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Age: 7-11+

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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!

Sam seats on a seat opposite a woman. He is smiling and has two toy dinosaurs in his hands and a rucksack on his lap. On the wall behind him is a caption reading 'SAM: I'm going to take him to see Stan the big dinosaur'.

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

‘Powerful, timely and valuable’ – Teacher

‘Exceptional, inclusive, important and joyful’ – Audience Member

Advisory notes

Themes: Stan explores themes of parental separation.

Loud noises: There are 5 minutes in which loud noises are played – dinosaur roars, loud stomping footsteps and the sound of buildings being crushed. Ear Defenders will be available for people to use free of charge.

Lighting effects: Stan contains flashing lights and the use of haze during one scene in the play.

Latecomers’ policy: We are happy to admit latecomers at any point during the performance.

What to expect when coming to watch Stan at ARC

If you like to know more about what to expect when coming to see the show, here is a visual guide with more information.


Stan is written and performed in English and British Sign Language and embeds creative captions within the set. The post-performance workshop will be BSL Interpreted. We have worked with Deaf-led organisations, deaf children and Manchester Deaf Centre in developing the production and supporting workshops.

Free Workshop

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.

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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*Book early and save! Get tickets to our Christmas show, The Snow Queen (Tue 6 – Sat 24 Dec), for just £7.50 each when booking with any family show from our spring 2022 season: StanSLIMEThe Not So Ugly SistersOldilocks and the 3 Bears*