Of All The People In All The World: UK

The Southbank Centre, London

Picture of the show Of All The People In All The World by Stan's Cafe, presented at the South Bank Centre. Image shows a man in a brown warehouse coat with his back to us. He is standing behind a long table with a green cloth on which are old fashioned balance scales, sheets of paper, weights. Beyond audience members are looking at piles of rice laid out on paper on the flor of the venue

As part of “Planet Summer”

Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
28 August – 2 September, 2023

Fabulous, funny, witty, provocative and humbling.

Audience Member

We were very happy to be invited to the Southbank Centre having last been in London at the beginning of 2020. The Clore Ballroom proved to be a great space for the show with people passing through the building, stopping for coffee, or to read then able to encounter our show. This meant visitor numbers were high each day … but not as high as on social media after @Joshua_cubed created a reel of his visit to the show which, at the time of writing this, had had over 7 million plays on Instagram and 4 million on TikTok. You can be one of those millions by seeing the reel via the link below…


As the show was part of the Southbank’s Planet Summer Festival we began with a focus on climate and the environment with statistics relating to recent wildfires, flooding, transport, climate change protests and energy production. We also explored recent sporting and music events, moments of celebration in London such as the Notting Hill Carnival and some of the history of the city and the Southbank itself. Our largest pile was that for refugees – one which has grown 3 fold since we first made the show 20 years ago.

Brilliant! Some of it is sad, some made me feel angry and some made me laugh.

Audience Member

Beautiful and very moving. I stared at the middle one for a long time.

Audience Member
Picture of the show Of All The People In All The World at the Southbank Centre. In the foreground are piles of rice on paper on the floor representing different human statistics. In the rest of the picture lots of people can be seen looking at other piles of rice.

Really thought provoking. My children loved it and were completely engaged for the first time in ages.

Audience Member

We have spent about 45 mins going around … non stop talking – so so much to process.

Daniel (10) and Caroline (64)

So insightful – love the fact there are no numbers just scale – love the fact that it’s so up to date too. Thank you – so clever!

Audience Member

Thank you. Moved, shocked and amused.

Audience Member


Performed by: Gerard Bell, Heather Burton, Lexi Walker, Craig Stephens and James Yarker
Administration: Lucy Bird and Michelle Smith
Producer: Nick Sweeting

Rice kindly supplied by:

Logo of food supply firm Tilda