Stan's Cafe: One looks, marvels and understands

Glorious City Adventure

September 15th, 2016

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What a glorious day yesterday was for A City Adventure.

Twenty eager students from Central England Teacher Training took to the streets of Birmingham to explore and undertake creative challenges. We’ve been running these days in Birmingham for fourteen years now and it feels as if they are the same as they ever were but of course this isn’t true. Continue reading “Glorious City Adventure” »

The Gift Sessions (are back).

September 6th, 2016

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In case you hadn’t noticed, this is Stan’s Cafe’s 25th Anniversary year. We wanted to share the joy by giving away some Birthday Presents, so we are reviving The Gift Sessions; last seen in 1997, these free workshops are open to fellow theatre makers in the locality. Continue reading “The Gift Sessions (are back).” »

Consultant Required

September 6th, 2016

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Stan’s Cafe are looking to work with an external consultant with exceptional sector experience to advise them on the next stage of their organisational development, helping them unlock greater value from their acclaimed theatre and creative learning practice.

Working closely with joint CEOs, Artistic Director James Yarker and Executive Producer Roisin Caffrey the consultant will advise on strategic positioning, business model, financing and operational implications plus timeline for implementation.

The outcome of this consultancy period will feed into the company’s forthcoming NPO bid. We anticipate this process will take five days starting as soon as possible.

Expressions of interest including a suggested project outline, timeline and costing with a CV should be sent to roisin@stanscafe.co.uk by 10:00 28th September.

Rice Etiquette

September 1st, 2016

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What a rare treat to be making Of All The People In All The World again. It is performed regularly but for one reason or another I don’t seem to go out with it very often, so it was great to be in Basel this week for its installation and opening. Continue reading “Rice Etiquette” »

School’s out (& nearly back).

August 29th, 2016

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Here’s an interesting thing: Saltley Academy students have got their best GCSE results in years and the Headteacher sent us a kind email thanking us for our contribution to this improvement. The thing is we have been working in the school on and off for two years and never directly worked with any of the students whose results have just come through, so why the thanks? How do we muscle in on any glory? Continue reading “School’s out (& nearly back).” »

New Board Members (your finger on the button).

August 27th, 2016

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Do you fancy helping guide Stan’s Cafe towards its next 25 years of gloriousness? We are now recruiting new Board Members. By our calculations we have had just twenty board members to date, so you (or someone brilliant that you know and pass this opportunity on to) would be joining a select crowd. Continue reading “New Board Members (your finger on the button).” »

Junior Commentators

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.
Continue reading “Junior Commentators” »

Party planner wanted!

July 21st, 2016

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Well it turns out that inadvertently Stan’s Cafe has become ancient and in order to celebrate being ancient but not dead we thought we aught to throw a party, a proper party, the kind of party people leave saying “now that was a party”, the kind of party that rings down the generations.

One idea we have for making the party special is to make a new studio theatre show especially to premiere AT the party. Obviously organizing a party and making a new show for it is a logistical challenge, plus we have a fair amount of other stuff happening between now and then so we need some help, some PAID help, the kind of paid help that could organize the backside off a donkey.

Are you or do you know that person? The donkey backside organizing off, party planning, show production managing, VIP invite wrangling übermensch (person of supreme integrity and honour)? If so get in touch, we are hiring.

The full job description with news of how to apply is downloadable here

Love and Loss at BE Festival

June 24th, 2016

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What a piquancy of timing. BE Festival on 23rd June 2016. Theatre shows from Spain, Switzerland, UK and Italy. Nothing more can be done. The future is unknown. Us, swilling together in this heterotoic space, acting out in microcosm the broader drama. Continue reading “Love and Loss at BE Festival” »

Mystery and Morality

June 21st, 2016

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Last year we toured one of our most popular shows The Cardinals to North America. As the show hit Toronto I was bowled over by a talk given by Dr. Matt Sergi. Matt is an expert in Mediaeval English Drama and he was talking about our show in the context of the religious mystery plays staged on the streets of York about five hundred years ago. So illuminating was the talk that we asked him to convert the talk into an essay, which he did.

When we got onto the usual awkward issue of payment and it descended into a familiar row, us trying to force money onto him and him refusing to take it. Once we’d patched things up it transpired that Matt’s theatre company PLS was planning to bring two of its shows to the UK, so we’ve invited them to come and perform @ A E Harris as our guests and we’re delighted that they’ve accepted.

So, we are proud to announce a mini-season of performances no less:

Mystery and Morality.

Stan’s Cafe, Birmingham, UK
The Cardinals c2011 7pm, 8th July. Admission £5 on the door (cash only) or tickets online via our shop.
Three Cardinals perform the history of the world, without words in their miniature puppet theatre mostly aided by their young female mulim stage manager.

SPECIAL GUESTS
PLS, Toronto, Canada
PLS specialise in giving audiences uproarious glimpse into the dynamic, scatological, often very funny world of English theatre as it was more than six hundred years ago. They translate original scripts into contemporary English and combine these with real medieval music, costume design and performance practices to show us hints of a culture that was, in some ways more liberated than our current one.

In a subversion of the original show’s anti-feminist themes both shows are performed by six non-male actors.

Both shows are family friendly, free of charge, relaxed performance.

Mankind c1464
Performed in the Courtyard @ A E Harris, 7:30pm 16th July
Mankind is very distractable and so Mercy and Mischief are striving for his attention, while a cheerful demon who creates human error is never far from the action. After this performance there will be a modest party to welcome PLS to Birmingham – everyone is welcome.

The Pride of Life c1300s
Performed in the Theatre @ A E Harris 7:30pm 17th July
The bombastic King Life believes he will live for ever despite the Queen’s urgent warnings that a rival King Death has recently landed in their realm.
Since only the first half of the original manuscript has been found the play’s inevitable mortal conclusion will be improvised each evening drawing on audience input.

Thanks to the generous support of Connaught Fund’s New Researcher Award and in line with Mediaeval practice no charge will be made for admission to either performance, but donations will be accepted.

Click here for directions to @ A E Harris 110, Northwood St. B3 1SZ

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