An illustration of two children running through a museum with a dinosaur
Sun 6 Mar


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 performed in English and British Sign Language and with creative captions embedded within the set. 

Think Pixar’s Inside Out meets Night at the MuseumStan is well worth a visit this Spring! 

Venue: Pentland Theatre

‘"really liked the play because that’s my life, sometimes I feel split in two too.’" Pupil, age 9

"I loved the play. It made me think about my family" Pupil, age 8

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

"Powerful, timely and valuable" Teacher

"All my children will benefit from this, not only as children of divorced parents, but children struggling to find their place or fit in." Parent

"It was so lovely seeing a positive deaf family being represented. I loved that the girl was a happy deaf child." Jeni Draper, Artistic Director, Fingersmiths

Ages 7 - 11
Running Time: 50 minutes, followed by a FREE 30 minute workshop

Content Warning
Loud noises:
 There is a period of 5 minutes in which loud dinosaur noises are played intermittently. A small selection of Ear Defenders will be available and free to use. However, if you own a pair please bring your own.
Themes: Stan explores themes of parental separation. After the performance experienced facilitators from Art with Heart will run a free workshop to help young audiences to understand and explore the plays key themes. 

Tickets from £9
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Dynamic pricing applies to this event. This means that the price of individual seats may increase based on demand, so it's best to book early.

In line with government guidelines, we have returned to full capacity for events and seating for this performance is not socially distanced. 

Following the recent lifting of restrictions, we have kept some safety measures in place and are asking visitors to:

  • Scan the NHS Covid-19 Test & Trace QR code on arrival
  • Wear a face covering inside the building, including in the auditorium
  • Be aware of their proximity to others when moving around the building
  • Use contactless payment methods where possible

Read more about our current procedures

Booking Info

Tickets from £9

Ages 7 - 11

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