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THE COMMENTATORS call: The Nutcracker by Birmingham Royal Ballet,
live from Birmingham Hippodrome on-line here

29th November, coverage from 19:00GMT curtain up 19:30GMT

The Commentators say it as they see it - all the world as sport.

Once stalwarts of the radio, whose voices brought major sporting events into the nation's living rooms now The Commentators have fallen from favour. 24 Hour Scalextric was their sporting swansong, now they are freelancers seeking to eke out a living wherever they can find work. They bring to their marathon commentaries of everyday life the same unquenchable enthusiasm they once applied to the greatest sporting contests.

The Commentators are a spin-off from the popular 24 Hour Scalextric event staged in 2009. Commentaries are webcast but also often audible live on-site, they provide an alternative vision of the world we live in. It is professional people watching, it is soft surveillance, it is a public service - of sorts.

They have brought their undying passion for words and life to a range of events now including a gallery opening, the World Gurning Championship, 12 hours in the life of Broad Street, a primary school sports day and the opening days of the new Library of Birmingham in September.

The Commentators Call: The Nutcracker
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Featuring David Bintley
In association with Birmingham Royal Ballet
Technical help Peter Maxwell-Dixon

The Commentators Call: Moseley Folk Festival
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Moseley Folk Festival
Technical help Peter Maxwell-Dixon & Ryan Knight

The Commentators Call: Bull Ring Open Markets
Craig Stephens & Graeme Rose
Commissioned by Birmingham Weekender
Technical help Peter Maxwell-Dixon

The Commentators Call: Moseley Folk Festival
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Moseley Folk Festival
Technical help Jon Ward

The Commentators Call: Jewellery Quarter Festival
Craig Stephens & Jack Trow
Commissioned by Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District

The Commentators Call: Moseley Folk Festival
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Moseley Folk Festival
Technical help Jon Ward

The Commentators Call: The Lunar Festival, Tanworth-in-Arden
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Lunar Festival Festival
Technical help Jon Ward with Georgiana Mihai

The Commentators Call: The Public Theatre Foyer, New York City
Craig Stephens & Graeme Rose
Commissioned by Under The Radar

The Commentators Call: Moseley Folk Festival
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Moseley Folk Festival
Technical help Jon Ward

The Commentators Call: BE Festival Awards Ceremony
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
M.C. Graeme Rose

The Commentators Call: Library of Birmingham Opening
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Technical and other genius Jon Ward
Thanks to Canstream

The Commentators Call: Billesley Primary School Sports Day
Graeme Rose & Craig Stephens
Supported by James Yarker with Evie Boulstridge

The Commentators Call: Egremont Crab and Sports Fair
(including World Gurning Championships 2011).

Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by AND Festival (archive recording here), engineer Simon Hanson

The Commentators Call: Broad Street 18:00-06:00
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Fierce, technical help Peter Maxwell Dixon

The Commentators Call: The Crowd Watching Brazil vs Portugal
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Commissioned by Fierce, technical help Howard Potts

The Commentators Call: Opening of Abstract Cabinet Show at Eastside Projects
Graeme Rose & Craig Stephens
Commissioned by Gavin Wade

The Commentators Call: 24 Hour Scalextric
Craig Stephens & James Yarker
Technical help from Rhubarb Radio and Alan Dolhasz


"You can take 10 books out at a time, so I'd say go for it, take a chance". @stanscafe live commentary on Birmingham library. Compulsive.

Loved @stanscafe Commentators Observing the unnoticed, missed goings on and toing and froing of library life.

"First red hat of the day here at the Birmingham library". I can't seem to turn off this commentary from @stanscafe

"I was in the library on several different occasions over the first three days and found the Commentators incredibly irritating and tedious. They clearly thought that they were being very clever but their banal comments just droned on. I felt really sorry for the people who had to work near them - at least I could escape to upper floors."

"Thought the Commentators were fantastic at LoB.. As did many other people!"

"Was great to hear and see the commentators again, brilliant stuff as ever."

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