Stan’s Café looks at where council money goes

Published: 27 January 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

Bordesley the new council leader trying to make sense of where the cash goes in All Our Money

Birmingham theatre company Stan’s Café’s new show All Our Money aims to explain where and how Birmingham city council spends £3 billion of council taxpayers’ money.

All Our Money follows Bordesley, a football mascot, through his first day as the unlikely new leader of the council. Normally in charge of entertaining fans at half-time, he now has to ensure care homes can afford tea time and potholes are filled. But caught in a storm of conflicting priorities and central government restrictions, does Bordesley have what it takes to make the council’s budget add up and keep the city running?

Director James Yarker said, “I admit the council budget is an unlikely subject for a theatre show but the humour makes it really enjoyable. It’s an important subject that few of us know much about. Researching the show, we’ve learnt an enormous amount and we’re packing it all into a fun 50 minutes.

All Our Money will leave audiences thinking in new ways about their council tax as well as roads, parks, bins, libraries, care homes, why we vote and how we’re governed.”

All Our Money begins a tour of Birmingham venues on Monday 27 February at Digbeth’s The Warehouse. It stops off in Deritend, Kings Heath, Small Heath, the Jewellery Quarter, Aston, Handsworth, Balsall Health, Quinton, Sutton Coldfield and the city centre before ending at Stirchley’s Attic Brewery on Thursday 16 March.

Full details of the tour are available at the Stan’s Café web site.