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Of All The People In All The World - 10th Anniversary Homecoming

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See the world in 23 tonnes of rice
Stan's Cafe: Of All The People In All The World
Stan's Cafe: Of All The People In All The World
It was way back in 2003 that Birmingham-based theatre company debuted Of All The People Of All The World.

Since those initial performances at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, and Birmingham Cathedral, the show has been seen by over 250,000 people in more than 50 cities across the globe.

It now returns home for a very special run at Two Snowhill, a brand new shiny commercial property situated aside Snow Hill Station.

Not normally the kind of property that opens its doors to the general public, Stan's Cafe have been invited to take over an entire floor of the office block by developers Hines and Ballymore for just 10 days.

Of All The People In All The World is a unique event. Straddling the line between theatre and art, the rolling show consists of 23 tonnes of rice, divided into piles, with each grain representing a single person.

Using these regularly changing piles, lab-coat wearing staff present a variety of population statistics - using the kinds of massive numbers we have problems imagining: from births and death, to numbers of commuters using the neighbouring station.

Surprisingly both moving and amusing, it's a show that's wowed audiences and critics from New York to Perth, via Hamburg, Tokyo and Buenos Aires ... and just has to be seen.

There's no performance times for the show - it's open all day and visitors can just drop-on at any time. Admission is free.

Also look out for those lab coat wearing technicians milling around, and if you have any statistics you'd like to contribute, you can submit via the Stan's Cafe Stats Centre online.
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Why? Prince Charles, Cate Blanchett and Lou Reed have all see it!
When: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm
Where: Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GA
Cost: Free
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