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Piles of rice

Of all the people in all the world

Of all the people in all the world

Internationally acclaimed show Of All The People In All The World will be returning to Birmingham, when the entire population of the world will be represented using 112 tonnes of rice, each grain representing a single person.

Birmingham-based theatre group Stan’s Cafe will be presenting the UK premiere of the 'World' version of their show, opening exclusively as part of ArtsFest on 12-14 September 2008.  Every individual on the planet will be represented by a single grain of rice – now over 6.7 billion.

Rice pile

See shifting landscapes of rice

Grains of truth

Conceived by Artistic Director James Yarker, the performance straddles the line between theatre and art, presenting a hauntingly beautiful and constantly shifting landscape of rice.  The show captures the sheer vastness of the population, bringing to life previously incomprehensible statistics to tell a visceral story of the world's people, politics, history and current affairs.

Rice piles

Be shocked, amazed and amused

Witty and shocking

Performers in lab coats will be meticulously weighing out rice onto sheets of white paper to show surprising juxtapositions from the shocking and thought provoking to the celebratory, witty and bizarre.  Examples include the number of millionaires in the world next to the number of refugees (surprisingly similar), and those who went down on the Titanic compared with those involved in making the film Titanic.

Rice pile

A grain of rice for every person in the world

The show was first performed as a 'UK' version in Coventry in 2003, when the entire population of Britain was represented using one tonne of rice.  The show has now been seen all over the world in many different versions - the population of different countries, different cities, of Europe and of the Americas.  The largest 'World' version of the show, then needing 104 tonnes of rice, has only been presented once before in Stuttgart in 2005.

rice piles

Human statistics in rice

See the show for free at Artsfest

Cllr Ray Hassall, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said, "After funding the development of this piece back in 2003, Birmingham City Council is delighted to be supporting Stan’s Cafe to bring this astounding show back to Birmingham, where people will be able to see it as part of the country’s biggest free arts festival."

Of All The People In All The World will open for preview on Friday 12 September 2008 from 6.30-9pm, and will then open daily from 12-9pm until Sunday 5 October.  Entrance over the ArtsFest weekend will be free, after which a small fee will be charged.

When and where

Of all the People in all the World will be at the AE Harris Factory, 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ.

The show will be open daily until Sunday 5th October 2008 (closed Mondays) 12 – 9pm.

The show will be free over the ArtsFest weekend (12-14 September), after which an entrance fee of £2.50 (£1.50 for concessions) will be charged.  Payment on the door will be cash only, or tickets can be booked in advance through or by calling 0884 8883 883, subject to a 50p booking fee.

All rice used in this event is returned to the supplier and the food chain.

last updated: 08/09/2008 at 07:55
created: 05/09/2008

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