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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.

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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.

Camera Obscura

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Photo: Pete Ashton.

Here’s an exciting opportunity. The boffins behind Birmingham’s excellent Camera Obscura have a call out for artists who want to make a work of art using their devious device. Having enjoyed our own fun and games with crazy optics making It’s Your Film we can heartily recommend having a think about it, the obscura delivers a very seductive look and the viewing experience is strong. What is more remarkable is that Pete and Jenny have managed to pull together some money to support the best ideas. Well done them. Good luck you. Click on the link to fined out how to apply.

(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

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