Age range

Run time
50 minutes, followed by a 30 minute workshop

Art with Heart presents  ‘Stan’ 

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. 

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

A powerful and poignant new play by Sarah Emmott, Stancelebrates 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.  

‘Powerful, timely and valuable’- Teacher 

‘Inclusive, important and joyful’ – Audience Member 

“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’  

Creative Creadits 

Sam: Ross Thompson 

Alex: Alexandra James 

Mum: Gemma Green 

Written by Sarah Emmott 

Directed by Jon McGrath 

Lighting and Sound Design by Alex Willy 

Animation by Triple Dot Makers 

Set and costume design by Irene Jade 

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.

This show will be socially distanced.

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