A bilingual play for children which explores communication, friendship, identity, the family unit… and dinosaurs.




Sam is a happy, dinosaur loving 8-year-old whose world turns upside down after his parents separate. As he takes himself off to the far end of the school field he meets Alex, a deaf girl with a vivid imagination – and an impressive collection of dinosaurs.

Bonding over boring packed lunches and their favourite fierce T-Rex, the pair form an unlikely friendship. When things at home become too difficult for Sam, Alex whisks him away on an astonishing adventure to meet the almighty Stan, the gigantic T-Rex at Manchester Museum.

A powerful and poignant new play by Sarah Emmott, Stan celebrates the power of play, the joy of communication and the positive force of friendship. Featuring awesome animated dinosaurs, Stan is written and performed in English and British Sign Language and embeds creative captions within the set.

Think Pixar’s Inside Out meets Night at the Museum, Stan is well worth a visit this Winter!

“Stan is literally ‘roaring’ with excitement while also asking some of the difficult life questions that people of all ages face”- ‘Ben Faulks AKA Mr. Bloom from CBeebies’

‘Powerful, timely and valuable’- Teacher

‘Inclusive, important and joyful’ – Audience Member

Tour dates

Z-Arts, Manchester

Thurs 10th Feb, 6:30pm

Fri 11th Feb, 10am

Sat 12th Feb, 2pm

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0161 226 1912


The Met, Bury

Thurs 17th Feb, 7pm

Fri 18th Feb, 2pm and 7pm

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0161 761 2216


CAST, Doncaster

Weds 23rd Feb, 10.30am

Thurs 24th Feb, 10.30am and 6.30pm

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01302 303 959


Arts Depot, London

Sun 6th March, 11am and 2pm

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020 8369 5454


The Dukes, Lancaster

Weds 9th March, 1.30pm and 7pm

Thurs 10th March, 1.30pm

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01524 598 500


Arc, Stockton

Sat 12th March, 11.30am and 2.30pm

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020 8369 5454


The Civic, Barnsley

Weds 16th March, 1pm and 6pm

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0122 632 7000


MAC, Birmingham

Sat 19th March, 11am and 2.30pm

Sunday 20th March, 11am

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0121 446 3232

Age Suitability: 7+

Themes: Stan explores themes of parental separation and loneliness, which some viewers may find difficult.

Access: Stan is written and performed in spoken English and British Sign Language and uses captions. Our hearing actors communicate in English, and our deaf actor communicates in BSL. The captions will support both hearing and deaf audiences. The workshop will be BSL interpreted.

Advisory notes: Stan contains flashing lights and haze. There are 5 minutes in which loud dinosaur noises are played intermittently. Ear Defenders will be available free of charge. However, if you own a pair please bring your own.

Running times: Play: 50 mins, no interval  //  Workshop: 30 mins

Workshop: After the performance experienced facilitators will run a free workshop to help young audiences to navigate and better understand the play’s themes. The workshop will be BSL interpreted.

Visual guide: If you’d like to know more about what to expect from your visit to the theatre and seeing Stan, you can download our visual guide here:

Visual Guide- all venues copy – website


Workshop and Education Pack

Art with Heart will provide a post-performance workshop to help children unpack the themes in Stan. The workshop will help to build children’s emotional resilience and language. It will give vital space for children to explore their own situations, safely through the fiction of the characters. Education Packs with lesson plans will support teachers to further explore the themes.

Deaf awareness workshops 

For our 2022 tour of Stan, Art with Heart have partnered with Manchester Deaf Centre to deliver 2 hour Deaf Awareness training online. Delivered by experienced, profoundly deaf tutors, this Deaf Awareness Training aims to raise your awareness of different types of hearing loss and provide you with communication tactics and best practice.

Deaf Awareness Training with Z-arts
Wednesday 19th January, 16.00 – 18.00
Delivered via Zoom
Visit website to book

Deaf Awareness Training with MAC
Tuesday 25th January, 14.00 – 16.00
Delivered via Zoom
Visit website to book

Deaf Awareness Training with artsdepot
Wednesday 26th January, 14.00 – 16.00
Delivered via Zoom
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Creative Team


Ross Thompson: Sam

Alexandra James: Alex

Mum: Gemma Green

Written by: Sarah Emmott

Directed by: Jonathan McGrath

Movement Director: Deb Pugh

Sound design and Production Manager: Adam Steed

Lighting Design: Alex Willy

Facilitation by Sarah Emmott and Chelsea Morgan

BSL consultation: Raphaella Julien

Animation by Triple Dot Makers

Set and costume design by Irene Jade

Promotional illustration by Noe Baba

Producer: Rachel Moorhouse

Associate producer: Megan Holland

Audience development producer: Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford

Audience development producer: Jodean Sumner

With Thanks

With thanks to the following creatives who have helped in the research and development of Stan so far: Jonathan McGrath, Gemma Green, Alexandra James, Ross Thompson, Rachel Moffatt-Feldman, Irene Jade, Adam Eastwood, Deborah Pugh, Dan Steele, Stephen Collins, Triple Dot, Alex Willy, Vilma Jackson, Rebecca Kenny and Kristian Wall.

Commissioned by Z arts. Funded by Arts Council England. With support from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, The Lady Neville Charity, The Granada Foundation, Touchstones and the Backstage Trust. This project has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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