Monthly Archives: April 2014

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Site Visits


My advice: always do a site visit if you can. Obviously site visits are extravagant, they cost you travel and they cost you time, they may even cost you accommodation and you may not be able to afford any of those things – in which case, don’t do a site visit – but if you can, do.

Unless you’re a gifted architect it’s unlikely that photographs and a floor plan will come close to allowing you to envisage your show strongly in a space. When you are in a space you can focus in on details or be inspired by relationships, proportions and accidentals that an outside would not be able to spot and you wouldn’t be able to ask about (unknown unknowns).

Site visits fill you with confidence and allow you to plan with more assurance but they are also wonderful diplomatically. Nothing convinces a host venue/promoter/festival of your commitment than your jumping in a car / plane / train in order to visit them and their proposed venue for your show. This goodwill is built on further in the conversations you will inevitable have about the show on their turf, your site visit will help them inspire their staff and audience about your show. When you arrive with your show you will be a returning friend and everything will be easy from the off.

Today I had a meeting in London with the Warwick Commission and so took the opportunity to visit BAC, the site of our forthcoming production Finger Trigger Bullet Gun as part of LIFT. Even though I had seen photos of their Lower Hall and a floor plan, even though I have been reassured by trusted third parties that the Lower Hall would be fine for the show I still chose to extend my visit by six hours in order to just stand in the space and size it up.

BAC has developed significantly since my last visit four years ago, which in itself was a huge development on my previous visit. The Lower Hall didn’t hold any surprises but it was worth doing. The most outrageous site visit in Stan history? Craig and Karen, Of All The People In All The World, Melbourne: worth it.

Fierce Festival: It’s moving from I to It. Performance. Eastside Projects. 6.30-8pm Tuesday 29th April

It’s moving from I to It – The Play

FormContent & Tim Etchells
29 April, 6.30-8pm

Fierce is really excited to be attending the performance of the final chapter of ‘It’s moving from I to It.’ Written and Directed by Tim Etchells.

The piece is commissioned by London-based curatorial initiative FormContent and is a new performance for two actors. ‘It’s moving from I to It’ has taken shape through a series of commissioned text, workshops, exhibitions, readings and public events, including an exhibition at Eastside Projects in 2012.

Tim Etchells was invited to draw upon the dense body of voices and responded with a linguistically unstable performance, a subjective and playful reading of the thematics of the whole project.

For more information on FormContent and It’s moving from I to It see here

For information about It’s moving from I to It at Eastside Projects see here

A performance not to be missed- Tim Etchells is also Artistic Director for Forced Entertainment, who are featured in Fierce 2014!

See you there.

Tickets £5. Book by emailing Pay on the door.


The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: There’s more to the Hippodrome than the main stage!

Every week actors and dancers from around the world perform at Birmingham Hippodrome but our work with actors, performers and other artists is not confined to the stage.   You may already be aware of the work of Hippodrome Plus - bringing free events to the streets of Southside and giving a diverse range of […]

The Official Birmingham Hippodrome Blog: HIPPODROME FUNDRAISING GALA GATHERS PACE…

Corporate Development Manager, Judith Greenburgh writes… A large portion of my time at the moment is dedicated to being part of the team putting in place the final preparations for the most dazzling night in our fundraising calendar. The Gala Dinner on Sat 10 May is a spectacular and memorable evening at the theatre with […]

Stan's Cafe Theatre Company: Big Vinyl


Our agent in Canada has sent through this image of Barbara Kruger’s installation Belief & Doubt at the Hirshhorn museum in Washington DC. Whilst most there were admiring the visual impact and processing the work’s conceptual dimensions our man was in industrial espionage mode: “how on earth have they applied these vast rolls of vinyl so flawlessly?” (see third photograph down).

We thought our vinyl application was good but now the bar has been raised significantly.

Created in Birmingham » Theatre: Birmingham Opera company presents, ‘KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry’

“Born of a passion and a belief that opera can speak directly to all kinds of people, Artistic Director, Graham Vick, set out to create a company that the people of Birmingham – a city of many peoples – could be proud of…

…We’ve got more exploring to do to discover where opera can be performed. How to perform it. How to re-write the rules of engagement between audiences and performer. How to experiment with space and acoustics. Who can we make it speak to?”

Birmingham Opera Company would like to invite you to their production of Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry.  You may have already heard a sneak preview at Springhill Tesco Superstore, where professional soloists Joseph Guyton and Stephanie Corley were accompanied by Sergey Rybin on piano. The singers performed a selection of opera favourites from Tosca, Madame Butterfly and Othello, demonstrating their talents whilst preparing to play the roles of Prince Andrei and Emma in this latest production.

The opera will take place in a big top tent at Cannon Hill Park, with performances at 7pm on the 22nd, 24th, 28th and 30th April before a final performance on the 2nd May.

The story depicts Russia in the midst of a division between powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence. Musorgsky paints a devastating portrait of a nation on the brink of collapse; torn apart by state corruption, religious fanaticism, social inequality and ethnic cleansing.

The unique setting and involvement from local performers already sets the bar for an interesting series of evenings. Birmingham Opera Company released an open call for singers with varied to little experience in performance, asking them to join in with rehearsals several days a week. If you’d like to become involved with Birmingham Opera Company’s projects yourself, then please contact them at .

We wish the cast and Birmingham Opera Company the best of luck for the shows. For telephone booking information please call 0121 246 6632 Monday – Friday 9:00am-11:00am or use the following link for further information and online booking.

mid * point: Kindle’s newest show is coming home to Birmingham

A Journey Round My Skull is about a passionate yet doomed love affair and invites you, the audience, to undergo brain surgery via wireless headphones. Inspired by the perplexing experience of auditory hallucinations described by satirist Frigyes Karinthy in his extraordinary medical memoir, this new show playfully examines the complexity of our most intimate relationships.
Come on down to Midlands Arts Centre on Thursday 1st May, 8pm. (show runs 1 hour)
Following the performance will be a discussion with our medical collaborator David McAlpine Professor of Auditory Neuroscience UCL and sound designer Iain Armstrong to talk about the brain, hearing and sound design.
Tickets available through mac Sales and Info: 0121 446 3232 and online

mid * point: Lighting Designer wanted to create a lighting plan for a National UK Tour of an extraordinary, thought provoking sell out play.

Candidates need to show evidence of the following:

  • Must be an experienced lighting designer
  • Must be experienced in operating lighting related equipment
  • a keen interest in theatre and performing arts
  • imagination, creativity and the ability to present ideas to others
  • excellent visual awareness and design skills
  • the ability to work with others, at all levels, as part of a team
  • ability to solve problems
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • able to work quickly and accurately
  • be resourceful and adaptable
  • excellent management skills
  • perseverance and patience
  • ability to prioritise and to meet deadlines;
  • tact and diplomacy
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations.
  • a high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work flexible hours

To apply applicants must include the following information:


  • Covering letter with full address and contact details
  • Recent CV including any web links and the contact details of 2 referees.
  • Expression of Interest (maximum 500 words) explaining why you are suitable for this position.



Salary is negotiable

Closing Date: Friday 16th May, 2014, 4pm


To apply or make enquiries please email us at:


mid * point: ICU Transformational Arts LTD calls all Creative Practitioners to deliver Empowerment Programmes that promote emotional well-being

ICU is currently seeking practitioners from any industry where creativity plays a role. For example dance, design, visual art, music, physical theatre, digital media etc.

At ICU, we run engaging, multi-dimensional programmes and workshops in schools, using the creative arts as a vehicle for long lasting and holistic change in young people. With a focus on personal empowerment and transformation, our formula is totally life changing!

Are you???…

  • Highly creative
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Able to inspire change.
  • Passionate about nurturing creativity in children.
  • Able to collaborate with other practitioners as well as working on your own.
  • Adaptable, reliable, and patient.
  • Experienced in working with vulnerable groups, and/or delivering issue-based work
  • A team player with a positive attitude  and a willingness to learn and grow as an artist/practitioner


All candidates must:

  • Have at least 12 months experience of working with primary/secondary children and adults
  • Be self-Employed
  • Be at least 18 years +
  • Have motivation, passion and commitment
  • Have a current CRB check
  • Have real integrity and a passion to see all young people realise their full potential.
  • Be able to work to the highest standard
  • Be able to manage children with challenging behaviour
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have made a difference to the lives of the people they have worked with and have a proven track record of empowering young people to achieve their best


To apply applicants must include the following information:


  • Covering letter with full address and contact details
  • Recent CV including any web links and the contact details of 2 referees
  • Expression of Interest (maximum 500 words) explaining why you are suitable for this position, an outline of your approach as a creative practitioner, and how it relates to the way we work.


  • A brief work plan for 1, two hour session, including your aims and objectives and what you would normally charge to deliver this. The work plan must be aimed at raising the self esteem/ self confidence of 15 young people aged 10-15.


Closing Date: Friday 16th May, 2014, 4pm


To apply or make enquiries please email us at:



Contract Type: Part-time, self-employed contract for academic year / project-based work

Hours: Based around the school day


Salary is negotiable



mid * point: INVITATION – Birmingham Hippodrome Youth Ambassdors

Hippodrome Plus is Birmingham Hippodrome’s packed programme beyond the main stage, thousands of people enjoy the very best in free performances and access events, with hundreds of opportunities for schools and colleges – all delivering the best possible live theatre experience both in and outdoors.


We are now eager to develop our Youth Ambassador scheme in consultation with you and various 18-24 individuals. The scheme will ensure young people are part of key discussions that inform a variety of our programmes throughout the year.


We invite you to join in a fun, creative and informal conversation where we will be asking the big question:


“What should our Youth Ambassador programme look like and how can we spread the word?”

Thursday 1st May

4pm and 6pm

Stageside Bar & Restaurant, Thorp St, Southside, Birmingham.

Refreshments provided


We will ask some questions along the way all you need to do is join in the conversation and ask your own!


It is FREE to attend the event and due to limited space can you please let me know whether you can attend by Tuesday 29th April 2014.

If you cannot attend the whole event but would like to drop in for some of it please let us know.


We look forward to hearing from you.