Since 2005, Inspector Sands (Ben Lewis, Giulia Innocenti and Lucinka Eisler) have established themselves as one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies, touring their two award-winning shows, Hysteria (Total Theatre Award) & If That’s All There Is nationally and internationally, including China, Russia, the USA, Romania and Germany (with British Council). They received the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award in 2009 for If That’s All There Is and were the Guardian’s Pick of the Fringe for “turning anxiety into an art-form”.
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.
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), A High Street Odyssey (a promenade audio-tour of the high street) and The Lounge (an existential exploration of ageing in our society).
Inspector Sands have recently been commissioned to create two new pieces for children by the Discover Story Centre in Stratford: Undiscovered, a live audio tour, and Top Secret, a story trail installation which will run across summer 2014. They also have new work in development, including The Lounge and A Life In 22 Minutes.