• Venue

    A. E. Harris, Birmingham

  • Co-Pilot

    Stan’s Cafe

  • Date

    10th August 2011

Not even the Birmingham riots of August 2011 could stand in the way of PILOT Nights. Under the watchful eyes of Co-Pilots Stan’s Cafe, the performers and audience members locked themselves within the safe confines of A. E. Harris.



Alex Brockie
The Inferno Kid

Heart Of The Anchor
*Citation Needed

LouDeemY Productions
The Order Of Disorder

Little Earthquake
The Year Is Twenty-One

Rebekka Platt
‘numiqtuqunipkaaq, unipkaaqtuq. Uqaqtuq Inuktitut unipkaaqtuq’


Venue: A.E. Harris

Initially Stan’s Cafe took a vacated portion of the A E Harris & Co (Birmingham) Ltd. factory for a six week period to stage Of All The People In All The World. Audiences responded so enthusiastically to the venue and Stan’s Cafe liked it so much that talks were initiated between theatre company and metal fabricators with a view to securing the space for performance on a long term basis.

The ambition was for this space to provide location for devising, rehearsing and presenting Stan’s Cafe shows and to become a focus for the development of an independent theatre scene within Birmingham. For its first two years AE Harris operated under significant subsidy from Stan’s Cafe. Any hire fees went to off-setting rent or improving the venue’s facilities.

In November 2010 Arts Council England recognised the contribution AE Harris makes to the local theatre scene and agreed to provide a degree of financial assistance. An agreement is in place with A E Harris that the venue can continue until the site is finally sold for redevelopment.


Co-Pilot: Stan’s Cafe

Internationally renowned, Stan’s Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, though primarily theatre practitioners, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core of long term collaborators and a range of associated artists. The line up changes according to the project being worked upon.