Stan's Cafe: One looks, marvels and understands

It’s Coming Back!

April 17th, 2014

News! Things have been happening @ A E Harris. True, Chapman Driver Seating (a trading division of A E Harris & Co. (Birmingham) Ltd.) are now knocking out stacks of beautiful driver seats where once we all knocked out art BUT next door, devious art moves are afoot. Read the rest of this entry »

Valadictory Performance

September 12th, 2013

To mark the transition of @ A E Harris from large to small format venue Stan’s Cafe will be creating a special, site-specific piece with a cast of guest performers from companies who have performed in the venue over the last five years. The show will be performed on 10th and 12th October. The title is yet to be announced. Please save the date.

Important Announcement

August 15th, 2013

From mid-October @ A E Harris will be converting to become a more intimate venue. A E Harris (Birmingham) Ltd. are taking back the spaces known as Europe, Asia, Africa and The Americas in order to increase their manufacturing capacity and meed increased demand. Stan’s Cafe will continue to occupy the remainder of the venue and operate Australia as a rehearsal space and venue with an audience capacity of 50.

We are no longer taking bookings for the large spaces but are keen to hear from people interested in making independent theatre in Australia.

Many of us will have fond memories of shows in the ‘large format’ @ A E Harris and in order to celebrate this space a final time Stan’s Cafe will be making and performing a special show across the venue… details to be announced SOON.

After The Event

July 15th, 2013

As well has hosting performances @ A E Harris is often used as a rehearsal venue for shows that are staged elsewhere. We were proud to host some early rehearsals for a new show After the Event by Work In Progress. This is a free outdoor performance that starts at 20:00 on 19th & 20th July in Price’s Square, Northfield High Street. If you arrive an hour early there is entertainment and food laid on to get you ready for the main event. If you have youngsters and 20:00 is a bit late then a matinee is what you need and fortuitously there is one on the Saturday at 13:00 (build up from 12:00). We wish them well.

Birmingham Fest

June 17th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that @ A E Harris is one of four venues hosting productions as part of the first edition of
“Birmingham Fest” a new performing arts festival in the city.

The festival runs for two and a half weeks (12th – 28th July) and draws together artists and companies from across the UK. Other venues are The Blue Orange, The Crescent and The Old Joint Stock.

Our shows are Tempestory (see image above) and Twelfth Night. Details of both can be found by clicking through the diary links to the right here.

For details of other Birmingham Fest events visit their website.

Open Space 2013

June 10th, 2013

Photo Credit: Graeme Braidwood

Invitation to Open Space

Matt Burman, Louisa Davies, Steve Johnston, Frances Land, Roxana Silbert and James Yarker invite you to address the question:


We all share a passion for Theatre and for its growth in the region. Individually we are all committed and working to this cause but experience tells us that our greatest strength comes when we work together. It has been two years since the theatre tribes of the West Midlands have come together in Open Space to chart paths and forge alliances. This time has come again.

Please come if at all possible: RSVP
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June 4th, 2013

For one night only a series of encounters, performances, installations and projections will be set up throughout the venue. Resulting from a variety of cross-art form collaborations between students at Birmingham City University this promises to be a spectacular event, it’s free, the bar is cheap and it should be lovely weather – what a great evening we have planned for you.

Pilot Night is back

May 7th, 2013

It’s been a while but finally we are pleased to welcome back PILOT NIGHT on 16th May. Tin Box are curating this event, there is visual art, an installation, food, acoustic music and a fistful of theatre.

Anne Pawlak: Wonderful World of Dissocia
Gergo Danka: He Was a Bad Man
Joe Hancock: Joe Hancock Presents A Piece about Faded Childhood Genius That is in No Way Autobiographical.
Rambling Heart: The Vaudeville Icarus
SPITZ & CO: Gloriator
Urban Foxes Collective: The Last Dance of the Twenty Odd’s…

Doors open for ancillary activities at 18:30 and the theatre kicks off at 19:30.

Polish Art back @ A E Harris

April 28th, 2013

Artist, Reveal Yourself! is organised by PAiL, West Midlands in collaboration with Polish Expats Association. It launches on the 3rd of May 2013 @ AE Harris. For three days, visitors will have a chance to see visual art, experience theatre, music, slam poetry, and participate in a range of workshops. Read the rest of this entry »

Factory Folk

April 26th, 2013

A collection of memories from past industrial workers, the narratives of Factory Folk are stories collected from real people throughout the north of England, giving an insight into the lives of past factory workers and their families. Blending their words with live music and performance, the show’s heart-warming tales will take you on a journey through the hardship of Twentieth Century Factory Life.

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