Event Information

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.

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!

The play running time is 50 min without an interval. After the performance, there will be a free 30-minute workshop to help young audiences to understand and explore the play's key themes.

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.

A lovely, warm-hearted bear hug of a show

British Theatre Guide

Powerful, timely and valuable.


Exceptional, inclusive, important and joyful. 

Audience Member

Please be aware that Stan explores themes of parental separation, and 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.

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