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Birmingham theatre company Stan’s Cafe will premiere a brand new play for online audiences on Tuesday 11 August.
Inspired by global call centres and the fleeting relationships between those seeking help and those attempting to supply it, For Quality Purposes is helmed by the ensemble's artistic director, James Yarker, and devised with the company.
James said: “I’ve always been touched by the distant but needy relationship between the call centre worker and their customers. It's an experience we've all shared, the frustrations, connections, incomprehensions and unexpected triumphs. When I was looking for a subject for a new play made by remote collaboration, this seemed a rich choice, ripe for humour and pathos. Now, via For Quality Purposes, we can see the faces of those who are working through on-screen menus as they try to solve our problems.”
For Quality Purposes will be free to access, with a suggestion that audiences make a donation to one of three charitable funds: the Equity Charitable Trust (supporting performers experiencing hardship); the Theatrical Guild (supporting front of house and backstage workers); or the Ladywood Food Bank in Birmingham.
For Quality Purposes forms part of Stan’s Internet Cafe - a season of digital performances including The Commentators’ Film On The Radio and The Anatomy Of Melancholy.
Formed in 1991, Stan’s Cafe (pronounced 'caff') has built a reputation for artistic innovation that stretches beyond UK borders. Its projects range across theatre, film and live art, and have been presented in a wide range of spaces, with inventive and critical uses of scenography and technology. Whilst articulating a strong interest in global concerns, its work is often underpinned by a local remit; this dual focus on the local and the global is visible in its practice and process.
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