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Moving home

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

On Tuesday the Birmingham Post made fully public the news that our landlords A E Harris & Co. Ltd. have sold their site for redevelopment, they will be moving to new premise to continue their business and we will have to do the same. Continue reading “Moving home” »

New Door

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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One of the great things about being a theatre occupying factory space is that you can save masses of money by leaving things pretty bleak and claiming this bleakness as ‘post-industrial chic’. As those of you who have visited us will know we’ve been enthusiastically living ‘post-industrial chic’ for years and this approach has suited us well, but recently a problem has emerged. Continue reading “New Door” »

We’re recruiting!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Stan’s Cafe is looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to join our Front of House casual staff team @AE Harris. To take responsibility for the welfare of the audience, opening and locking up the venue, running the bar during and after performances when required and assisting artists.

You need to be friendly and a good communicator, and an interest in theatre would be ideal. You will undertake full training at the venue, so no previous experience is necessary, but if you have previous bar experience it will come in handy. First aid training will also be helpful.

Shifts are primarily evenings between 6pm-11pm, or at weekends. £7.50 p/h

 

If you’re interested in joining our team, please email rowena@stanscafe.co.uk with a copy of your CV and covering letter.

 

Birmingham Fest 2015

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Birmingham Fest is now in its third year, and as ever we’re pleased to be involved and hosting some excellent theatre here @AE Harris.

This Sunday, we have a double bill from Lucky Dog Theatre Productions. First up ‘Hats off to Laurel and Hardy’ tells the story of the lives and loves of the iconic comedy duo, told from the afterlife. From their very different beginnings to their meteoric rise to fame, the play tells their story in a funny, touching, yet bittersweet way. It details their commitment to their work, the appreciation of their fans, the love of their wives and – most enduringly – their unerring devotion to each other. In true Laurel and Hardy style there is plenty of slapstick and even some questionable dancing. Heartwarming and hilarious, this one’s not to be missed.

Following on from Laurel and Hardy, Lucky Dog brings us ‘Mr Merrick, The Elephant Man’. Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) is possibly the most famous ‘freak’ in history. Many stage plays and the popular film have told a romantic and often fictional account of his story. ‘Mr Merrick, The Elephant Man’ promises to be the first play to actually only deal with the known facts about Merrick’s final years in The London Hospital, Whitechapel and his complicated relationship with his doctor, Frederick Treves. Painstakingly researched and written with the support of Merrick’s biographer, expect to be enlightened and moved by the stirring true story of ‘the most remarkable creature ever to draw breath’.

These have been sell-out shows at other venues, so book tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Billy The Kid

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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This Friday we are proud to be hosting Billy The Kid: His Life In Music by Livestock. This musical comedy has had lots of positive commendations, including friend of Stan Steven Brett at The Nightingale in Brighton.

It’s written and performed by improvisation guru Chris Johnston with musician Rex Horan and the excellent Simon Day has provided ‘additional direction’ so it is all shaping up well.

Do come over to @ A E Harris to catch it. Tickets are just £5 via Eventbrite. The show should be highly entertaining and if you haven’t had a chance to experience the new ’boutique’ version of @ A E Harris now is the time. See you there and then.

Fabrik

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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Coming away from home can be inspiration. Here in Potsdam we have encountered some fantasy version of the Stan’s Cafe / @ A E Harris situation.
Soon after the wall comes down a group of dancers pile out of West Berlin into Potsdam, squat a venue and make dance pieces there. They change homes a few times over the years, their residence gradually growing more official. Their dance pieces become successful, tour internationally and win awards. They invite other people to make and present shows in their space. Continue reading “Fabrik” »

The Rep @ A E Harris

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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This weekend a team from Birmingham Repertory Theatre are doing the get-in for a production of The Rememberers @ A E Harris. Their site has mini-video on how to get to the venue, which is novel. The show runs from 4th – 19th February. It is a co-production with our old friends Apples & Snakes who specialise in promoting poetry. Reassuringly we’ve just discovered that the production manager is Rachel Shipp, a mini-legend of the performance world who was technical manager at the ICA through the early 90s, everything should run smoothly. Why not come down to check it out?

James

BE Festival 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Yesterday we had the folk from BE Festival @ A E Harris sizing things up for this year’s festivities. Following last year’s triumph one of their questions was “how do we squeeze more audience in?”. Another request was that we tell people that they are now open for submissions from anyone wanting to perform at the festival. Last year folk came from across Europe to perform but there wasn’t anyone from down the road. It would be great to see some local talent in the line-up this year. Here are details of how to apply.

Space Upgrades

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

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With confirmation we have @ A E Harris for at least two more years and Birmingham Opera Company paying their rent in improvements rather than cash things have been moving on. Fire exit doors have been fitted over roller shutters in ‘Africa’ where the floor has been also been smoothed, there are now fabric rather than paper towels in the toilets. The suspicious but not dangerous broken panel in ‘Europe’ has been boxed in. Fire exit doors have been fitted outside the roller shutters onto Northwood Street, these, along with those in ‘Africa’ raise the venue’s capacity above 500.

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There is a proper door with a proper lock for the production office, there are an additional two heaters and a flood in the kitchen. Which took much of Saturday morning for Eve and me to mop up and sort out.

Two More Years @ A E Harris.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

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Exciting news! Today we got the official Arts Council letter to say that our Grants for the Arts application to subsidise @ A E Harris has been successful. This is an enormous relief. After two years, paying for the venue from profits other bits of the Stan’s Cafe operation were making, was starting to take its toll and we were bracing ourselves to walk away from it all. Now we can forge ahead. You can read the official press release here.

This Grant doesn’t pay for everything, the venue still has to earn money, but it does allow us to continue to offer a range of organisations and individuals the opportunity to use the space at a range of pricing levels. It allows us to pay some other people to lock and unlock for us and maybe do some cleaning. It also allows us to make a few strategic investments in improving the space.
I spent a good portion of Monday wobbling at the top of the ladder replacing 8ft long fluorescent tubes and starters. There are now no dingy patches in the venue.

A couple of days before our amplifier, which went up in a plume of smoke during the BE Festival, returned after a £300 re-fit. Credit to the good people at the Peavey Repair Centre, they provide a brilliant service.

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Today Charlotte, Eve (on half term work experience) and I swept out the new extension – Australia, ready for it to come under the serious attentions of our newly acquired high-pressure water cleaning machine. Watch out dirt!


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