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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.

Searching for: General Manager

November 10th, 2016

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We’re recruiting!

We are on the hunt for a General Manager to become part of the Stan’s Cafe team as we move into an exciting period of developing new projects and sharing our existing ones more widely. The General Manager is at the heart of the company, managing projects on the ground and running all the systems that make sure everything runs like clockwork. We’re looking for someone friendly, resourceful and keen to get stuck in.

Please click here for the job description. Applications close at midday on Thursday 1 December and first round interviews will be held on Thursday 8 December. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the role to admin@stanscafe.co.uk. Please contact Roisin Caffrey, Executive Producer, if you would like to have an informal, confidential chat about the role: roisin@stanscafe.co.uk. Please also complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

Speaking and Listening

November 1st, 2016

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This evening I gave a talk at one of Birmingham Conservatoire‘s Composer Seminars. It seems the concrete eating monsters who consumed the Central Library were finally sated by Adrian Bolt Hall and have retreated to digest. The Conservatoire remains and the talk took place in ‘the old canteen’ overlooking a large flood lit hole in the ground into a portion of which the world’s largest corkscrew appeared to be drilling a hole. Continue reading “Speaking and Listening” »

Par ikvienu cilvēku visā pasaulē

October 7th, 2016

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Every five years or so I like to put up a post about translation, that time has come around again and this is the post.

This week a festival in Latvia asked us…

“Dear Roisin, we have to translate the title of the work into Latvian and I wanted to ask you to explain in what way you use “of all the people…” to have exact translation”

What a beautiful question. I love all this stuff about the use of words. So if you don’t want to know the ‘official answer’ then stop reading right now. Continue reading “Par ikvienu cilvēku visā pasaulē” »

Good Things

October 2nd, 2016

Sometimes it happens, rarely, but sometimes it does; you get to see a whole run of shows you enjoy, one after the other. I’m privileged to currently be on one of those runs. Continue reading “Good Things” »

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.


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