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Rivers – a new performance

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Join us for a relaxing hour in Cotteridge Park on Saturday 11th September, for our new project, Rivers.

rivers image

Artist Vicky Roden has created two beautiful textile river maps, detailing every bridge, dam, confluence and town along both the Thames and the Volga. We invite you to join us on their banks and let us take you on a guided tour of these two fascinating European rivers.

Come with us along the Thames for an entertaining journey brimming with nature, inspiring artwork, tales of sewerage and ceaseless human invention. Then head along the Volga for a gripping tour awash with political strife, great swings of fortune, tales of caviar and vaulting human ambition.


Saturday 11th September – there will be two performances: 2pm and 4pm. Each performance lasts approximately an hour and is suitable for ages 7+


Cotteridge Park (next to the Shed)

Franklin Rd, Cotteridge, Birmingham B30 2HG. (The park is about a ten minute walk from Bournville Station)

The performances are FREE and there is no need to book. There is a toilet and children’s playground on site. Bring a chair or blanket if you want to sit and a picnic if you want to make an afternoon of it.

We hope you can join us!

The Cardinals

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Cardinals

We’ve just added a new page to the site which will tell you a little more about the above which is currently in rehearsal.

Thanks to Graeme Braidwood for the photography.

The Cardinals is a Domaine d’O commission.

Sleeping With Stan’s Cafe

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

tuningout mixing

It is rare in the company’s history that we have had a surfit of young women willing to sleep with us. This is probably because in the past we have relied on conventional tactics (having a shower and memorizing some jokes). In fact it turns out advertising on ‘Arts Jobs’ is a far more efficient modus operandi.

The new show requires sleeping figures on stage and whilst the response has been terrific it hasn’t included the demographic spread we were after; so if you are a man of any age of a woman over 35 and fancy playing a key, if recumbent role in Tuning Out With Radio Z then please do get in touch: admin@stanscafe.co.uk

Home Of The Wriggler Tonight!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

There’s a chance to catch Home Of The Wriggler tonight @AE Harris our performance space in Birmingham, before the show goes out on tour over the next few weeks. The show starts tonight at 7.30pm – for booking details visit the Diary page. Hope to see you there.


Love List On BBC Radio 3

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Love List, one of the pieces from our CD Pieces For The Radio: Volume One was broadcast on Radio 3’s Late Junction last week by Verity Sharp. She last played it in 2006 so thanks to her for digging it out again and giving it an airing. We used it in a rehearsal for Radio Z last week and we also put on a Godspeed You! Black Emperor track who Verity also played on the same night – there must be something going on there mustn’t there …?


PS .. you can buy the CD in our shop – button on the right there


The Young Commentators

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I spent last Friday in Paganel Primary School running a commentary workshop with a group of year 6 pupils. At the moment they are designing and building their own scalextric cars ready to stage a race in the school hall in a few weeks time complete with commentary. Hearing of our 24 hour commentating experience they invited us in to impart some of our wisdom and to pass on some hard learned tricks of the trade. So here distilled are some of the tips I passed on:

– you have to be able to speak and talk at the same time
– it’s all about the two Cs – concentration and improvisation
– try not to repeat yourself
– it can take a lifetime to master or longer
– try not to repeat yourself
– some people are born natural commentators and that takes a long time to learn
– sometimes silence says more than words ever can
– commentating through the night is essentially the same but darker
– don’t worry if your ship comes off its rails just keep talking
– you can get it right for 99% of the time but listeners will always remember the other 3% when you got it wrong
– try not to repeat yourself
– working in a pair can be good as three voices are often better than two

Anyway we had a great session and if the pupils do aswell next time it should be equally good or as Terry Venables once said “If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again”


Of All The People … in Bern (3)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010


These are our statistics about space travel as seen in the theatre lights of the show in Bern.

After a quiet start on Friday and Saturday it was great to see over a hundred people visit the show on Sunday. Having the framework of being part of India Forum and in Switzerland has provided an interesting focus and led to some surprising statistical finds. For example, the same number of people were born in Switzerland last year as are born in India each day and both countries have the same number of daily McDonalds customers.

I returned to England yesterday using almost every available form of transport – bus, train, plane, coach and car. The show is now in the very capable hands of Jake and Jack.


Festive Thoughts

Monday, December 7th, 2009

With The Just Price Of Flowers completed thoughts now begin to turn to Christmas and whilst reading The Metro newspaper on the bus this morning, I was reminded that although we have yet to stage a pantomime, we do have a number of festive wares in our back catalogue.

There was an article in said paper this morning about a cul de sac of six houses in Burnham On Sea, Somerset which together sport 90,000 fairy lights and raise a significant amount for charity. In 2004 in collaboration with The Public in West Bromwich we created a website called Hohoho to celebrate such domestic festive illuminations. The website contained images and reviews of decorated homes throughout Birmingham, Sandwell and The Black Country.
It also featured a number of walking and driving tours to help people find the best displays in a particular area, together with background stories and photographic tips. The site was updated by The Public in 2005 and though now dormant, it can still be viewed HERE. Although clearly alive and bright in Burnham On Sea there don’t seem to have been as many extravagant displays in my neck of the woods over the last couple of years: a combination of the credit crunch, rising energy prices and climate change concern perhaps.

The Metro also had pictures of a number of Santa Claus fun runs which are seemingly growing in popularity around the world. Large gatherings of Santa Clauses are statistics we like to occasionally include in Of All The People In All The World. The
annual Liverpool Santa Dash which happened yesterday, claims to have the largest gathering of Santas in the U.K with a TBC figure of 7,000.

Click on the box on the right to read more about the first Stan’s Cafe touring show, itself a festive treat.


The Just Price Of Flowers Review

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Here’s a link to Terry Grimley’s online review of The Just Price Of Flowers in The Birmingham Post.

Changeover Day @ AE Harris

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


It’s been a busy day down @AE Harris. The get in has begun for The First Bite Festival which is on Thursday night at 7.30. Whilst that is happening, all around them Kindle are dismantling and removing their enormous ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ set and loading it into various vans, lorries and skips.

We also have exciting news about other upcoming outside events @AE Harris including shows from The Clod Ensemble and Dudendance as part of the British Dance Edition 2010 in February. News of other events including something from us coming soon.

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