About Us

Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, but mostly theatre makers, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of an evolving team of long term collaborators and associated artists, the line up changes according to the project being worked upon.


Origin Story: Back in 1991 Graeme Rose and James Yarker, graduates of Lancaster University agreed to form a theatre company whilst eating at Stan’s Cafe, just off Brick Lane in London.


They wanted an unusual name, but one that wasn’t too aggressive, too posturing, a cheap joke, a bad pun or overly earnest. Station House Opera had always seemed a good name, mainly because they didn’t do opera. So there you go… Stan’s Cafe (pronounced Caff).


Birmingham: When Stan’s Cafe was formed the company could have located anywhere, but Graeme was from Birmingham and knew the city well. The place was cheap to live in and easy to tour from. There were no companies resembling the one they wanted Stan’s Cafe to be already in the city and they fancied being big fish in a big pond.


In the early 1990s Birmingham was in the middle of the enormous civic investment programme so it seemed like an energetic place to locate.
After working out of a shared house and later James’ bedsit Stan’s Cafe got its first office at MAC in 1997. In 2000 they moved to a first floor factory unit overlooking the railway just outside New Street Station. When that was demolished they moved to the Jewellery Quarter and in January 2009 they took over a vast corner of the A E Harris metal working factory. For a decade they ran this space as a venue, rehearsal space and storage facility for the local theatre community. After that space was demolished the company moved to its current space, Our Facility – an Edwardian school building in Selly Oak

2010s

19058About Us

Rebecca Rochelle

A writer and drama practitioner. Rebecca is brilliant at working with young people. She ran Drama Club for us in Saltley and Washwood Heath acadmies. She directed both their productions of Us & Them and Time Critical. Amonst other Creative Learning work for Stan’s Cafe she has led The Oaks Primary School through The Classroom Stage and directed City Road Primary in their production of Precious Emily.

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Roisin Caffrey

(executive producer)
Roisin grew up in Birmingham and returned to the city in April 2015 to take up her post at Stan’s Cafe as joint CEO. She previously worked in the team that delivered Royal de Luxe’s The Giants for Perth International Arts Festival and for Darwin Festival. She has been Executive Producer at NIE, General Manager of Cheek by Jowl and held posts at the Gate Theatre Notting Hill, Theatre-Rites, mac and Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as producing several freelance projects. She has a BA Hons in French & Philosophy from the University of Leeds and the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.

Whilst at Stan’s Cafe she became Chair of Culture Central and was a member of the More Than a Moment steering group, who are working for radical change for the Black creative workforce. She left in 2021 to take on new projects with contemporary artists and organisations, including as Strategic Producer for Selina Thompson Ltd.

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18729About Us

Charlotte Martin

(general manager)
Charlotte started her journey to Stan’s Cafe with a degree in Business Law and postrgraduate diploma in Museum Studies. She first worked for rock promoters Clear Channel Entertainment, before working in various capacities for the Arts Department at Birmingham City Council, Fierce Earth, Cambridge Film Festival and Audiences Central. She joined Stan’s Cafe in 2005 and left in January 2015 having made an incredible impact on the company.

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18727About Us

Nick Sweeting

(advisor/producer)
Nick acted as Advisory Producer for Stan’s Cafe from 2003-2013. His first contact with the company was in the mid ’90s doing consultation work for Arts Council England, intermittent contact developed into a committed ongoing relationship. Nick helped the company greatly though a significant period of evolution and remains a key soundboard for the company and is currently working with us as a producer.

He was a founder member of and Producer for Improbable he now works principally for the Javaad Alipoor Company.

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18721About Us

Joseph Potts

(film maker)
Birmingham based film maker Joseph did on the hoof editing for Framed, has worked with us on a number of film education projects and has provided video documentation for many of the company’s shows.

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18719About Us

Ming De Nasty

(photographer)
A sensational photographer, Ming is our number one documenter of Creative Learning work. She was central to the Treasure Island photo-story we created with Year 2 at Billesley Primary School. You can find Ming’s portfolio here.

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18717About Us

Kate Green

(photographer)
Kate is a photographer who specialises in participatory projects. She as at the core of the Stan’s Cafe team that delivered Trailblazers with 20 schools across Birmingham. Subsequently she has undertaken numerous commissions for the company’s Creative Learning work. Kate’s website.

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18713About Us

Gaeme Braidwood

(photographer)
Graeme became Stan’s Cafe’s principle production photographer in 2009 though impressing the company with his photographs of The Just Price of Flowers. This is his website.

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18709About Us

Andy Whiteoak

(make-up artist)
When The REP Birmingham commissioned Made Up, a show placing the make up process centre stage, they recommended Andy, their long time resident make-up artist who had turned freelance a year earlier. Andy was central to Made Up bringing his experience on film and television sets to the show, as well as his teaching experience and great knowledge of theatre. Andy’s Website.

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18707About Us

Kay Wilton

(costume designer / maker)
Kay lives in Birmingham, has worked for Birmingham Royal Ballet and is now works almost full time at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a costume and hat designer and maker. She made all the period costumes for The Cleansing Of Constance Brown and at incredible speed dressed the whole of The Cardinals and Any Fool Can Start A War, she designed costumes for The Anatomy of Melancholy, coordinated costuming for Noise into Notes and dressed Billesley School’s comic strip version of Treasure Island. She made a new costume for Brünhilde on stage each night of Twilightofthefreakingods and collaborated with Denise on costumes for The Camp. Further examples of her other work can be seen Here.

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18705About Us

Harry Trow

(designer / maker / stage manager)
Harry graduated in Theatre Design from Nottingham Trent University in 2010. He has worked in design and stage management departments a Birmingham Opera Company where he was also Assistant Designer on Stokchausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht . He co-designed For Their own Good, by Untied Artists. His TV work includes making props and puppets for Adastra’s Grandpa in My Pocket, The Ha Ha Hairies and many more productions coming out of Cardiff including Dr. Who where he has taken recent responsibility for the TARDIS
Harry built and sourced props for The Cardinals, worked as Stage Manager for The Cleansing of Constance Brown, redesigned elements of The Just Price of Flowers, designed The Voyage, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Noise into Notes and most recently Made Up.

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18703About Us

Denise Stanton

(sculptor)
Denise is an fantastic sculptor and costume maker: for Stan’s Cafe she is the ‘go to’ person for work devising/installing The Steps Series including an heroic stint installing and maintaining Shakespeare Steps in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Her sculptural costumes were used for the leads in Twilightofthefreakingods and she collaborated with Kay Wilton designing costumes for The Camp. She collaborated on Provocation #1 and is occasionally involved in the company’s Creative Learning work, including producing an amazing Carnival with Rowley Park Academy. You can see her other work here.

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18699About Us

Reel Access

(video makers)
The team at Reel Access have worked on various education projects for the company, particularly in Billesley Primary School. They responded to the challenge of making a video version of Twilightofthefreakingods with a fabulous piece of video art that we haven’t yet managed to show to enough people.

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18697About Us

Ben Pacey

(lighting designer)
Renaissance Man Ben does lots of things, including designing lighting, which he did for A Translation of Shadows. Ben’s Website

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18695About Us

Bob Moulder

(illustrator)
Bob studied art at Watford and Belfast universities and has worked as a professional illustrator for thirty years. He is the illustrator of numerous books and leads illustration/drawing workshops with students. For Stan’s Cafe Bob has run revision workshops, illustrated a probability challenge, done visioning for an as yet unrealised project Ocean Brain and contributed to the Trailblazers project. You can see some of Bob’s work here.

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18689About Us

Billy Hiscoke

(stage manager)
Billy won out at interview for the formidable job as Stage Manager for The Cleansing of Constance Brown. He as also helped out the company with work on Final Steps, 24 Hour Scalextric, Of All The People In All The World and It’s Your Film.

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18687About Us

Johnny O'Hanlon

(deviser / maker)
Co-founder and now artistic director of Birmingham based theatre company HAMFISTED!. Johnny first worked with Stan’s Cafe creating People’s Radio Freedom. He has also toured with The Black Maze and worked on Of All The People In All The World and City Adventure Days. He is a regular collaborator on our Creative Learning work, including a landmark Marble Run at Billesley Primary School.

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18681About Us

Simon Ford

(graphic designer / deviser)
One of the gang of Lancaster University graduates on which Stan’s Cafe is based, Simon and James have been collaborating since 1988, when Simon did both stage and graphic design for a number of student shows. Simon now has his own graphic design business F22 Design where works in collaboration with Eamon Feeney on Stan’s Cafe requirements including the initial design of this website. He has also done education work for the company. In recent years his collaboration with the company has moved to a different level as he has become a lynch-pin of The Steps Series team on location and collaborated with James making What When for Theater Bonn.

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18679About Us

Nigel Edwards

(lighting designer)
Nigel has been designing the lighting for Forced Entertainment for the past 23 years and the last 13 years with Michael Laub/Remote Control. He is also the regular designer for Ryuichi Sakamoto and Diamanda Galas and the recent work by Wendy Houstoun. Other work he is pleased with were premieres of Cleansed, Crave, 4.48 Psychosis, Dirty Butterfly, Stoning Mary plus Roberto Zucco for the RSC and Jenufa for WNO. He also designed the lighting for The Anatomy of Melancholy.

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18677About Us

Mick Diver

(lighting designer)
Mick was semi-resident technician @ A E Harris and his hard work helped transform a factory workshop into something resembling a theatre space. He has designed lighting for Noise into Notes, Living Toys, Pathways and Places and Twilightofthefreakingods. He toured with The Anatomy of Melancholy and A Translation Of Shadows.

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18675About Us

Yinka Danmole

(artist / designer / architect)
Yinka studied architecture in Birmingham. In 2017 he was the Centenary RSA Young Fellow, between 2014 and 2017 he was the Live Ultd Award Winner and in 2019 was designer in residence at the Design Museum in London. Yinka curates and designs cultural events collaborating with artists from across disciplines. For Stan’s Cafe he designed our Flat Pack Stage with students of Billesley Primary School as his clients. He then designed our tented structure for The Camp. Studio Danmole (Yinka’s professional website)

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18671About Us

Gareth Courage

(graphic designer/illustrator)
Gareth is almost the only graphic designer to break Simon Ford’s monopolistic grip on this aspect of the company’s work. Inspired by his art works we commissioned him to design the map for Trailblazers, work with Brookfields Primary on their Big City Writing poetry newspaper and University of Birmingham’s Eye of a Poet newspaper. He also works regularly on our Creative Learning projects.

As part time lecturer in Illustration at the Birmingham City University Gareth organised his first year students to generate illustrations for the front covers of a big set of Stan’s Cafe scripts, the resulting exhibition, entitled The Something of Somebody Something was hung at @AE Harris the books are expected to be printed in early 2019.

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18669About Us

Oliver Clark

(video maker)
Oliver has made and edited episodes of many highly popular and successful televisions documentary series. Through his company FCNK he also specialises in making films for and documenting performance events. He made the film that drives A Translation of Shadows and the video/green screen elements of Made Up, he has also documented many of the company’s shows

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18667About Us

Miguel Angel Giglio Bravo

(artist / designer)
Chilean-Italian designer who created the set for Simple Maths in 1997 and thirteen years later returned in trumph from his home in Rome to design and paint all the fantastic scenary for The Cardinals.

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18665About Us

Maxene Brown

(illustrator)
Maxene graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with a first class degree in illustration then during in a brief internship designed cards that went into production with Hallmark. On moving to Birmingham she was promptly commissioned by students at Billesly Primary School to collaborate with them (and us) on the book What Is A School. After this Maxene also worked with us on an animation project about maths with Rednal Infant School and Nursery Class. You can see lots more of Maxene’s work on her website.

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18663About Us

Simon Bond

(lighting designer)
Simon is resident lighting designer at The REP in Birmingham. He first worked with Stan’s Cafe relighting The Just Price of Flowers for its revival with The REP. He has subsequently also designed for Finger Trigger Bullet Gun and Made Up.

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18657About Us

Michael Wolters

(composer)
Michael is a composer whose works have been performed ad at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester (with Isobel Bowler), Spitalfields Festival (with Isobel Bowler), the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool and various other concert halls, festivals, supermarkets, art galleries, shoe shops, theatres, banks, opera houses, in cafes, on beaches, in cinemas, on the radio, on TV; in the UK, Germany, lots of other European places, in Russia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

He is a founding member of the artists’ collective New Guide to Opera, is one half of Difficult Listening and Deputy Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. With Stan’s Cafe he has composed I See With My Eyes Closed and The Voyage.

You can find out more about his work on his website.

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18655About Us

Nina West

(composer / performer)
Nina was tracked down after a demo track was heard on a compilation CD at a party. With Jane Webster she recorded a rich, evocative soundtrack for Ocean of Storms; a section of which was later appropriated as the soundtrack to It’s Your Film. Her skills as a performer and live musician were key to Lurid and Insane and later she demonstrated her instinctive understanding of how sound works in theatre when composing for Be Proud Of Me. She composed the soundtrack for The Cleansing Of Constance Brown for which she is the only team member to have been present at every performance. She wrote the monumental soundtrack for Twilightofthefrekingods in three weeks and has created the sound worlds for both A Translation of Shadows and Made Up. When required she supplies soundscapes for The Steps Series. You can discover more about her other work by visiting Nina’s Site
Read Nina’s essay

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Jon Ward

(composer / musician / coder)
Jon’s interest in manipulating music, voices and ambient sounds started with jumble sale tape machines and is currently pursued using computers, samplers and esoteric electronic devices. His occasional work for BBC News enables him to make field recordings from around the globe. Jon’s Site – ditdotdat
Stan Work: Voodoo City (engineer), Bingo (Engineer), Simple Maths (composer), Pieces for the Radio Volume 1, Of All The People In All The World (signalnet composer), The Commentators (engineer). Most recently Jon has combined his composing and computational skills to become much of the cleaverness behind Tuning Out With Radio Z. Years ago he built this great micro-site allowing people to construct their own versions of our performance text Bleak Heart Driver.

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18649About Us

Joanna Karselis

(composer / musician)
Jo is a singer-songwriter who also composes music for films. With Stan’s Cafe she created the soundtrack for Ziggi Doesn’t Hate and Merchant of Venice with Saltley Academy. You can hear more about her on her website.

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18643About Us

Peter Maxwell Dixon

(sound artist)
Peter studied composition at Birmingham Conservertoire. He works as a creative sound engineer and composer, working with installation and on-line as well as with live music. He also specialises in Internet Radio and has his own mobile recording studio operating under the name Bassnote. With Stan’s Cafe Peter has keen key in keeping The Commentators audible live and online, he has also contributed his School Radio skills to the company’s Creative Learning programme.

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18641About Us

Christine Cornwall & Luke Deane

(composer / musicians)
Graduates of Birmingham Conservertoire and now working in The Netherlands, Chrissy and Luke compose and play individually and as a partnership as well as working with Wastepaper Opera Company. For Stan’s Cafe they have worked on Any Fool Can Start A War, numerous Saltley Academy Shakespeare projects and created the theme for the on-line Anatomy Of Melancholy series.Luke’s website.

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18637About Us

Luanda Yasmin

(performer)
Luanda is a graduate of the National Youth Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Actors Foundry. She has performed for Women & Theatre, The REP and numerous short films. She is also a poet and makes YouTube videos on trending topics, motivation and the experiences of marginalised communities. For Stan’s Cafe Luanda has devised and performed in The Capital and For Quality Purposes.

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18635About Us

Laura Wynter

(deviser / creative learning)
Laura studied drama at Staffordshire University before becoming an actor and educator. She has performed with the RSC, Big Wheel Theatre Company and Disneyland – Hong Kong. With Stan’s Cafe Laura has toured extensively with Of All The People In All The World and helped devise Banana Pyjama Ninja with Saltley Academy.

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18621About Us

Alexis Tuttle

(performer)
Alexis is a Manchester based actress who has mixed television and film with her theatre work. With Stan’s Cafe she played make-up artist Sue in Made Up. You can see more of her work on her website.

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18617About Us

Jack Trow

(performer)
Jack first appeared with Stan’s Cafe as a boy in a Stage2 youth theatre production of Claire Dowie’s Adult Child/Dead Child, adapted and directed by James. After training at Rose Bruford Jack is now a freelance actor and has become a regular touring with Of All The People In All The World, The Black Maze, The Just Price of Flowers, It’s Your Film and The Cleansing of Constance Brown. He won 24 Hour Scalextric and appears in Together With Love We Will Make This Citadel Glorious, Finger Trigger Bullet Gun and was Hagen in Twilightofthefreakingods. He is a regular member of the company’s Creative Learning team. His experience as Duty Manager at BAC and MAC was regularly deployed at the company’s venue @ A E Harris before it was demolished.

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18613About Us

Benny Semp

(performer)
A graduate of Dartington College Of Arts and founder member of Hamfisted! Benny first worked with Stan’s Cafe creating People’s Radio Freedom for Lurid and Insane with Jonny O’Hanlon. Benny has subsequently left Hamfisted! and is a freelance teacher and performer. He has toured with Stan’s Cafe on The Black Maze, It’s Your Film and Of All The People In All The World and still contributes to the company’s Creative Learning work.

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18609About Us

Graeme Rose

(deviser / performer / education leader)
Founded Stan’s Cafe with James in 1991. They worked closely together until late 1995 when Graeme joined the company’s board and formed a new company, The Resurrectionists, with Richard Chew. He returned as an Associate Artist in 1999, devised Lurid and Insane in 2001 and took a post as half of the education team 2005-2007. Graeme continues to perform with a range of companies including Bodies In Flight, Red Shift, Talking Birds, Black Country Touring and Kindle as well as directing his own work and producing projects with The Resurrectionists.
Selected Stan Work: Perry Como, Memoirs Of An Amnesiac, Canute the King, Voodoo City, Framed, It’s Your Film (touring), The Black Maze (touring), The Carrier Frequency, Lurid and Insane, Of All The People In All The World (touring), The Cleansing Of Constance Brown, Tuning Out With Radio Z (touring), The Cardinals. The Commentators, The Voyage, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Noise into Notes, Living Toys, Finger Trigger Bullet Gun, The Camp and Siegfried in Twilightofthefreakingods.

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18607About Us

Kerrie Reading

(performer)
As a post-graduate at the University of Kent Kerrie sat in on rehearsals for The Cleansing of Constance Brown becoming an unofficial production assistant. Subsequently she auditioned for Of All The People In All The World and has performed that show on many occasions. She has contributed to Stan’s Cafe’s creative learning program and performed in the original version of The Just Price of Flowers as well as Together With Love We Will Make This Citadel Glorious. She left the midlands to gain her PhD. She now lectures in performance.

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18605About Us

Rochi Rampal

(deviser / performer)
Rochi first collaborated with James whilst she was still at school, devising and performing in No Walls Just Doors as part of Stage2 youth theatre. She is now a freelance performer working regularly with companies around the Midlands. Her full Stan’s Cafe debut was in The Cardinals. Since then she has also appeared in Together With Love We Will Make This Citadel Glorious, Living Toys and Twilightofthefreakingods, devised The Anatomy of Melancholy, took a lead role in The Voyage, more recently she has joined the Of All The People In All The World team and partners Craig in the 25th Anniversary show Time Critical.

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18599About Us

Bharti Patel

(performer)
Bhati has one of the longest CVs in the Stan’s Cafe team. She has worked as an actor and deviser with many, many companies in the West Midlands Region and Nationally. In recent years she has become of the BBC continuing drama Doctors. Her involvement with Stan’s Cafe started when she replaced Bernadette in Home of the Wriggler through 2009 (she later took Amanda’s role), she has toured with Of All The People In All The World and played the banker in the original cast of The Just Price of Flowers.

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18597About Us

Jake Oldershaw

(deviser / performer)
Studied at Dartington College of Arts. Worked as a freelance performer/deviser for Wendy Houstoun, Kaos Theatre, Reckless Sleepers and BBC Radio. Jake’s own work ranges from one to one performance (Intimate History) to street intervention (The M5 Talent Squad) to photographic work (Midland Aquaphiliacs, Re-Inventing the Wheel). He is now Artistic Director of Untied Artists Jake’s Website
Stan Work: Simple Maths, The Carrier Frequency, It’s Your Film (touring), The Black Maze (touring), Of All The People In All The World, City Adventure, The Cleansing Of Constance Brown and Twilightofthefreakingods.

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18595About Us

Gareth Nicholls

(performer)
After training at Guildhall, Gareth first came to Birmingham in 2002 to appear in The Diary of Anne Frank as part of Jonathan Church’s debut season at the REP – and he stayed in the city to begin making and presenting his own work as one half of Little Earthquake.
Gareth joined Stan’s to don his brown coat for Of All The People In All The World in Perth and for its 10th anniversary homecoming in Birmingham. Stan Work: Of All The People In All The World, Finger Trigger Bullet Gun

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18593About Us

Lucy Nicholls

(creative learning producer / performer)
Lucy auditioned for Of All The People In All The World in Birmingham 2008 and has toured regularly with this show. She was in the original production of The Just Price of Flowers and made Come Together with the company along with Together With Love We Will Make This Citadel Glorious. Lucy has great experience facilitating other people making theatre and has contributed to Stan’s Cafe’s Creative Learning Programme for a number of years including directing adapting and directing The Tempest with Saltley Academy. In 2017 she won an Arts Council England Change Makers award in partnership with Stan’s Cafe and spent 18 months, running the company’s Creative Learning program which she expanded to include Drama Clubs and developing the company’s links with communities in the Hodge Hill area of Birmingham. Lucy has now returned to working freelance.

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18589About Us

Sipho Eric Ndlovu

Sipho is a poet, performer, youth engagement consultant, graduate of Sheffield University and member of Beatfreeks. With Stan’s Cafe he has performed Of All The People In All The World and contributed to the company’s Creative Learning programme including work on Trailblazers.

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18587About Us

Hema Mangoo

Hema studied acting at East 15 before working as an actor in TV and theatre. She has worked for Tamasha Theatre Company, Women & Theatre, Kali Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. For Stan’s Cafe she devised and performed in The Capital and was part of the 2020 revival of Home Of The Wriggler.

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18585About Us

Vimal Korpal

(performer)
Vimal is an actor and radio host who has performed with many theatre companies across the midlands. For Stan’s Cafe he has worked on R&D for The Capital, the 2019 revival of It’s Your Film and Everyone’s Business (a performance for Birmingham University’s Business School).

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18579About Us

Emily Holyoake

(performer / writer)
Emily performed the role of Kate in Made Up for Stan’s Cafe and has subsequently changed her focus to become a successful playwright learn more about her plays via her website.

For Stan’s Cafe she was part of the 2020 revival of Home Of The Wriggler which held many close family resonances. She was also part of the devising/performing team that made For Quality Purposes.

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18577About Us

Amy Ann Haigh

(performer)
Amy auditioned to take on Heather’s role in Home Of The Wriggler on its 2010 trip to Beijing. She impressed so much that she was offered Jan/Alex’s role in The Cleansing of Constance Brown. She was also in Twilightofthefreakingods, The Camp, the touring version of Time Critical and devised The Capital with the company. Most recently she has made the video piece For Quality Purposes.

Having trained at Bird College, Amy has since worked professionally on both stage and screen, performing with companies including Needless Allies and Sonia Sabri Company. She is also Co-Director of performance company, Sneaky Beast.

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18569About Us

Chris Dugrenier

Deviser/Performer
Chris is a graduate of Dartington College Of Arts. She first worked with Stan’s Cafe invigilating The Black Maze. Since then she has worked on many Creative Learning projects for the company and is a regular on tour with Of All The People In All The World. She was in the original cast of The Just Price of Flowers and Together With Love We Will Make This Citadel Glorious. She has helped install various Steps editions. She has collaborated with the company and BCMG on their family concerts Noise Into Notes and Pathways and Places. She played Brunnhilde in Twilightofthefreakingods and in 2018 represented the company advising/directing a community project Shoulder To Shoulder at Royal and Durngate.
You can read more about Chris’s solo work here.

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18565About Us

Alison Carney

Once Birmingham based before going to that London, Ali is a regular performer on Radio Four and for a number of different companies in the Midlands including The Birmingham Rep, Leicester Haymarket and Women and Theatre. She first worked with Stan’s Cafe on the world version of Of All The People In All The World and has toured with the show on a number of occasions since then.

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18563About Us

Heather Burton

(deviser / performer)
Heather studied at Warwick University. Worked as a performer with Third Angel, Plane Performance and Talking Birds. She has also worked with Gary Stevens on the group project Pieces of People. For Stan’s Cafe she has mixed devising with stepping into existing roles.
Stan Work: The Carrier Frequency, Lurid and Insane, It’s Your Film (touring), Framed, Of All The People In All The World, Be Proud of Me (touring), Home of the Wriggler

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18561About Us

Gareth Brierley

Gareth Brierley (performer)
Gareth is a People Show Regular together with work with a number of other companies including Station House Opera and The Royal Exchange. Gareth stepped bravely into the breach on the opening day of The Cleansing Of Constance Brown when Andy Watson was taken ill and has performed the show many times since then. He has also performed for Stan’s Cafe in It’s Your Film. He is co-Artistic Director of White Rabbit with Bernadette Russell.

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18559About Us

Gerard Bell

(deviser / performer)
Gerard works in conventional and experimental performance in the UK and Europe. He has worked with Chris Goode, David Gale, Stacked Wonky, Improbable, and Athina Vahla; and, more briefly, Graeme Miller, Jonathan Burrows and Pina Bausch. Also with A2, dreamthinkspeak, Punchdrunk. He has been at The Sheffield Crucible, the National Theatre, National Theatre Wales and the Orange Tree. There are films and other works with film/installation makers and friends Lucy Cash, Magali Charrier, Shelly Love, and Adam Roberts. More recently he has taken, slowly and intermittently, to developing his own, or solo, work. He has been making a piece with Karen Christopher, of Goat Island, for her new company Haranczak/Navarre, and has just made a new piece, still.here, for What Matters at the Siobhan Davies Studios.

Stan Work: The Cleansing of Constance Brown, The Cardinals, The Just Price of Flowers (revival), The Voyage, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Finger Trigger Bullet Gun, Of All The People In All The World (touring) and The Capital.

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18555About Us

Roxana Silbert

Roxana Silbert is Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre. She had always admired the work of Stan’s Cafe and was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with them in her capacity as the Artistic Director of Birmingham REP. Previously Roxana was Artistic Director of Paines Plough and Associate Director at the RSC and Traverse Theatre.

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