All Our Money - Birmingham Tour

All Our Money - Birmingham Tour


Posted 2023-02-16 by Andy Colemanfollow

Mon 27 Feb 2023 - Thu 16 Mar 2023

A human size bear and 6,000 gold blocks feature in Stan’s Cafe’s new theatre show that is touring community venues in Birmingham, beginning on Monday, February 27, 2023, at Digbeth’s The Warehouse and concluding at Stirchley’s Attic Brewery on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

The show, All Our Money, follows Bordesley, a football mascot, through his first day as the unlikely new leader of Birmingham City Council. Normally in charge of entertaining fans at half-time, he now has to ensure care homes are fully funded and potholes are filled. But caught in a storm of conflicting priorities and central government restrictions, does Bordesley have what it takes to make the Council’s budget add up and keep the city running?

All Our Money uses 6,000 gold dominoes to help explain the complicated Council finances in simple visual terms – with each shiny block representing half a million pounds.

Although perhaps not an obvious subject for a comedy, All Our Money cleverly uses humour to make a serious and highly complex topic easier to grasp, explains director James Yarker.

I admit the council budget is an unlikely subject for a theatre show, but the humour makes it really enjoyable,” says James. “It’s an important subject that few of us know much about. Researching the show we’ve learnt an enormous amount, and we’re packing it all into a fun 50 minutes.

All Our Money will leave audiences thinking in new ways about their Council Tax, as well as roads, parks, bins, libraries, care homes, why we vote, and how we are governed.

Founded in 1991, Stan’s Cafe makes original theatre shows that have been performed around the world. With a history of explaining vast numbers in clever entertaining ways, the company’s most famous piece is arguably Of All The People In All The World. Shown in countries as far afield as Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Canada and Japan, the production makes stories relating to human population statistics accessible by using grains of rice.

Other Stan’s Cafe shows include Precious Emily, which looked at the lives of champion weightlifters Precious McKenzie and Emily Campbell (and was commissioned by Birmingham2022 Festival to celebrate the Commonwealth Games), improvised walkabout performance, The Commentators and The Anatomy Of Melancholy, which bought a 500-year-old medical text to life.

All Our Money 2023 Birmingham tour dates:

Feb 27: The Warehouse, Digbeth;
Mar 1: Sector 57, Deritend;
Mar 2: Irish Centre, Kings Heath;
Mar 4: Stirchley Baths, Stirchley;
Mar 5: Purbanat, Small Heath (3pm);
Mar 5: 1000 Trades, Jewellery Quarter (8pm);
Mar 6: Legacy Centre of Excellence, Aston;
Mar 7: Quinborne Community Centre, Quinton;
Mar 8: St Andrew’s Sports and Community Centre, Handsworth;
Mar 10: Moseley Baths, Balsall Heath;
Mar 14: Clifton Road Youth Centre, Sutton Coldfield;
Mar 15: The Exchange, Centenary Square;
Mar 16: Attic Brewery, Stirchley.


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