'A wonderfully thoughtful and intelligent piece, alive with colour and theatricality, childlike humour and troubled humanity'
'Staged with offbeat humour, depth and great visual flair. An astounding and hilarious vision of the ecclesiastical world ' Gazette, Montpelier
'A company of real artistic innovators who always have new things to say and new ways of saying them… There is probably no more exciting company working in the UK today'. Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Three Cardinals in crimson robes are on a mission of redemption. Supervised by a young, female, Muslim stage manager, their evangelical puppet show races through key scenes from the Bible, famous incidents from the Crusades, and finally brings us to the contemporary Middle East. But their puppets have gone missing and the Cardinals must themselves act out the stories.
The Cardinals ask us to show faith whilst theatre traditionally asks us to suspend our disbelief; a fascinating premise for a thought-provoking, witty and hugely entertaining show.
Founded in Birmingham in 1991, Stan’s Cafe is a group of long-term artistic collaborators drawn from many disciplines. This show was premiered at Domaine d’O in 2011 in Montpellier, where Stan’s Cafe are Artistic Associates.
Performers: Gerard Bell, Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose, Craig Stephens
Director: James Yarker
Age guidance: 7+
Co-production: Domaine d’o, Montpellier and Warwick Arts Centre with International Partnership Funding from Birmingham City Council.
photos: Graeme Braidwood