Monthly Archives: June 2011

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Prep & Prep

Whilst Simon is at a secure location in Leicestershire knocking out vinyl cutting instructions attention has turned in the office to Australian visas for the Autumn, website to hold the notes from the recent Open Space event, BE Festival opening next week and our impending trip to Buenos Aires with Of All The People In All The World (OATP).

Craig and I have been getting stuck into research for OATP. We have some historic statistics already translated into Spanish from earlier gigs in Spain but this is our first trip with the show to South America. Working in a new culture with a such a politically charged recent history makes it an exciting challenge. There is a lot of local suspicion of the National Statistics Office and loads of stuff is in a language we don’t speak, it is properly challenging but I love doing this research, I could happily spend weeks doing it.

mid * point: BE FESTIVAL 2011 is about to have lift-off!

BE FESTIVAL 2011 is about to have lift-off!

We are just a few days away from Birmingham’s week-long feast of international theatre and dance. 

From 4-10 July, the city will be home to 19 daring and delightful shows from across Europe, plus live and local music, inspiring workshops and talks, delicious food and a late-night bar. 

The festival begins at mac (MIdlands Arts Centre), where on the 4 and 5 July you can see the show that won BE FESTIVAL 2010, back by popular demand, the astonishing Translunar Paradise by multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum ( Tickets cost £10 (£7 concessions) and can be booked here:

The main programme takes place at the atmospheric AE Harris Factory in the Jewellery Quarter, where 16 new shows will be presented over four nights from 6-9 July. Each evening, starting at 7pm, you will see four shows (each lasting around 30 mins), with an interval for dinner in the middle. Delicious hot meals are served at the festival restaurant, where you can meet the performers and enjoy the unique atmosphere. A ticket to all four shows is just £10, and tickets can be booked here: Dinner costs £7 and can be bought at the box office on the day.

A four day pass for all 16 shows can be bought for £35, and to book one you need to call the mac box office on 0121 446 3232.
There’s also a day of international theatre for children - Little BE - taking place at mac on Sunday 10th July, with free workshops, juggling and lots of surprises. Tickets cost £10/7 concessions.
The attached e-flyer gives details of our full line-up, and there is information about each of the shows on our website:
You can also download our festival brochure here (13 Meg):
We can only sell 130 tickets per day, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you at the international event of the summer!

View our trailer:

Translunar Paradise and Little BE
4-5 July
Cannon Hill Park
B12 9QH
Tickets: £10/7

Main Programme
6-9 July
AE Harris
110 Northwood St
B3 1SZ
Tickets: £10
4-10 July 2011

mid * point: Open Space June 2011 – notes now online

Mid*Point successfully hosted an Open Space event for the West Midlands theatre community at AE Harris, Birmingham on 23rd & 24th June 2011, with the essential support of Stan’s Cafe.

A blog hosting all the session notes can be viewed here:

Please do read, and continue the conversation by commenting on the posts.

mid * point: mac Birmingham and Red Earth Theatre – Call for Performers

 mac Birmingham and Red Earth Theatre – Call for Performers

The Lost Happy Endings adapted from the book by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Jane Ray, co-produced by Red Earth Theatre and mac (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Venue:mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Production Dates: 3 December – 7 January 2012

Rehearsals: 14 November – 2 December 2011

Red Earth Theatre and mac Birmingham are reviving their fabulous show The Lost Happy Endings for the autumn/Christmas season.

Birmingham Post – 5 Stars “Once upon a perfect.”

Birmingham Mail – 4 Stars ““A bold, imaginative show.”

We are looking for

A male or female performer to play a sassy, scary, tricksy, charming, calculating, uncouth witch – with amazing physicality and movement skills.

You will also be an ensemble member (in a cast of 4) with the following skills/experience:

  • Devising experience
  • Physical theatre 
  • Dance
  • Puppetry
  • A commitment to working in an integrated and inclusive company


  • British Sign Language Level 2 or above 


London week commencing 25 July


Birmingham week commencing 1 August

Pay based on Equity/ITC minimum.

Please email or send hard copy of CV and headshot by: 5pm, Friday 15 July


Fierce Festival: British Council Edinburgh Showcase website is live. . .

Fierce is excited to be supporting the presentation of Rotating In a Room of Images by Lundahl & Seitl at the British Council Edinburgh Showcase this August. The British Council have launched a great new website with interviews with the artists featuring in this year’s showcase including the one below:

Lundahl and Seitl’s work, Symphony of a Missing Room was a highlight of the last Fierce Festival in March this year. Fierce sees the continued support of artists who have engaged in our festival as key to our ambition for Fierce’s role to be continuously nurturing, rather than solely within the context of a festival project.

We’ll be blogging more extensively about our activities in Edinburgh next week!

Pentabus Blog: The Country habit has me by the heart

So here we are, mid-way through rehearsals, and about to decamp from Ludlow back to London. On Monday we pick up rehearsals in the downstairs space at Hampstead Theatre. Almost two weeks of rehearsing in the performance space itself is a rare luxury, and will be particularly beneficial in a production such as this, where the specificity of actions choreographed in real space is a score as complex as the spoken text itself. The last week has engaged us in finding an acting style for the play, making rules in order to break them, refining our performance language. At times it has felt impossibly complex and foggy and at others it has felt very clear and very simple. Increasingly it feels clear and simple and theatrically right. We are getting there, and later today our final act in the Ludlow rehearsal venue will be to run the whole play, working through all our findings so far, to see what is there.
And then we leave Ludlow. Which is a thought which on this final morning makes me feel a little sad. Outside our rehearsal rooms is the most amazing view – every shade of green and, whether sun or rain, a heap-load of beauty. I will miss the intense greens of Ludlow, the wild rabbits, the watchful sheep, the generosity of the people, the steady sleek river, the organic food centre with it’s pies and cheeses and breads, and not forgetting the pork sandwiches at Vaughan’s. This morning I stood by the Butter Cross and looked down across the town and a line from Vita Sackville-West popped into my head: “the country habit has me by the heart.” Ludlow has been a glorious place to rehearse, and great to be working in – and able to explore – the town where Tim’s play is so specifically set. So in a way we’ll be taking Ludlow with us to London, because it’s so much the world of the play. Do Vaughan’s deliver to London?
See you in Hampstead!
Ben Webb

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Sandwell Steps: Day 2

Today, yesterday’s grand plans had to be turned into fine detail, fine detail being a list in Simon’s Steps Notebook of exactly what needs to designed and how many items of each design need to be set out in what colour. Weirdly, it all worked out straightforwardly and Simon was running for his laptop by 4.30. Anyone would have thought we’d done this kind of thing before.