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In October 2017 Bloomsbury Methuen published Devising Theatre With Stan's Cafe a guide to the company's working practices that includes much insight into the company's productions, context, links to other practitioners as well as practical exercises based on the company's work. This book, available in hardback, paperback and ebook is co-authored by Dr. Mark Crossley of De Montfort University and James Yarker, Artistic Director of Stan's Cafe, it contains interview material with numerous company members and Associate Artists.

The work of Stan's Cafe Theatre Company has also been included in many significant books and publications that deal with the history of theatre, critical theory of performance, and has been characterized as "a major contributor to theatrical progress in the 1980s". Additionally, it has set a new standard for practical engagement and innovative approachs to theatre, education and science with its creative conceptions in these fields.

German theatre researcher Hans-Thies Lehmann who established the notion of "post-dramatic theatre", in the book of the same name, described Stan's Cafe as having "the quality of post-dramatic theatre" (The Carrier Frequency), putting SC in the context of significant theatrical developments.

One of the most valuable resources on British theater, Baz Kershaw's "The Cambridge History of British Theatre" writes about SC in the context of physical theater (The Carrier Frequency), creative collaboration, engagements and inclusion of multimedia technologies in contemporary performance (It's Your Film).

One of the major interests of the work of Stan's Cafe is an active participation in science, education and the arts and processes of creative interventions and collaborations, which has resulted with the inclusion of some of the companies work in educational curriculums and books, not only about drama and theatre studies but also in mathematics and other natural sciences.

Listed here are some of the artistic and creative explorations of Stan's Cafe Theatre Company, and its application of ideas and practices.

Stan's Cafe. Future Art Symposia. Birmingham: Stan's Cafe, 2001.

Stan's Cafe. Of All The People In All The World Innerer Nordbahnhof (Stuttgart): Stan's Cafe, 2005.

A New Theatre Architects Project. The Dust Archive, A History of Leeds Met Studio Theatre Arts Council England. Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, 2008.

Babbage, Frances (2000). The Past in the Present? A response to Stan's Cafe's revival of 'The Carrier Frequency'. New Theatre Quarterly 16 (61): 97

Bailes, Sara Jane. Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Books LLC. Theatre Companies in Birmingham, England: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Banner Theatre, Stan's Cafe, Crescent Theatre, Words, Signs. General Books LLC, 2010.

Chambers, Colin. Ed. Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre. London: Continuum, 2002.

Cotton, Tony How many people do I share the planet with? The Story of Stan's Cafe in Mathematics Teaching: Journal of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Issue 263, September 2018.

Fragkou, M, Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Politics, Affect, Responsibility. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Friday, Pat. Drama and Theater Studies. A2. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Ltd. 2008.

Gough, Richard and Ridout, Nicholas. Ed. Performance Research, On Theatre. Volume 10 No 1 April 2005 Routhledge: Taylor and Francis, 2005.

Govan, Emma. Nicholson, Helen. Normington, Katie. Making a performance: devising histories and contemporary practices. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Holzer Kobler Architekturen & iart interactive Ed. All We Need, A Book on Needs, Resources and Fairness. Germany: Lars Muller Publishers 2007.

Heddon, Deirdre and Milling, Jane. Devising Performance, a critical theory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Hill, Leslie and Paris, Helen. The Guerilla Guide to Performance Art: How to Make a Living as an Artist. London: Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, 2001.

Hill, Leslie and Paris, Helen Ed. Performance and Place. Palgrave Macmillan 2006.

Hill, Leslie and Paris, Helen. Guerilla Performance and Multimedia. London: Continuum, 2001.

Harvie, Jen. Staging the UK. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005.

Holdsworth, Nadine. And Luckhurst, Mary. Ed. A concise companion to contemporary British and Irish drama. Oxford : John Wiley & Sons, Ltd 2008.

Harvie, Jen. Nationalizing the "Creative Industries", Contemporary Theatre Review. Volume 13, Issue 1, 2003 p 15-32

Kennedy, Liam Ed. Remaking Birmingham The Visual Culture of Urban Regeneration. London: Routhledge, 2004.

Kershaw, Baz. Ed. The Cambridge History of British Theatre, Volume 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Lehmann, Hans-Thies. Postdramatic Theatre. Translated by Karen Jurs-Munby. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Levinson, Ralph. Nicholson, Helen. Parry, Simon. Ed. Creative encounters: new conversations in science education and the arts. London: Wellcome Trust, 2008.

Parrish, David. T-Shirts and Suits, A Guide to the Business of Creativity. Liverpool: Merseyside ACME 2005.

Parry, Simon. Pulse: Youth Arts Inspired by Biomedical Science. London: The Wellcome Trust, 2005.

Parry, Simon. Imagining cosmopolitan space: spectacle, rice and global citizenship Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance Volume 15 Number 3 August 2010 Routhledge, Taylor and Francis Group 2010

Rycroft, Steve. Ed. MU123 Discovering mathematics, Book B. Units 5-7. The Open University, 2010.

Thomas, Alex A full plate in Teaching Drama, Autumn term 2 2018/19.
Diverse Assembly: Some Trends in Recent Performance" in Shank, Theodore.Ed. Contemporary British Theatre. Palgrave Macmillan 1996.

Vincent, J., Edwards, A., Tynan, D. & Stillman, G. MathsWorld 10 for Queensland. Melbourne: Macmillan, 2008.

Willis, A. John. Theatre World Volume 64. Crown Publishers 2007.

Herbert, Ian. Theatre Record, Performing Arts. Volume 28, Issues 14-26

Plays and Players, Issues 478-487, Hansom Books, 1994.

Parker, C. The Wire, Volumes 120-124

Los Angeles Magazine, Volume 52, 2007.

Sara complied this bibliography as part of her MA studies at Warwick University in 2011.

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