Every grain of rice represents someone, somewhere in the world.
Of All The People In All The World used simple grains of rice powerfully to illustrate abstract statistics. Audiences were invited to observe the performers of Stan's Cafe as they carefully weighed out the different quantities of rice required for each data set, bringing numbers, both large and small, to life.
The show adapts to wherever it travels, and for London's Burning it took its inspiration from contemporary themes around the Great Fire of London, the political and social realities of our world: one grain of rice for you, four grains for those that died in the Great Fire, a pile for the homeless in the UK, a heap for millionaires in Europe, and a mountain for people fleeing from war and disaster. Of All The People In All The World drew parallels between past and present, changing the understanding of a historic event.
Stan's Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines – primarily theatre practitioners – working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core team of long-term collaborators and a range of associated artists, with the composition of the group changing according to the project. Now based in Birmingham, the company was formed whilst eating at Stan's Cafe on London's Brick Lane, which explains the unusual name of the group.
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of the four Inns of Court of England and Wales. The Inns of Court hold the exclusive right to call candidates to practise at the Bar of England and Wales and are providers of legal education and training. The Inn has over 8,000 qualified members, including judges, barristers (both practising and non-practising), pupils and students.
By kind permission of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, a portrait of James II, as Duke of York (attributed to John Riley), will hang in the Inner Temple Hall for the duration of Great Fire 350.
Building on the success of the 2015 Magna Carta Open House Weekend, when 20,000 members of the public visited the estate and the historic Temple Church, Inner Temple is delighted to host Of All The People In All The World as part of Great Fire 350.