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‘Bump In’ Day 1

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013


It was a good steady day down at the Perth GPO hall today. The foundations are laid for a good show, our local team seem well up for it and the floor hasn’t collapsed beneath us, which is always an advantage.

Perth Prep

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


Having purchased local newspapers and current affairs magazines I spent most of the day getting back into Of All The People In All The World and the goings on in Perth, Western Australia, Australia and the World, it has been a focused and engrossing time. The only break was a visit to our spectacular venue. Continue reading “Perth Prep” »

Women and Children in Prison

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

It is now approximately a decade since the idea for Of All The People In All The World started forming in my mind. Around that time I had been reading about the relative numbers of men and women in jail, how the offenses for which they are jailed are markedly different and the fate of children with mothers in jail. This was therefore the story which prompted me to think that many piles of rice comparing related sociological facts would make a more interesting show than a single huge pile of rice simply representing everyone in the country. For this reason it was arresting to see The Independent running this same prison story on its front page. I am due to lead on a big version of the show in Australia early next year. In recent years other members of the team have led more often than me, so I am anxious to get my head back into statistics and keen to feed Stat Centre some more. It will be interesting to reflect on who much or little has changed in the course of a decade.

Last Chance to See

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

After an extraordinarily long and successful run at the R.S.C. in Stratford-Upon-Avon Of All The People In All The World is packed up tomorrow evening.

The low-light was the piece being vandalised early on during a private function. The highlight was all the brilliant audience feedback. The most curious moment was Prince Charles visiting the piece with none of us being allowed in whilst he was there – a view so private the performers aren’t even allowed to be there – fortunately the same was not true of Julius Caesar.


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

In 2005 Theater Der Welt arranged to have 104 tonnes of rice delivered to the Wagenhalle – a disused tram shed – because the world’s population was 6.2 billion and we were about to perform the first full version of Of All The People In All The World. In 2008 we came to an arrangement with a wholesale rice supplier to effectively rent us 112 tonnes of rice. As we aspire to do a third full version of the show somewhere and the world’s population is announced as 7 billion we are looking for 116 tonnes. 12 extra tonnes of rice in 7 years at a gain per person: the logistics are getting ever more challenging and I’m not necessarily just referring to our show.

Billy’s Birthday

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

On Saturday in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the RSC lots of people were celebrating the Birthday of WIlliam Shakespeare as a side-effect of this more than 800 people visited Of All The People In All The World in the PACCAR room. We’ve had an angry letter in a local paper (food used for art – starving people in the world Etc.), a huge number of positive comments from people who’ve actually seen the show and another great write up in The Guardian Guide.

A good start for a long run.


Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Our first day here with the show open has been great with lots of interested visitors and positive comments. We are here for three months but intend to keep the show moving and dynamic throughout. Whilst using many statistics that we include in other versions of the show we are also here responding to themes addressed in productions running during the RSC season and to the times in which Shakespeare lived. This has thrown up interesting combinations, including a run of statistics looking at the growth of the slave trade from the Elizabethan era, via Francis Drake through to Martin Luther King speaking in Washington.


Memphis Rice

Monday, March 5th, 2012

News in of the largest scale emulation of Of All The People In All The World. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Cordova. Having seen the show in Washington D.C. they took on their own version. For those who know the show seeing these photos will be a bit eerie, don’t say you haven’t been warned. Stan’s Cafe gets a good acknowledgement within the story.

Down Under (again)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Stan’s Cafe team currently in Adelaide have so far enjoyed a missed connecting flight and an earthquake. Hopefully everything is about to start running more smoothly for them. The local press seem to have been getting into the swing of things and the Earth Station festival looks great. So good luck Charlotte (Goodwin), Kerrie, Jack and Jake.

Penultimate Day in B.A.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

There’s a volcano that practically no one in Europe knows about but which is intermittently playing havoc with flights around South America. I reached the check in desk on Monday before I was told my flight had been cancelled. It was a blow not to be heading back to the family but blessed me with extra sightseeing time. On the way I spotted this election poster elegantly defaced. It is always good to have an election on during Of All The People In All The World, it gives the Current Affairs section some local grit. Continue reading “Penultimate Day in B.A.” »

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