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The Gift Sessions (are back).

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016


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

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016


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 by 10:00 28th September.

New Board Members (your finger on the button).

Saturday, August 27th, 2016


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).” »

Party planner wanted!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


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

Apply for RSC / Stan’s Cafe Commission

Monday, April 4th, 2016


Do you, or does anyone you know, fancy making a show for the Royal Shakespeare Company (and us)? We are proud to announce four small but rather elegant commissioning opportunities for the miniature Slot Together Stage we made with Billesley Primary school and Yinka Danmole last year.

This stage is due to spend its second summer on the terrace outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and this year we are teaming up with the RSC to challenging theatre makers to create a series of shows for it.

The shows are to be called: Miranda’s Beach, Ariel on the Cliff, Caliban in the Rock Pool, Prospero and the Seaweed. There is a modest fee and a set of rules each production must adhere to. The application process is very easy and everything is fully explained here on the RSC website.

We very much hope you, or someone you know, applies.

Funded PhD opportunity

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


Good news!

The Economics and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Warwick have agreed to fund a PhD studentship to investigate The Potential of the Arts in Contemporary Education. This studentship will be held between the Departments of Sociology and Theatre and Performance Studies. It will included an extended period ‘embedded in Stan’s Cafe’ as we charge about doing our Creative Learning work in schools around Birmingham. There will be lots of support from the university. The ESRC funding means that the fees are paid plus there is a maintenance stipend (terms and conditions apply – as they say).

I don’t know how many of these opportunities there are out there but if you know anyone with a serious interest in how the arts can impact on contemporary education, who wants to get their hands dirty and check out what’s actually going on and what could be possible then please point them in the direction of the website that carries all the details. The application deadline is 29th April. We are very excited at the possibility of helping someone out as they grapple with this challenge, it should be a lot of fun.

Made Up Casting Call

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Image: Graeme Braidwood

People often ask us: “How can I join Stan’s Cafe?” One way to get involved is to come and audition for our shows. We are excited to announce that we are on the hunt for two female performers to join Stan’s Cafe’s latest project: MADE UP.

MADE UP is a collaboration between Stan’s Cafe and a theatrical make-up artist. This new devised play is about friendship and the faces we show the world, and will feature live theatrical make-up transformations. MADE UP will premiere at The REP Birmingham before touring the North East of England.

Continue reading “Made Up Casting Call” »

We’re Recruiting!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

We are on the hunt for an Administrator to work with us on a fixed term basis in 2016 to cover maternity leave. The Administrator is at the heart of the company, managing projects on the ground and running all the systems that make sure everything runs like clockwork. As our 25th anniversary year, 2016 will be a busy and exciting period for Stan’s Cafe and we’re looking for someone who’s keen to join the team and get stuck in.

Please see the job description below. Applications close at midday on Friday 11 December and interviews will be held in week commencing 14 December. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter explaining your suitability for the role to Roisin Caffrey at Please also contact Roisin if you have any enquiries about the position.



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 with a copy of your CV and covering letter.


Work Opportunity

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Image: Gareth Courage.

We are shortly to undertake an exciting project with 120 Year 10 students from across Birmingham. In order to pull off this rather ambitious plan we are looking to engage some freelance help. We are looking for people who are inquisitive and resourceful with a strong interest in young people, social cohesion and literary ideas. If this sounds like you or someone you know then please follow this link for more details of the opportunity.

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