IT'S YOUR FILM presented by STAN'S CAFE in association with Way Of Life
at The Landsdowne, 25 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8FU Friday 3 May – Sunday 12 May
Afternoons and evenings on weekdays, mornings and afternoons at the weekend.
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"The theatre has turned itself inside out, but it is still theatre. And beautiful theatre too."
An act of Victorian illusion, a fairground ride, a peep show, a piece of live cinema... It's Your Film is a three minute long performance staged for an audience of one. It was made in a four day period in June 1998 and is perhaps Stan's Cafe's most popular show. It has now been performed around 4,500 times. It has been performed in France, Estonia, Lithuania, Croatia, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Macedonia, Italy, Spain and the UK.
Inspired by the Insomniac Productions' shows "L'Ascensore" (1992) and "Clair De Luz" (1993), It's Your Film uses the cinematic language of long shots, close ups, exteriors, interiors, cuts and dissolves to hint at a story of lost love and detection. It looks like a film and yet is perfomed live by two actors. More than its ellusive narrative, the piece is about what an audience contributes in the act of viewing. It is about watching and being watched, acts of illusion, imagination and perspective.
International touring has been made possible with financial assistance from The British Council.
Made between 1st & 4th June 1998 by
Sarah Dawson, Amanda Hadingue, Craig Stephens and James Yarker
Music: Webster West Ink
Additional perfomance: Mike Kirchner, Jake Oldershaw, Graeme Rose, Benny Semp,
Nick Walker, Andy Watson
Additional operation: Brian Duffy, Charlotte Goodwin
Joinery: Neville Stephens
Show Photography: Ed Dimsdale
Comissioned by The Bond Gallery, Birmingham.
Restaging supported by West Midlands Arts.
Private view hosted by Ikon Gallery Birmingham.
"At the heart of most of Stan's Cafe's works there is a simple idea, which is then pursued with an extreme boldness bordering on recklessness."
"Stans Cafe creates all of its own productions and provides unusual independent theatre related to the world and current affairs."
Amazing. Really powerful drama. Spellbinding
An amazing experience. Engagement with audience is intense and extremely satisfying. Each image had an impact that I feel I want to hold onto and remember.
Magical, atmospheric and absorbing.
It's Hitchcock on stage!
A wonderful experience. Great the way I became part of it.
So much thought provoking imagery in such a short period of time.
Very enjoyable. Which was real? Which was film?
Wow! That really was my film/play. I was moved by the whole experience.
Incredible disorientating experience.
Wonderful! I felt totally part of the whole thing. The shortest 3 minutes of my life.
I am speechless! What does a critic write about such a brief and charming encounter? Maybe just this.
Fantastic personal experience. Didn't want to come out.
A wonderful combination of the live and film.
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