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Love Thy Neighbour

March 23rd, 2017

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Presumably the licence plates led to the hire firm and the hire firm pointed to the address and so, within hours, armed police were swarming into a flat and by the morning national news journalists and their dish topped TV trucks had formed a secondary cordon around uniformed officers. The 128 bus edged its way past. A tendril of national news has reached out to us. Its spotlights are set up on our pavements. Continue reading “Love Thy Neighbour” »

Universities

March 16th, 2017

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Our agent at Birmingham University tipped me off about a free public lecture by Dr. Elaine Fulton for the Cadbury Research Library. Knowing my fondness for and familiarity with The Anatomy of Melancholy the agent thought I may be interested in The Nuremberg Chronicle; indeed I was. I went and I learned some stuff, another piece in the vast jigsaw of everything that will never be completed. Anyway that’s not the point, the point is – what an amazing treat it was to be able to go and listen to a clever person at a university talk about something interesting but obscure for 45 minutes and this reminded me how much I love universities, which is a lot. Continue reading “Universities” »

Coventry City of Culture 2021?

March 8th, 2017

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So the race is officially on for cities wishing to become UK City of Culture in 2021 succeeding Hull this year and Derry-Londonderry back in 2013.

We are familiar with this concept. The title throws spotlight on culture in a particular city for a particular year. Glasgow famously used its status as European City of Culture in 1990 as a catalyst to rebrand and regenerate itself and Liverpool repeated the trick when the title had escalated to European Capital of Culture in 2008. Winning the title UK equivalent doesn’t come with a cash prize but it is claimed Hull has raised a budget of £32m. Handled correctly the title generates a publicity bonanza for the winner, community pride, international tourism and increased chances of the city winning bids to host other cultural events across that year. Continue reading “Coventry City of Culture 2021?” »

Creative Learning Recruitment

January 19th, 2017

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We are recruiting one or two part time freelance Creative Learning Associate/s to lead an after school Drama Club and work as an Assistant Director on a new school production.

We require an enthusiastic and imaginative person to lead a new after-school Drama Club which will take place twice a week in two different secondary schools within the Ward End area of East Birmingham. The clubs will culminate in the staging of three productions.

Following a production of The Tempest last year we are also staging a large-scale adapted version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at one of the schools and so are also seeking an Assistant Director to work with the Artistic and Associate Director to deliver this exciting and ambitious project.

The posts could be offered to the same person, or to two different individuals.
The after-school Drama Club begins the w/c 27th February 2017 and ends at Easter 2018. Rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from mid- June to mid-July.

Please click here for further details of the posts and how to apply. As part of your application please also complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

Should you have any further questions please contact our Creative Learning Producer Lucy Nicholls lucy@stanscafe.co.uk. Applications close on Tuesday 31st January.

Neither Away Nor A Day.

January 12th, 2017

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Once a year we gather the Stan’s Cafe board together and retreat, via a secret door and a hidden flight of stairs to pristine time-capsule that is the A E Harris & Co Ltd. board room. Here, with a view of the city centre skyline, we start our scheming. Continue reading “Neither Away Nor A Day.” »

2016 Review

December 31st, 2016

This is the official day on which to ‘review the year’, so here goes, a very quick whirl through a little of what’s been and come and gone Stanwise in 2016. Apologies to everyone and everything that is missed out – we mean no offense. Continue reading “2016 Review” »

Christmas Concerts

December 22nd, 2016

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School Christmas Concerts are my new favourite thing, last week I attended two and loved them both. It is wonderful to see the results of hard work, the anxiety, concentration and relief. Bum notes, squeaks and scrapes are not imperfections, just part of the texture and character. Continue reading “Christmas Concerts” »

Stan’s Cafe is dead, long live Stan’s Cafe

December 2nd, 2016

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photo: Graeme Braidwood

To be honest I was sceptical about the anniversary idea, was ‘not dying’ a sufficient excuse for a party? Isn’t celebrating an anniversary tantamount to become smug and self-satisfied? Fortunately the counter arguments started to mount up: people like parties, we like parties and parties are a good excuse to see people again. The tipping point was reached when it was agreed we would make new show for the party. Who can ever resist making a new show? Continue reading “Stan’s Cafe is dead, long live Stan’s Cafe” »

Recommends

November 24th, 2016

So here are a few things I like all together in the same place. James Richardson, Constantin Brancusi and the film Arrival.

Richardson for a long time did arch punditry on Italian football for British TV whilst drinking coffee and riffling through the Italian sports press outside cafes in Italy. Now we hosts a twice weekly football punditry podcast from a recording studio in The Guardian offices and runs his own film review series Jimbo Vision hosted on YouTube. Though it’s probably possible to overdose on the urbane shtick I think he is fantastic, the way he references Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space in this review of Arrival makes my heart sing. It’s possible to be erudite, cultured, witty, speak two languages fluenty and know a lot about football, this man is the living proof.

He’s not massively keen on Arrival. I was taken to see it over the weekend and thought it was fantastic. It plays to loads of the things I love in art, including spending a good amount of time not quite knowing what’s going on. How many films are there in which a woman saves the world by being very clever?

Sklonište – Sarajevo Show

November 16th, 2016

Skloniste Tour 2016 [promo2] from Ailís Ní Ríain on Vimeo.

We have an exciting new show coming up @ AE Harris next Thursday, a multi-media performance marking the 20th Anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo. It an extraordinary and under told story. Here is brought back to us via poetry, photography, music and personal testimonies.

It is by Ailís Ní Ríain Tickets can be purchased here. We’re looking forward to it.


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