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Time In Time Critical

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Traditionally theatre is a place set apart from the tyranny of time. Once ‘the curtain goes up’ at the advertised time and ‘latecomers’ have been admitted or repulsed, chronological time is banished, we are free to be suspended out of time, removed to another era, shuttled backwards and forwards through the ages. In the theatre we are released from temporal concerns; except of course we’re not.

The human bladder is resistant to theatre’s temporal slight of hand, the bum cheeks ditto. Last trains, last buses, last orders and expiring parking meters all remain resolutely rooted in a steadily marching ‘here and now’, dragging us back to glance at our ticking watches in the auditorium’s gloom. Even without these humdrum nagging externalities time is still free to torment us in the theatre; surely genuine prisoners can be no more acutely confronted by time’s implacability than the inmates of a dull theatre show. Continue reading “Time In Time Critical” »

Map Script

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Today is the first day of the 2017 Time Critical tour. We are pleased to be opening up at the New Adelphi Theatre, Salford University with the show, two workshops and a post-show discussion. In addition to this I am unreasonably excited that we will also be unveiling, hot off the press, the Time Critical Map of The World. Continue reading “Map Script” »

Our 1000th blog post!

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Time Critical (trailer) from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.

It’s amazing how quickly I forget how much I love being in the rehearsal room with Stan’s Cafe. Each time I return it is full of anxiety and self-doubt, but subtly I become lost in the collective challenge of making the show as good as we possibly can and I’m in my element. Last week was a complete treat. We’ve been reviving and remaking Time Critical; we’ve driven it into the garage, got it up on the ramp, taken it apart, changed some parts, polished up other bits, tuned it up and by the end of next week it will be revved up and waiting to go.
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Culture Feast

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The Stan’s Cafe team likes to support our colleagues in the theatre industry, especially if this means seeing work by other companies. We’re lucky to have such a great variety of theatre so close by.

What we see less of is work in other art forms. Sometimes this is a time thing – there is a lot of theatre to see after all – but sometimes it’s because we are less familiar with visual arts, contemporary music or dance and we don’t know how to navigate what’s on offer quite so deftly.

In recent conversations with arts organisations across Birmingham it’s become clear that lots of other people feel the same way and as a result we’re all missing out on some fantastic work. So, together with five other arts organisations in the city we have created Culture Feast, a series of six events that encompasses theatre, dance, visual arts and music – all of which can be accessed with a single £25 ticket.

Our guess is that if you are adventurous enough to follow Stan’s Cafe you will be curious enough to enjoy the work that our colleagues have to offer you in their disciplines and that their audience will take the plunge to visit our next production Time Critical.

Having a Culture Feast ticket is a little bit like travelling Business Class to the six specially-selected events, but with the novel twist that it’s cheaper than Economy Class! As a Culture Feast ticket-holder you will be welcomed to each event by a member of the host’s team and afterwards you get to let it all sink in with an “audience exchange” in which you can chat to fellow Culture Feast visitors about what you’ve experienced (like a “book group” but with “contemporary arts” instead of the books).

The first set of Culture Feast events starts with our production of Time Critical at mac, and continues with a dance show from DanceXchange, a videogame with live orchestra at Town Hall, the outstanding talent of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and exclusive guided tours of Digbeth First Friday and Ikon.

We’re really excited to be part of such an interesting and wide-ranging programme.

There will be future editions of Culture Feast, featuring a whole new set of organisations and events so watch this space.

Full details of the programme and tickets are available here: culturefeast.org

We hope to see you here there and everywhere.


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