It's Your Film

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The theatre has turned itself inside out, but it is still theatre. And beautiful theatre too.

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An act of Victorian illusion, a fairground ride, a peep show, a piece of live cinema… It’s Your Film is a three minute long performance staged for an audience of one. It was made in a four day period in June 1998 and is perhaps Stan’s Cafe’s most popular show. It has now been performed around 4,500 times. It has been performed in France, Estonia, Lithuania, Croatia, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Macedonia, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Inspired by the Insomniac Productions’ shows “L’Ascensore” (1992) and “Clair De Luz” (1993), It’s Your Film uses the cinematic language of long shots, close ups, exteriors, interiors, cuts and dissolves to hint at a story of lost love and detection. It looks like a film and yet is perfomed live by two actors. More than its ellusive narrative, the piece is about what an audience contributes in the act of viewing. It is about watching and being watched, acts of illusion, imagination and perspective.

International touring has been made possible with financial assistance from TheBritish Council.

Immensely assured.

The Guardian

An amazing experience. Engagement with audience is intense and extremely satisfying. Each image had an impact that I feel I want to hold onto and remember.

Audience Comments Book

Tour Dates

  • 3rd – 12th May 2019:
    The Landsdowne, Birmingham

  • 5th – 10th October 2010:
    Domaine d’O, Montpellier

  • 6th – 18th July:
    1-on-1 Festival, BAC, London

  • 15th October 2005:
    CREAMi Festival, Milan

  • 5th – 8th October:
    Vancouver East Cultural Centre

  • 10th – 11th March:
    Windsor Arts Centre

  • 26th – 27th January:
    Polar dans la ville, St-Quentin-en-Yvelines

  • 24th – 26th November 2004:
    Festival de Titelles, Barcelona

  • 3 – 4 July:
    Inteatro Festival, Polverigi, Italy

  • 18 -19 May:
    Medway Spring Arts Festival

  • 15 – 21 March 2003:
    Skopje, Macedonia

  • 29 November – 1 December 2002:
    Lisbon, Portugal

  • 11 – 13 November:
    Rio Cena Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • 13 – 17 November:
    Euroscene, Leipzig, Germany

  • 22 – 25 August:
    Laokoon Festival, Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany

  • 6 – 8 August:
    De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England

  • 3 – 6 July:
    St. Etienne, France

  • 25 – 28 June:
    Eurokaz Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

  • 18 – 22 June:
    Rakvere, Estonia

  • 14 – 15 June:
    Vilnius, Lithuania

  • 7 – 8 June:
    Douai, France

  • 27 – 29 May:
    Belgrade, Yugoslavia

  • 4 & 5 May:
    Dieppe, France

  • 19th – 25th August 2001:
    Edinburgh College of Art

  • 9th & 10th June:
    La Ferme du Buisson, Paris

  • 24th & 25th February:
    Concertgebouw, Haarlem

  • 26th – 29th October 2000:
    Dublin Fringe Festival

  • 13th – 16th October:
    Kolin Festival of Non-Verbal Theatre

  • 9th & 10th October:
    Citadela, Litvinov

  • 5th – 7th October:
    British Council, Prague

  • 21st – 24th July:
    Galway International Arts Festival

  • 7th – 14th June:
    Theatre Formen Festival, Hannover

  • 23rd – 24th May:
    Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton

  • 26th – 29th January:
    Canary Wharf, London

  • 27th & 28th November 1999:
    Colchester Arts Centre

  • 13th & 14th November:
    NOW Festival, Nottingham

  • 4th & 5th June:
    The Site Gallery, Sheffield

  • 7th & 8th May:
    The Green Room, Manchester

  • 4th & 5th March:
    Warwick Arts Centre

  • 17th & 18th February:
    MAC, Birmingham

  • 5th & 6th December 1998:
    Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

  • 5th June:
    Bond Gallery, Birmingham

am speechless! What does a critic write about such a brief and charming encounter? Maybe just this.

Audience Comments Book


Made between 1st & 4th June 1998 by
Sarah Dawson, Amanda Hadingue, Craig Stephens and James Yarker

Music: Webster West Ink
Additional perfomance: Gareth Brierly, Mike Kirchner, Jake Oldershaw, Graeme Rose, Benny Semp, Jack Trow, Nick Walker, Andy Watson
Additional operation: Brian Duffy, Charlotte Goodwin
Joinery: Neville Stephens
Show Photography: Ed Dimsdale

Comissioned by The Bond Gallery, Birmingham.
Restaging supported by West Midlands Arts.
Private view hosted by Ikon Gallery Birmingham.

2019 Revival performed by: Vimal Korpal, Jake Oldershaw, Rochi Rampal and James Yarker
General Manager: Laura Killeen
Executive Producer: Roisin Caffrey

Very enjoyable. Which was real? Which was film?

Audience Comments Book