China Plate presents
By Inspector Sands
Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse
Supported by South Street Reading and Artsdepot
97 years go by in a flash.
An afternoon lasts an eternity
In a care home lounge somewhere off the A1, 97 year old Marsha Hewitt begins the last day of her life. But she cannot go quietly. As the radiators burn and Jeremy Kyle blares, rivalries, relatives and murderous impulses jostle for space on the Axminster carpet.
By teatime, a riot is brewing.
The award-winning Inspector Sands (A High Street Odyssey, If That’s All There Is, Hysteria) shine a spotlight on how we cope, or fail to cope, with growing old.
“Hilariously funny, beautifully written and designed, elegantly performed… The Lounge is an important piece of work. It’s our future we’re looking at”
"Mischievous with a generous dash of the fantastical."
The Stage ★★★★
"Has the uncanny ability to twist your heartstrings as often as it makes you laugh...wonderfully dark and surreal"
Broadway Baby ★★★★★
Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, The Sackler Trust and using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
OLD AGE IS FOR THE BRAVE
Inspector Sands and China Plate have teamed up with the Southbank Centre to programme a panel discussion inspired by The Lounge.
As life expectancy increases, do we fear old age more than our mortality?
A panel of care professionals and elders discuss the possibility of a happy old age and the realities of ageing – from the joys and angst of communal accommodation to loneliness, health and the bite of austerity.
Speakers include Shirley Meredeen, founder member of the Older Women’s Co-Housing Project in High Barnet; writer and actor Di Sherlock; Lu Kemp, director of The Lounge, Dr Jane Fleming, Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge; and Lindsay River, previously the Director of Polari, a voice for older LGBT people.
Chaired by journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
Sunday 12 March | 1.15pm | Southbank Centre
"has the uncanny ability to twist your heartstrings as often as it makes you laugh...wonderfully dark and surreal"
Arts Award Voice
"Perfect in every way...intensely emotive and wonderfully creative...a wonderful piece of contemporary theatre."
"Inspector Sands doesn’t just deliver surreal, dark humour...be brave and confront the future in this dreadful lounge: it’s a moving and important story."
"Funny, clever and breathtakingly moving"
"mischievous and pleasing, with a generous dash of the fantastical."
The Arts Desk
"the trio of part-swapping actors are magnificent"
"Charmingly funny throughout, frequently surreal, sometimes devastating but ultimately uplifting...one of the best shows you’ll see at Edinburgh Fringe 2016."
"The play starts as clownish heightened reality, a farce, which is all excellently done and highly entertaining, but this being Inspector Sands, it evolves into something far more radical and surreal. Hilariously funny, beautifully written and designed, elegantly performed, The Lounge is an important piece of work. It’s our future we’re looking at."
Written & Devised by
LUCINKA EISLER, GIULIA INNOCENTI, LU KEMP & BEN LEWIS
GIULIA INNOCENTI, DENNIS HERDMAN & LUCINKA EISLER