Thursday, 9 October 2008

'Of All the People in All the World'

A disused factory in the Jewellery Quarter belonging to the AE Harris engineering group came eerily alive recently when Birmingham theatre company Stan's Cafe staged 'Of All the People in All the World'.

The show revolves around a constantly changing sequence of statistics represented by grains of rice: "Each grain of rice = one person and you are invited to compare the one grain that is you to the millions that are not."

The wonderful derelict factory space – hardly touched since it closed – ambient noise and 'worker announcements' all added depth and resonance to the show.

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