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(h)experiment Commissions

Friday, November 28th, 2014


I love using formal constraints as a means of unlocking unexpected theatrical delights. An example is our attempt in Be Proud of Me to restrict the text to only sentences found in tourist phrase books. Simple Maths and The Cleansing of Constance Brown were physically constrained and The Just Price of Flowers had structural rules for which characters could appear on stage together in any given scene. Continue reading “(h)experiment Commissions” »


Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Thanks to Richard Battye at River Studio for allowing me to maul his photo.

Last week Eve and I were pleased to attend the official opening of Rogue Play‘s soft and warm new home. They gave us entertaining samples of all the hanging, swinging, jumping that their space encouraged and showed no sign of requiring the en suit physiotherapy/treatment room. Eventually I had to drag Eve away as it was approaching my bedtime. Their space is on Fazeley Street, they run all kinds of classes and rent their space out for rehearsals, so they are creating great OPPORTUNITIES for folk more flexible than I and seem to have a good thing going on, good luck to them. Continue reading “Opportunities” »

Casting Now

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Stan’s Cafe are recruiting a cast of thirteen performers for two exceptional performances @ A E Harris. The performances will be on:


Thursday 10th October 19:00 – 23:15

Saturday 12th October 17:15 – 24:00

This show will be the last in the venue before it ‘downsizes’ and to celebrate its glorious five year history we are looking to exclusively engage performers who have previously performed in the venue.


This will be a physical/visual piece. There will be no re-rehearsals and no lines to learn instead there will be a timetable/instructions to memorize. The performance will require considerable concentration and a certain degree of endurance.

A flat fee of £200 is available to cover the two performances, plus attendance at a practice session of your choice and any transport costs you may have. In the practice session you will receive your timetable/instructions and get a chance to size up the stage, be measured for costumes and practice anything you think may be tricky to perform without practice. This practice session will be at a time of your convenience on Tuesday 8th or Wednesday 9th (other members of the cast do not need to be there).


Expressions of interest are welcomed. A brief CV and photo would be useful along with a note of what production/s you have previously been in @ A E Harris. We are looking to complete casting by 30th September so the sooner we have expressions of interest the better. These can be sent to, which is also the contact address for any questions you may have.

Cannon Hill Collective

Friday, August 16th, 2013

We are delighted to be able to announce a Stan’s Cafe collaboration with mac and their The Cannon Hill Collective. The collective are a group of 17 young creatives aged 16 – 24. They meet weekly on Tuesdays 5pm – 8pm between October and April working towards an artistic presentation of some kind. The Collective is currently recruiting. The closing date for applications is 16th September so if you are interested or know someone who may be follow the link to find out more and fill in an application form. Our role with the collective over the coming months will be to help them gel as a group and make whatever it is the group needs to make.

Tour Booker

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

We are looking for someone to work with us selling our shows to venues in the UK. Tour bookers, both individuals and companies are invited to submit expressions of interest to us by September 17th. A PDF containing further details can be downloaded by clicking here. Please pass this information on to anyone you believe may be interested.

Thank you

Devoted and Disgruntled

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

If you are Devoted to theatre and Disguntled about theatre then you should be making your way to one of the Devoted and Disgruntled open space events that are touring the country. If you live in the West Midlands then this means being at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme on 13th July.

These events have a tremendous following in London and our experience of Open Space has been a great catalyst for change.

BE open

Monday, November 28th, 2011

BE Festival are now soliciting submissions for their 2012 edition. As well as being a great experience the festival is also a valuable opportunity for companies to gain exposure promote a their work. The Festival is developing a good record for getting companies further gigs – including glamorous international ones. We know they are especially keen to find top notch local and UK work to feature, so if you have a great show on your hands get it videoed and get your application in by 17th February.

Photo Credit: Alex Brenner


Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Orla O’Loughlin has been made Artistic Director of Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh so there’s now a vacancy for her old job as Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre. My memory is that Theresa Heskins had the job before becoming A.D. at the New Victoria Theatre Newcastle-Under-Lyme so as well as being a top gig it’s a top gig with prospects.

Top gig with prospects – it sounds like it could be a Pilot Night. On 9th November at The Public West Bromwich an array of entertaining short pieces of theatre will be shared and an audience invited to mull over them and tip those which will go on to become great fully fledged shows.

Fully fledged are The Furies AKA Kindle Theatre in their Post-Punk band format. With Stan co-founder and Man of Steel Graeme Rose located near the helm they are at MAC on Saturday as part of the Supersonic Festival.

Young Artists Call

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

It’s too late for us, but for those artists still aged 18 – 30 there is the chance to be part of a big event planned in Nottingham this time NEXT YEAR. Follow this link to UK Young Artists.

Remember Pilot Submissions

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Rememer 11th August will see Pilot Night return @ A E Harris, co-Piloted by Stan’s Cafe. Anyone / group of ones, who have / will have, ten / twenty minutes of theatrical undertaking that they would like to share with a real live audience with a view to making it better / longer / more profitable, should sign up at the Pilot website. Fringe benefits beyond the very small fee include four days to rehearse / install @ A E Harris in the week leading up to 11th. Don’t be shy / arrogant. Time is running out. The deadline is 09:00 on Monday.

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