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The Cardinals


Monday, January 12 - Sunday, January 18

The Public: Martinson Hall


Running time: 100 minutes

Postshow discussion: Wednesday, January 14

Three cardinals are on an evangelical mission to broaden knowledge of the Bible – through their traveling puppet theater. But when their puppets go missing, they must take to the stage themselves. With the assistance of their ever-tolerant female Muslim stage manager, they race through key scenes from the Bible, famous incidents from the Crusades, and finally bring us to the contemporary Middle East. With their trademark humor and ingenious approach to form, Stan’s Cafe brings us a hilarious and strangely moving reflection on faith, belief, and theater.

Stan’s Cafe collaboratively devise shows that playfully twist theatre out of shape in order to help people see their world in a new way. Formed in Birmingham, UK in 1991, the company has produced a dizzying range of shows in a wild range of settings.

    Photo by Graeme Braidwood Photo by Graeme Braidwood Photo by Graeme Braidwood Photo by Graeme Braidwood

Commissioned by Domaine d’O and Warwick Arts Centre. Supported by the Arts Council of England and International Partnership Funding from Birmingham City Council.