Posts Tagged ‘Stan’s Cafe’

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.

This is a trailer of the Stan's Cafe show The Cardinals. Three Cardinals in crimson robes are on a mission of evangelism. They are on tour with a puppet show they have made that sets out their abbreviated and extrapolated reading of the bible. The reading is abbreviated as it stages only a relatively small […]

their eminences


Backstage @AEHarris venue, home of Stan’s Cafe, prior to the final performance The Cardinals. 2/2/13 (Gerard Bell, Craig Stephens & Graeme Rose. photo courtesy of Rochi Rampal)

First Bitten


If I start attempting an intelligible critique at this time of the morning I’ll get no sleep and will probably lose heart and give up anyway, so a brief shout to China Plate and all the artists who made up an excellent evening of performance extracts at Stan’s Cafe’s @AEHarris space tonight. Out of a […]

The Commentators is an unlikely phenomenon that has become the latest addition to the Stan’s Cafe portfolio. Since the success of Stan’s 24-hour Scalextric, collaborations with Birmingham Royal Ballet and the BCMG are in the offing. This is a project with educational potential too. The idea has already been picked up as a literacy tool […]

Chris Corcoran is the new Craig and it’s great to have him back on the Stan roster for the first time since our Morality Shopping escapade on Bromsgrove High Street in 1994. Strange though that with new performers on stage you start to learn fresh details about the show. With Fiona’s arrival in Mainz came […]



The Cleansing of Constance Brown opens tonight in the elegant surroundings of the Domaine d’O, Montpellier. Director Christopher Crimes specialises in the development and establishing of new venues/programmes. He first booked Stan for a European version of the rice at the impressive Theatre le Quai, in Angers, 2 years ago. Here in Montpellier he is […]

We left Mainz this morning, the company dispersing via Frankfurt airport or the Hauptbahnhof. It has been an excellent, if very tiring week. Our hosts at the Festival, namely Nike and Tom, have been incredibly warm and generous to us. They loved the show and were only sorry that not more people could have seen […]

Pilot night


Last thursday, 2nd July, the latest Pilot Night was hosted at the A.E.Harris space and there was palpable excitement. The presented work was challenging, bold, varied and often entertaining. Too rarely is there a sense of collective pride about what can be achieved on the West Mids Arts scene, but here – assisted enormously by […]

You know when you’ve made it, when, whilst checking flight-cases into the Oversized Baggage desk at BHX, there’s a whisper behind you. “They’re a band,” a guy tells his girlfriend. And you know what? For once we are. The exotic range of hair & beard gives the game away. Touring ‘Voodoo City’ with Stan’s Cafe […]