Stan's Cafe: One looks, marvels and understands

If I stay there will be trouble, if I go…

March 12th, 2016

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So the CBI guy, speaking in a personal capacity said “out” and had was kicked out.

The Bank of England guy said “out” could cause trouble and that caused him trouble.

The Queen is being interpreted as saying “out” but that was years ago before anyone was asking so she can’t have been answering and now she’d say nothing.

So where does Stan stand? Continue reading “If I stay there will be trouble, if I go…” »

CETT Puppets

March 11th, 2016

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What greater privilege can there be that helping to teach the teachers?

On Wednesday I teamed up with Jim “Art Games” Morris for our final engagement with this year’s cohort of trainees from Central England Teacher Training. Their course started back in early September with A City Adventure and we met up again in November to put some creative thinking in around their placements in school. Continue reading “CETT Puppets” »

Made Up – Glad to be Grey

March 10th, 2016

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This image belongs to the BBC (sorry your embedding code didn’t work).

The premise of our new (yet to be made) show is that a young female film star is on set, in a trailer with an older female make up artist. So it was good timing that BBC Radio 4 broadcast Glad to be Grey, a documentary in which historian Mary Beard reflects on having grey hair. It’s not-edge-of-your-seat listening but it’s more material to reflect on.

Funded PhD opportunity

March 9th, 2016

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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 jobs.ac.uk 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 – looking around.

March 8th, 2016

So as R&D week approaches for Made Up I’m on unfamiliar territory, dipping a toe into the world of the YouTube make-up tutorial. Almost the first thing that comes up is this sequence. It speaks for itself. It’s been viewed over 1M times. I’m not sure it helps for the show but it’s strong.

Warning: Stan’s Cafe does not endorse the cosmetic products featured in this video.

Made Up – North East

February 23rd, 2016

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Marlien van Liempt has been working with us since January as a placement from University of Birmingham’s MRes Directing course. For about a month she was been researching statistics for Of All The People In All The World in Freiburg, researching materials for Trailblazers at the Council House, preparing materials for Matholympics at Washwood Heath Academy and administering casting for Made Up. After all this office based work it seemed only fair to offer her a chance to be part of a research trip to the North East of England for Made Up, arranged for us by DEP Arts and Arc Stockton-on-Tees as part of their Reach audience development project. Here is her report: Continue reading “Made Up – North East” »

Mayor Meets the Mayor

February 4th, 2016

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So everything that I said in yesterday’s post would happen has happened. The council house was overrun by teenagers. They all looked very smart in their school uniforms and those whose schools didn’t have uniforms still looked smart. It was a fantastic mix of young people from across the city and although, predictably, things were a little tentative initially people soon started warming up. Continue reading “Mayor Meets the Mayor” »

Trailblazers: In A Visible City

February 3rd, 2016

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Photo: Kate Green

So the Trailblazers’ map has been published and today it will be presented by 2030’s Executive Mayor of Birmingham to the current incumbent The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor, Councillor Raymond Hassall. Continue reading “Trailblazers: In A Visible City” »

How To Do It

January 21st, 2016

I live in fear of Tim Harford. He hosts the Radio 4 and BBC World Service program More Or Less. The premise of this brilliant programme is that they interrogate statistics that have entered the public realm but sound a bit dubious. Classically it is politicians who are subject to fact checking but the programme’s range is broad, it’s up-beat and playful; Tim Harford is fantastic but he terrifies me. Continue reading “How To Do It” »

Made Up Casting Call

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” »


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