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Something to See and Hear.

October 22nd, 2014

TOTFG Patrick 3 from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.

Nina West is a superstar it’s an outrage that so few people know this to be true. The sonic worlds she has created drive Ocean of Storms (1996) – which we then nicked a 250 second section of for It’s Your Film (1998), Be Proud of Me (2003) and The Cleansing of Constance Brown (2007) (which blew everyone into next week).

Most recently she delivered 255 minutes of inspired menace angst and wonder to power Twilightofthefreakingods to its bloody flame licked conclusion. Now she is working on the soundtrack to the film that has arisen from that show. The film premieres on Saturday and typically of Nina I received a text from her yesterday essentially saying “I’m very excited, I’ve made big revisions to the soundtrack, when I saw it at our recent screening I thought 1/3 of it was a disaster so I’ve relocated much of the music, added new elements and put in some reprises to hopefully make it perfectly balanced”. I’d thought it was amazing as it was, heaven knows how good it will be now.

Nine years ago Nina wrote an essay about her work for this website. It’s probably time we got her to write some more.

Malala Laurette

October 11th, 2014


I’m really pleased to learn that Malala Yousafzai has become a Nobel Laurette. She is an extraordinary person. The thing I find easy to forget is that she was extraordinary before she was shot by the Taliban. She was shot because she was extraordinary and her response to the shooting merely confirmed how extraordinary she is. By shooting Malala the Taliban have empowered her. Continue reading “Malala Laurette” »

Sneeze Film

October 9th, 2014

Friend of Stan and former board member Peter Fletcher has finally had a film made of his most famous artistic undertaking. It’s a great project and a beautiful film. Watch and marvel.

Twilightofthefreakingods: Film

October 4th, 2014

TOTFG Patrick 1 from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.

21 days from the extraordinary film version of Twilightofthefreakingods. We are proud to be screening this as part of RingSide, promoted by Birmingham Hippodrome at The Patrick Centre. RingSide is a program of art around the Mariinski Theatre‘s staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Birmingham, at the Hippodrome 5 – 9 November. Twilightofthefreakingods, shot and edited by Reel Access with music by Nina West is on 25th & 26th October.


September 17th, 2014


The jury is out. We’re sleeping on it. A good idea may have been had and an inscrutable problem may have been solved, but we have been here too many times before to be fully confident. Continue reading “Inspiration?” »

Leeds and Hull

September 17th, 2014


In my younger, more paranoid days, I was loath to talk about more than the very next Stan’s Cafe project for fear somehow the idea would be ‘stolen’. Then I started to realize that the more people you share your ideas with the greater the chance you have of finding someone who wants to join you playing with them. Continue reading “Leeds and Hull” »

The Voyage: Studio Recording

September 9th, 2014

Exciting news recorder fans, Michael Wolters groupies, mini-opera lovers and Stan types. Michael’s vast double CD of recorder music Kathryn and Peter Play The Recorder has been released on the niftily named Birmingham Record Company label. Track 1, CD 1 is ‘our very own’ The Voyage.
Continue reading “The Voyage: Studio Recording” »

Billy The Kid

September 8th, 2014


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.

Rowley Park Adventures

September 2nd, 2014


Today we set the game staff of Rowley Park Primary Academy on a City Adventure. Craig and I had a fun time exploring Stafford properly for the first time. We turned up a number of great places to send people and even managed to conceive a couple of new challenges. Continue reading “Rowley Park Adventures” »

Getting Better

September 1st, 2014


The Commentators were much better on Sunday than they were on Saturday. After that first day we reflected on what went well and what could have gone better. As each outing for The Commentators is a new setting we have to answer the question as to how it works in that setting. Sometimes that can be established in advance; at the BE Festival we made a plan and executed it. Sometimes we have to learn from experience. Continue reading “Getting Better” »

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