Stan's cafe is a group of artists (not just theatre practitioners) working under the direction of James Yarker. The company was formed by friends in 1991 by Graeme Rose and James Yarker as a means of a shared and personal artistic expression.
Stan's Cafe strikes a healthy balance between discussing ideas and trying them out practically. This balance varies between projects as each present different challenges and respond to different approaches. Rehearsals are often recorded on video but only referred to occasionally, usually to clarify details of improvisation, or analyse passages. Most things will be tweaked after the first public performance, the tweaking can be fairly major.
They work on a variety of works. They have performed puppet theatre (The Cardinals), regular plays (The Just Price of Flowers), or artistic representation of statistics (Of All of the People in The World, which uses rice to represent a host of human statistics).