Of All The People In All The World

Two Snowhill Birmingham & Stan’s Cafe present:
Of All The People In All The World – 10th Anniversary Homecoming

· 23 tonnes of rice to be installed in biggest new UK office development outside of London ·
· 12-21 April 2013, Two Snowhill, Birmingham. Admission Free ·

Stan's Cafe: Of All The People In All The World - 10th Anniversary Homecoming

Stan’s Cafe: Of All The People In All The World – 10th Anniversary Homecoming

Birmingham-based theatre company Stan’s Cafe’s celebrate the 10th anniversary of their famed performance piece, Of All The People In All The World, with a very special return to the city.

Recently wowing Australian audiences at the Perth International Arts Festival, the free to visit show, which straddles the line between theatre and art, can be seen at Two Snowhill, Birmingham, from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 April 2013.

Both monumental and moving, Of All The People In All The World uses grains of rice to represent individual people and through carefully measured piles, communicates human population statistics in a direct and powerful way.

These statistics, including country and city populations, people being born and dying each day and commuters passing through Snow Hill station, tell the daily, changing story of the planet’s inhabitants. Twenty three tonnes of rice – representing 1.5 billion people – will be shipped into Two Snowhill for the event.

Conceived by James Yarker, Stan’s Cafe’s founder and artistic director was inspired to create a meaningful way to bring incomprehensible statistics to life after observing how we often struggle to truly grasp huge numbers.

Since debuting in 2003, the show has been seen in over 50 cities world-wide, from Adelaide, Buenos Aires, Bucharest and Barcelona, to Washington, Tokyo, Toronto and Zurich, via Los Angeles, Copenhagen and New York. Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, music legend Lou Reed and Prince Charles are among the 250,000 people who’ve visited the show.

The 10th Anniversary Homecoming performance has been commissioned by property developers Hines and Ballymore to mark the opening of Two Snowhill.

Situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre, the 14-storey, 310,000sq ft building is the biggest new UK office development to be built outside of London since the start of the recession. Taking up the entire sixth floor, the 10-day anniversary collaboration allows unique public access to the landmark building before it’s occupied.

“After a decade of touring the world with the show we are excited to be celebrating its anniversary in such a spectacular venue with amazing views over our home city,” said James Yarker. “We hope to welcome people of all ages from all walks of life to this show, which is about us all and the world we share.”
Anthony Leonard, director of Hines, said: “Traditionally, office buildings are off limits to anyone but their owners and tenants. At Two Snowhill we are delighted to be able to work with Stan’s Cafe to welcome the public into the building.”

Richard Probert, commercial sales and letting manager (UK) for Ballymore, said: “Two Snowhill is one of the best specified buildings outside London. We are hugely proud of it and want to celebrate the latest addition to Birmingham’s skyline.”

  • Of All The People In All The World runs from Friday 12 to Sunday 21 April 2013 at Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham B4 6GA. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat/Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. For more information, see:

Notes for Editors

About Stan’s Cafe
Established in 1991 in Birmingham, Stan’s Cafe (pronounced ‘Caff’) is a theatre company comprising artists from a variety of disciplines who work under the artistic direction of founder James Yarker.

The critically acclaimed company has a wide portfolio of work, including theatre productions, art installations, film, street and even under water performances. Their current home is AE Harris, in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, which also acts as a performance space for visiting and local theatre groups.

Stan’s Cafe’s productions include The Cleansing Of Constance Brown, The Just Price Of Flowers, Tuning Out With Radio Z and The Anatomy Of Melancholy.

The Cardinals was recently performed as part of the London International Mime Festival 2013, while The Exodus Steps is currently in Los Angeles (1 Mar-28 Apr 2013).

Note: All the rice used in Of All The People In All The World is returned to the supplier and the food chain.

About Two SnowHill
The building was designed by Sidell Gibson Architects and is located next to Snow Hill station. Its sister development, One Snowhill, was completed in 2009 and is home to KPMG and Barclays.Two Snowhill comprises 303,000 sq ft of office accommodation and 7,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space.

About Hines
Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,126 properties representing more than 459 million sq ft of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. With offices in 106 cities in 17 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $23.7 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organisations in the world.

In the UK Hines has acted on more than two million square feet of projects acquired, completed or in the pipeline, with a total value in excess of £1.3billion. The company’s growing London portfolio of assets under management includes City office development Cannon Place, the recently acquired Broadgate West, Mayfair’s One Grafton Street, and Midtown’s 280 High Holborn and Stonecutter Court.  Outside the capital, Hines is asset manager at Brindleyplace in Birmingham on behalf of the Hines Global REIT and is developing Two Snowhill in Birmingham on behalf of Hines European Development Fund II.

About The Ballymore Group
Founded in 1982, by Sean Mulryan, The Ballymore Group is a design-led, international property development and investment company, with principal offices in London and Dublin. Ballymore is one of the largest privately owned developers specialising in large scale mixed use schemes. It has major developments across Europe, particularly in London, but also in Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Prague, Berlin and Bratislava.