14th Nov, 2018

MUSIC MATTERS: Pop-up exhibitions just keep giving

Reflection #1

The old Coventry Telegraph building in Corporation Street just keeps giving – so many great Coventry art, music and pop-up exhibitions have come to life there.

So it’s no surprise that the final event before the building becomes a hotel is another quality event to make its mark there, on Saturday June 16.

Named Reflection #1, the multi-platformed event looks at the dance movement in Coventry in the 80s and the 90s.

Based around three films, each one promises to be an immersive experience. The three films cover the fascinating Sound System culture, a day in the life of DJ/Producer duo Parks & Wilson and a film that examines the city before the explosion of underground dance music.

Apart from the films, DJ sets, graffiti street art and three radio documentaries especially made for this exhibition will air live, covering themes of football hooliganism, post code feuds and themes of racism.

It’s a true labour of love from a dedicated team that has no budget, but really does deserve your attention.

It’s open to the public on Saturday June 16 from 7 -11pm.

Brody Swain

We like our lottery-funded Sounding Offs in the Coventry Music Museum.

It’s a great way of finding out about the people who make Coventry music tick and I get to ask our guests about their careers and the audience get to ask questions in a format that has worked well for nearly five years.

On Saturday, we have a rather interesting guest, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter and Coventry champion Brody Swain.

He put me in the hot seat last year, so now it’s my turn to find out about one of the area’s real good guys and his life in broadcasting. This looks to be a very popular Sounding Off, so get there early. it’s this Saturday June 16, at midday.

Flash Bang Wallop, what a nightmare!

Half a Sixpence will be performed at The Albany Theatre, Coventry, from June 13-16.

Tickets can be obtained from the website at www.albanytheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 024 7699 8964. That sounds so simple, doesn’t it. Above the water all is calm, but below, well this is the story of this new production from Sue Hartshorn of Three Spires Guildhall. Good luck.

What happens in amateur theatre, when your leading man injures himself and is unable to continue his role? Seventeen days to curtain up and we look at the options. Finding somebody from outside the company, who can learn 90 pages of dialogue, 16 songs and all the choreography to take over seems an impossible task. Postponing the performance is expensive and requires so much planning and reliance on many other people, but needs to be explored. Cancelling is a definite NO.

Fifteen days to curtain up and with some persuasion, Ian Meikle has agreed to take a step up from his role as Sid, one of the shop boys, to the leading role of Arthur Kipps in Half a Sixpence.

This is a mammoth role, as Kipps is on stage throughout most of the show. But Ian is one of the most dependable of people, dedicated to the company, and will pull out all the stops to put on a great performance.

All Ian, Nathan lloyd (who has also been pursuaded to join up) and the rest of the cast need now is the support of an audience.

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