Archive for the ‘Stan’s Cafe’ Category

Stanniversary

06Dec16

Stan’s Cafe is 25 Years Old. In the Autumn of 1991 James and I moved into the terraced house at 85 Ombersley Rd., Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and the Stan’s Cafe adventure began in earnest. By the end of November we had started rehearsals for the very first project, Perry Como’s Christmas Cracker, and the first […]


I confess I find van-loads and get-ins energising; even exciting. Whilst it is arguably the hardest, most arduous part of gigging and something oft to be dreaded, Stan’s Cafe prides itself on an history of everyone mucking in. There are plenty of jobbing actors who might balk at the idea of emptying a truck or shifting set, but […]


Rehearsals have started for a latest offering from Stan’s Cafe; “Finger, Trigger, Bullet, Gun”. Unusually for Stan, this is a commisssioned play, penned by Serbian writer, director and former MP. Nenad Prokic. “Finger, Trigger, Bullet, Gun” concerns itself with the political manœverings which led to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914 – an action credited with igniting World War I. […]


Sieg-fried

07Apr14

twilightofthefreakingods glimmer #2 from Stans Cafe on Vimeo. According to Peter Cann, It was a death scene so arch and so protracted that it rivalled Jimmy Cagney’s in Public Enemy (see here). Lasting 15-minutes or more, and unrehearsed, the job was to wind up on the palate and be able to remain there motionless for […]


Paint It Black

06Apr14

Last Autumn, following the 4-hour staging of twilightofthefreakingods, Stan’s Cafe bade farewell to the epic industrial spaces of A.E.HarrisVenue, handing them back to the A.E.Harris Co. manufactory. The previous five years’ occupancy had seen countless spectacular works, performances and events – from the 112-tonne world version of The Rice Show (Of All The People In All The World) […]


Living Toys

27Jan14

It’s the realisation of a dream combination; Stan’s Cafe v. Modified Toy Orchestra v. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. ‘Living Toys’ is a programme of new music performed for a family audience, with Stan’s Cafe devising a theatrical frame through which young eyes and ears might access and experience contemporary music for the first time. ‘Living […]


A Year of Stan

24Dec13

2013 was impressively productive for Stan’s Cafe and I’m chuffed to have been involved in projects throughout the year. Here is a downloadable cartoon round-up, by Craig; http://www.stanscafe.co.uk/downloads/2013_summary.pdf


twilight

13Dec13

twilightofthefreakingods glimmer #1 from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.


The Anatomy of Melancholy Trailer from Stans Cafe on Vimeo.   Stan’s Cafe presents The Anatomy of Melancholy Written four hundred years ago by librarian and vicar Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy has been described as ‘the greatest book ever written’. Its 1500 pages are full of cutting-edge science, maids vomiting pebbles, priests defecating […]


Join Stan’s Cafe for a very special new production. Twilightofthefreakingods celebrates five glorious years @AEHarris. It will be the last performance at the venue before it ‘downsizes’ and we are planning to say goodbye in spectacular fashion. Twilightofthefreakingods is a large-scale theatrical experiment that slowly unfolds over 255 minutes with a cast of 13 ranging over more than 2000 square metres of performance space. It is a piece of visual theatre (very) loosely inspired by Götterdämmerung with the wonderful Nina West (The Cleansing of Constance Brown soundtrack) replacing Wagner at the sonic controls. The cast will be drawn from companies who have performed @AEHarris over the last five years. There will be no rehearsals, instead the cast will work from instructions and timetables unaware of what anyone else in the room will be doing. It will be an extraordinary occasion. As the show is both a celebration and unusually long, the bar will be open throughout serving flaming cocktails alongside snacks and more familiar drinks. Both cabaret and raked seating will be available for you to either engross yourself in the show or discuss it as it unfolds with your friends. You can change your viewing angle whenever you wish to concentrate on whatever strand of action you find most absorbing. Whatever happens it will be an event about which you will always want to say “and I was there”. There are just two performances: Thursday 10th October 19:00 – 23:15 and Saturday 12th October 19:45 – 24:00 Audience numbers are limited to 100 per night. To book please click here to visit our secure on-line Box Office and join us for this unique event. Twilightofthefreakingods is produced in association with Reel Access and Flatpack.