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Opera inspired spectacular from Stan's Cafe
It's been five years since theatre company Stan's Cafe found a permanent base in Birmingham's historic Jewellery Quarter.
During that time, they've filled the former factory space with all manner of fascinating and challenging work, from toy car racing to opera. And this was alongside a rolling programme of work in more conventional spaces (their next official show is at The Rep theatre).
To mark their fifth birthday at AE Harris, the company presents two performances of a brand new site-specific work that's destined to get tongues wagging.
Filling the large, open, industrial unit, Twilightofthefreakingods is a re-imagining of a the final part of Wagner's Ring Cycle.
But this is no straight forward re-hash, as Stan's Cafe present a new take with new live score that takes place across three performance spaces.
As these spaces are side-by-side, the audience is able to follow whichever narrative they like, when they like. Concentrate on one thread or space, or zip back and forth between stories and characters.
But adding an extra element of surprise (and risk) into the mix is that despite a sizeable cast (featuring actors who've already worked for Stan's Cafe in the past and new members), there's no rehearsals and no script!
Instead, the cast will be presented with individual instructions based on a timetable which will tell them what to do (with no reference to what others are up to).
It's a crazy experiment, but that's the kind of challenging and inspiring stuff we've come to expect from Stan's Cafe.