Second Space


Wed 23 February - Thu 24 February

Weds 10.30am, Thurs 10.30am & 6.30pm

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! 

‘A lovely, warm-hearted bear hug of a show’ British Theatre Guide oDeclaration

‘Powerful, timely and valuable’- Teacher

‘Exceptional, inclusive, important and joyful’ Audience Member

Tags: Family,

In this free 30 minute workshop straight after the performance, we’ll explore the play's key themes and we will collectively create letters to the characters using the strength and bravery we have all gained from our friend, Stan the T-Rex. 

The workshop will be BSL interpreted. This workshop has been made with both deaf and hearing children in mind and will be BSL Interpreted. Children can get involved as much or as little as they would like.

Stan is suitable for children age 7+


Running time: 50 mins straight through followed by a 30 minute post-performance workshop


BSL and Captions: Stan is written and performed in English and British Sign Language and integrates creative captions into the set.


Loud noises: There are 5 minutes in which loud dinosaur noises are played intermittently. Ear Defenders will be available. However, if you own a pair please bring your own.

Told from a child's perspective, the play supports the key stage 2 English and Drama curriculums and shows how investment in imagination is critical in enabling children to develop understanding of themselves and society, process change and develop resilience.

We have an education pack available for use in the classroom after the show.

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