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For Quality Purposes:
A new play by Birmingham-based
Stan’s Cafe premiere a brand new play for online audiences on Tuesday 11th August, inspired by global call centres and the fleeting relationships between those seeking help and those attempting to supply it.
Directed by Artistic Director, James Yarker and devised with the company, For Quality Purposes is set in a Dispersed Universal Call Centre where call handlers, working from home, field enquiries from customers with a vast range of queries in areas they are rarely trained for or qualified to deal with. Our heroes are often left floundering but cheeriness is their default setting. Funny, touching and thoughtful, this play is made especially to be performed online.
For Quality Purposes will be performed by Amy Ann Haigh, Bernadette Russell, Carys Jones, Lexia Tomlinson and Luanda Yasmin.
Artistic Director of Stan’s Cafe, James Yarker said:
I’ve always been touched by the distant but needy relationship between the call centre worker and their customers. It is an experience we have 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 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, the prolific Birmingham-based theatre company 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. Past productions include Of All The People In All The World, The Capital, Home of The Wriggler, The Cardinals and The Cleansing of Constance Brown.
Discover more at: stanscafe.co.uk