Inspector Sands is an award-winning, London-based theatre company, whose work has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. The joint artistic directors are Ben Lewis, Giulia Innocenti and Lucinka Eisler. They have created work for UK venues including the Almeida, the Lyric Hammersmith, the South Bank Centre, the National Theatre and the BAC.
Inspector Sands create theatre that is irreverent, emotionally charged, often tragic, usually comic, sometimes silly and always serious. They have a particular interest in the way that global events and trends are reflected in the minutiae of everyday life. They seek the epic in the everyday and the everyday in the epic.
Past shows include Hysteria (Total Theatre Award, 2006) and If That’s All There Is (Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award, 2009), both of which were selected for the British Council Showcase and went on to tour extensively in the UK and to countries including China, Russia, USA, Armenia, Romania and Germany.
China Plate have developed, produced and toured three of Inspector Sands’ recent projects – Rock Pool (a kind of crustacean Waiting For Godot for anyone over the age of 3), Mass Observation (commissioned for the Almeida Festival of new work) and A High Street Odyssey (a promenade audio-tour of the high street, which has toured sell out shows to UK town centres for three successive years).
The company has also been commissioned to create a series of new audio pieces for children by the Discover Story Centre in Stratford: Undiscovered, a site specific audio tour of the Discover building, Top Secret, a detective story trail installation, and The Librarian, which is currently touring to libraries in London.
IF THAT'S ALL THERE IS
“The newest work by Inspector Sands, a young company with a big talent, is an acutely observed, often surreal and sometimes painfully funny comedy about the dysfunctional links between modern neuroses and the all-too-human need for love” The Times
“Magnificently staged. Delirious jolts of madness. Perfect entertainment for anyone who has ever dreamed for a fleeting irresponsible moment of killing a loved one” The New York Times
"The terrific thing about this show is that it works on many levels and always underpins the comedy with real emotion… brilliant, slippery… deliciously sharp and witty” ★★★★ The Guardian
"The excellent Inspector Sands… a wickedly funny and reassuringly well-honed piece in which situation comedy veers from everyday banality to surreal imaginings” ★★★★ The Herald
A HIGH STREET ODYSSEY
'This is a ceaselessly entertaining and massively memorable piece that will leave you grinning'. Get Reading
‘Quirky and perfectly pitched: 30 minutes long and as sweet as a Saturday morning stroll; thought-provoking without being weighty. We whipped out the binoculars and gazed up to look at the clouds in the sky. A busker began to play. And for a few seconds we were gazing up from the most interesting place in the world’. The Argus, Brighton
“A splash hit… in every sense of the word!” Western Mail ★★★★
"Delicately layered and thoughtfully crafted. It is utterly charming throughout.” British Theatre Guide
“Rock Pool is a lovely piece of theatre… there were smiles and cheers throughout the performance.” Everything Theatre ★★★★
“One of the gems of the London International Mime Festival... Hysteria is a rib and mind-tickling delight” ★★★★ The Times
“even as you howl with laughter, you can’t help but feel the edge of genuine anguish that underlies the comedy cantrips” ★★★★★ The Herald
“a funny, innovative and at times disturbing exploration of how human beings hang on to their sanity” ★★★★ The Financial Times
“Painfully real…the hilarious Hysteria deserves to win Inspector Sands and Stamping Ground a raft of new fans” ★★★★★ The Metro