album 'J'Attendrai' by Fret & Fiddle. Usage with permission and all rights reserved & all copyrights are observed.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This show was first broadcast on 27th September 2017.

Some tracks referenced in the show do not appear in this podcast version, See our spotify playlist to fill in the gaps!

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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THE NEW CURIOSITIES BOX: SHOW SEVEN

September 2nd, 2017

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It's a bit of bargain- Two shows in August! In this one we take an extended exploration through the wonder that is Punjabtronix with DJ Swami, salute the passing of another musical great and get some fresh thinking from Go Go Penguin.

Thanks to DJ Swami, Asian Arts Agency, Go Go Penguin and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making of this podcast.

'The New Curiosities Box' is written & presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2017 for Switch Radio 107.5FM & DAB.

"Jugni- Instrumental", "Challa- Instrumental" and "Partitions- Instrumental" appear courtesy of DJ Swami, Asian Arts Agency and Arts Council England.

"All Res" by GoGoPeguin from the album 'Man Made Object' appears courtsey of Blue Note Records 2017.

Usage with permission and rights reserved & All copyrights are observed.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This show was first broadcast on 30th August 2017.

Some tracks referenced in the show do not appear in this podcast version, See our spotify playlist to fill in the gaps!

For more links and info check out our blog:
http://thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.co.uk/

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THE NEW CURIOSITIES BOX: SHOW SIX

August 5th, 2017

NCB_JS.jpegIt's Show Six and there is no hanging about as I wade into the wonder of BE Festival 2017, immerse myself in the theatre experience that is 'British Enough?' and try to get a handle on the new Futuremakers Programme at Mac Birmingham.

Thanks to The Rep Birmingham, Foolish People, Future Makers and MAC Birmingham for their support in the making of this podcast.

'The New Curiosities Box' is written & presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2017 for Switch Radio 107.5FM & DAB.

For more information and links check out our blog: thenewcuriositiesbox.blogspot.com

This show was first broadcast on 2nd August 2017.

All copyrights are observed.

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What if the plane falls out of the sky?

July 9th, 2017

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In this podcast I get anxious with Idiot Child Theatre by way of their performance piece "What if the plane falls out of the sky?" as I speak to co-director Susie Riddell.

Thanks to MAC Birmingham and Idiot Child for their support in the making of this podcast.

This interview is an excerpt from 'The New Curiosities Box: Episode 5' which is written & presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2017 for Switch Radio 107.5FM & DAB.

This interview was first broadcast on 5th July 2017.

Title Music 'Café connection' by morgantj  and is (c) copyright 2009 licensed under creative commons.

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