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As part of this years Llawn04 arts festival in Llandudno Culture Colony Vision, in partnership with Migrations, Datrys and Giddy Goat Productions, produced 'Sandbox'. Based on the cult Channel 4 late night discussion show 'After Dark' from the 1980's 'Sandbox' was hosted by Peter Curran, a voice well known to Radio 4 listeners. His guests were Emma Kennedy of the BBC One sitcom, The Kennedys, and winner of 2012 Celebrity Masterchef; Mary Dejevsky foreign correspondent for The Spectator and The Independent, Mary reports regularly from Russia and Eastern Europe; Selena Godden a writer and widely published poet from London and her most recent publication is a chapter in the warmly-received collection The Good Immigrant; Dr. Llewelyn Morgan is a Classics fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford and Prof. Peter Kinderman who is President British Psychological Society and professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool. 

The studio was in the 'Arena' at Venue Cymru on Llandudno's sea front. But it was filmed without an audience from 11pm to 1am and the only way to see it was live on the Migrations web site (migrations.uk) or on screens at The Fridge Gallery in Bulgaria, Charles Street Video and YKARRK in Canada, Gallery Route One and Third Space in California, USA. 

This broadcast turned out to be CCV's first live transmission as our first outing with the new live broadcasting equipment to g39 in Cardiff for the Cardiff With Culture conference 'Visioning the City' a couple of weeks earlier was scuppered by BT doing maintenance work and cutting off the internet. 

Sandbox is an experiment with long form discussion. In this age of the sound bite and conversations being moved along too swiftly for fear of audience attention spans decreasing it was refreshing to hear intelligent and funny discussion being given the space to explore each topic. And with this first broadcast coming under the title of 'State of Unease' Peter Curran and his guests dealt with issues that so often get brushed over in the regular media world as they are difficult topics to unpack sensibly for fear of political correctness and misinterpretation. With a no holes barred approach, both to language used (as in four letter words rather than Welsh/English/Russian etc.) and opinions expressed, the two hour conversation from comfy chairs around a table with wine covered racism, international politics, Brexit (of course), and a number of other uneasy things in an entertaining way. Not an easy thing to pull off and we at CCV are very pleased to have been involved. 

The recording of the nights broadcast is still available on the Migrations web site.