Every grain of rice represents someone, somewhere in the world.
Of All The People In All The World uses simple grains of rice powerfully to illustrate abstract statistics. Watch the performers of Stan's Cafe as they carefully weigh 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 takes 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 will draw parallels between past and present, changing 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.
How to Find This Installation
To find the inner temple from Temple Station, walk to the end of Temple Place, follow it around the bend to the right onto Embankment. Turn left onto Embankment and then left through the gates onto Middle Temple Lane, turn right through the archway signposted To Lamb Building, opposite the fountain, up the steps at the far end of the courtyard and the entrance to inner temple is around to your right.
To find the inner temple from Fleet Street, come through the archway and black wooden doors opposite Chancery Lane and walk past the Temple Church and you'll see the entrance to the Inner Temple across the courtyard opposite the church.
From Embankment (opposite the London 1666 sculpture), walk up Temple Avenue, turn left onto Tudor Street, walk past the barrier and through the car park, heading for the archway next to the entrance to the Library and you'll see the entrance to the Inner Temple on your left opposite the church.