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Junior Commentators

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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On Saturday a team of apprentice commentators from the Lyng Media Club take to the streets of West Bromwich as part of the Sandwell Arts Festival. A team of twelve young people aged between 5 and 12 will be on the streets between 12:00 – 15:00 reporting on all the goings on in the town centre during festival time.
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Sports Report

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Commentators Promo Video from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.

Can anyone remember the heady days of summer? The boozy folksy days of early September? No! Well to jog your memories here is a video shot at the Moseley Folk Festival starring your friends and ours The Commentators. Apparently they’re a bit short of work at the moment and so have commissioned a promotional feature to solicit something, anything… office Christmas Parties, Weddings, Ceremonial Openings, Swimming Galas, Mardi Gras, Traffic Reports, Car Boot Sales…

The Commentators

Monday, September 7th, 2015

We’d hesitate to call them ‘the best bits’ or ‘the highlights’ but the excellent Jon Ward plucked a few passage from this weekend’s fourteen hour splurge of commentary on the lovely Moseley Folk Festival and uploaded them onto Sound Cloud, so if you missed them live or heard them and want to re-live them then click above for: Jenga on the radi, someone buying sunglasses, people walking in through an Out gate and someone being menaced by a wasp Etc.

We are intrigued by Sports Desk, which has been booked as part of the forthcoming Birmingham Weekender event. Is this competition for The Commentators? Who knows, we will have to wait until the end of September to find out.

At the same event we are helping our friends the composer Michael Wolters and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group stage a number of performances of Michael’s new composition Requiem. He has written it to be performed in empty shop units and the performances will be called Requiem To Let. The location of the performances is as yet a closely guarded secret – you can judge for yourselves if this is code for ‘the venue has yet to be sorted out’.

More Lunar Commentators

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

The commentary ‘highlights’ from Saturday at the Lunar Festival are now available on soundcloud. All part of The Commentator‘s Listen Again service.

The Lunar Commentators

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Live from NYC

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Live coverage from the Foyer of The Public Theatre, New York City. Don’t miss any of the action. Web casting 23:30 – 03:30.

When is Boring Not?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Tomorrow The Commentators return. This time they are ‘stateside’ for their first American engagement since the heady days of the original New York Cosmos – Pele, Beckenbauer et al. On Friday they will bringing eager listeners all the comings, goings and lingerings in the Foyer of The Public Theater, Manhattan. Due to the time difference UK listeners will have to tune in between 23:30 and 03:30 GMT to catch the action live as it happens (the link will be on this homepage).

Fans of The Commentators may also be interested in the television broadcasts which are the subject of the TED talk linked to above.

Malala Laurette

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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I’m really pleased to learn that Malala Yousafzai has become a Nobel Laurette. She is an extraordinary person. The thing I find easy to forget is that she was extraordinary before she was shot by the Taliban. She was shot because she was extraordinary and her response to the shooting merely confirmed how extraordinary she is. By shooting Malala the Taliban have empowered her. Continue reading “Malala Laurette” »

Getting Better

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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The Commentators were much better on Sunday than they were on Saturday. After that first day we reflected on what went well and what could have gone better. As each outing for The Commentators is a new setting we have to answer the question as to how it works in that setting. Sometimes that can be established in advance; at the BE Festival we made a plan and executed it. Sometimes we have to learn from experience. Continue reading “Getting Better” »

Folk Commentary

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The Commentators did a full eight hour shift at Moseley Folk Festival yesterday. Their coverage of events was audible through speakers at various points around the site and now in bite size podcast form via Soundcloud. Remember these are not carefully crafted pieces made for radio, they are slices of the vast sprawling rolling thing.

There is more to come today.


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