Stan's Cafe: One looks, marvels and understands

Close Shave

November 13th, 2012


The appearance of a coffin and Barber’s chair in the venue can mean only one thing: Sweeney Todd is coming to town. Atomicus productions have a live band in and tickets cost just £12 for adults and half price for children . Open for business tomorrow until Saturday.

Reckless Sleepers

October 30th, 2012

It was an exciting day today as Reckless Sleepers started building the box of tricks for their Schrodinger show. Reckless Sleepers and Stan’s Cafe are close contemporaries, we’re delighted they have made the commitment to bring one of their most famous shows to Birmingham, we hope a good crowd turns out for this rare opportunity to catch it.

Reasons to be Cheerful

October 5th, 2012


The lure of The Merchant of Venice here next week will be strong, but for anyone wavering undecided, comes news to clinch the deal – we now have hand towel dispensers in the toilets and new taps AND new toilet roll holders (though we’re not bragging so much about these, as they’re not too compatible with our high grade toilet roll (we may have to step down a ply or two)). Come and enjoy the theatre: come and enjoy a whole new washroom experience.

Invasion Coming To An End

September 28th, 2012


It’s upsetting how readily and regularly artists are inspired to locate visions of a post-apocalypse world in our beloved venue, but there’s no accounting for such leaps of the imagination. This camp is part of the group exhibition Invasion which finishes on Sunday. It’s well worth seeing. There is a great range of work by 39 artists, including Stan’s Cafe collaborator Ana Rutter.

FRED The Merchant of Venice

September 21st, 2012

@ A E Harris things are kept a bit classy. Earlier in the year Theatre Ark brought us The Tempest now FRED are coming to the home of Stan with more Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice. Read the rest of this entry »

Reckless Sleepers to Visit

September 21st, 2012

We are proud to be able to announce that Reckless Sleepers have chosen @ A E Harris as the venue for the presentation of two of their shows. Read the rest of this entry »

Invasion Starts

September 20th, 2012

Thirty nine visual artists are setting their work up @ A E Harris as part of the Invasion group exhibition. Early signs look great, there is a wide range of work ranging from sculptures, installation pieces, oil paintings, drawings, a sound piece and video work. The curators are doing a clever job with the artists matching the venue’s architecture, fittings and accumulated ‘stuff’ to show the work off to best effect.

Holding Space Offers

September 14th, 2012

Holding Space is a consortium comprising Black Country Touring, mac: birmingham, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company, Stan’s Cafe and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by Arts Council England, its objective is to help theatre thrive in the West Midlands. As a step towards this the consortium is offering a series of commissions, large, small and digital alongside producer bursaries and a marketing initiative. All offers are open to theatre makers living and working in the region. The deadline for applications is very soon (30th September), but the application process is simple. Full details and the application form can be found at

Invasion – Transient Art

September 6th, 2012

@AE Harris is being taken over at the end of September by a group of forty artists with work including painting, film, sculpture, installation, sound and performance

As the Transient Art publicity expains…

Artworks will be placed, lent, hung on existing fittings, be portable, free standing etc. The opening event will fall towards the end of September when the nights will be getting darker once again and the audience will enter into an intriguing world of visual art, performance and music within the dimly lit structure as they explore and investigate.

There is an opening event on Friday 21st September from 5pm. The show then runs from 22nd – 30th September (weekdays 1pm – 5pm and weekends 11am – 5pm).

More information can be found at

Bond’s Broken Bowl

July 11th, 2012


We are delighted to be hosting Big Brum and their long time collaborator, the highly revered playwright, Edward Bond as they stage The Broken Bowl, a new play for young people aged 9 – 13.

Previous experience with Bond’s bold and rigorous suggests to us that it will be well worth visiting even if you are significantly older than 13 – a rare chance to catch up with one of the more significant figures in our theatre’s history. Performances are on Thursday and Friday at 7:30. Tickets are cheap and can be bought here.

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