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The Grant – Greg Stokes

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Modern Art debunked mercilessly by four Black Country characters created by Greg Stokes. Recorded at Rocket Cottage Studio in West Bromwich, hear Black Country Theatre perform two of Greg Stokes’ hilarious Les and Sheila stories on this CD. In 2003 the Baggies played Newcastle in the Carling Cup so Greg and family went up for the match, taking in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in the morning.  Never a fan of modern art Greg penned The Grant the following month.  In this story the lead character decides to build a garden shed and stick it in an art gallery.  The announcement of the 2005 Turner Prize short list saw a garden shed in with a shout.  To show that we in the Black Country thought of it first, the Kates Hill Press decided to bring out a CD recording of the story. The big difference between us and the Turner Prize people is of course that we know that we are taking the piss! The CD also includes The Grant Part 2 in which Des and Steph apply for an Arts Council grant. They are joined by a Belgian woman who also applies in order to build a bird’s nest on the side of the Rotunda in Birmingham. This really did happen!

The Big Apple which was on an earlier version of this CD will be released soon on another recording.

 

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CD; 37 min 9 sec; £5.00 (plus 70 p&p in u.k)

Modern Art mercilessly debunked by four Black Country characters created by Greg Stokes and brought to life by Black Country Theatre.

Modern art… Has to have a sheet to explain it!

The cover photograph… Travelling Light on 96 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB. Had its own plaque!

Don’t you just love it! Les, Des, Steph and Sheila do in:-

 

1) The Grant

2) The Grant part 2

 

In the north east for a League Cup match with the Baggies, the four decide to visit the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. totally unimpressed, Des decides to build a Garden Shed with a projection of the Albion fans singing the Garden Shed song at it. Why? To convey the philosophical absurdities of modern life of course! (Their garden shed isn’t bigger than this, it’s their garden shed and consequentially, the same size!). Steph is aghast and insists he asks the Arts Council for a grant to do it. In the second part, the application is made and they visit the Arts council to make their pitch. Also awaiting interview is a Belgian woman, played by Joanne Webster, who seeks £75,000 to build a bird’s nest on the side of the Rotunda in Birmingham. This is of course a true story, a Belgian did get something like that from the Arts Council to build a bird’s nest on the side of the Rotunda… Which is why modern art needs debunking, and why The Grant parts 1 and 2 were written.

Performed by Black Country Theatre and recorded at Rocket Cottage Studio in West Bromwich.

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