China Plate present

The Lounge

97 years go by in a flash. An afternoon lasts an eternity.


Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Age: 12+

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Broadway Baby

5 stars

The Scotsman

4 stars

The Stage

4 stars

"Has the uncanny ability to twist your heartstrings as often as it makes you laugh...wonderfully dark and surreal"

Broadway Baby

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By Inspector Sands

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.

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse. Supported by South Street Reading and Artsdepot. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, The Sackler Trust and using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Offies Nomination Best New Play Logo   The Offies Nomination Sound Design Logo


Following on from the success of The Lounge in Edinburgh and at The Soho Theatre in 2016/17, Inspector Sands were commissioned by Riksteatern to develop a cultural adaption of the show by the original creative team with a Swedish cast. 

Riksteatern is the National Touring Theatre in Sweden and toured the show to venues across the country throughout 2019. The cultural adaptation saw both companies work in a new way to translate and adapt the text so it became culturally relevant to audiences in Sweden. Inspector Sands worked with Riksteatern to recreate some of the development process involved in creating The Lounge, including working with local medical experts, care homes and care workers. 

Swedish cast and creative team

Translation and dramaturgy | Ninna Tersman
Director | Lucinka Eisler
Co-directors | Giulia Innocenti and Ben Lewis
Performed by | Malin Alme, Erik Magnusson, Gloria Tapia
Set and costume adaptation | Johanna Mårtensson
Associate lighting design for Riksteatern | Lovisa Körling
Associate sound design for Riksteatern | Magnus Larsson

Photo © Stefan Lange

Creative Team

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Inspector Sands

Inspector Sands are known for their irresistible mix of comedy and pathos.

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  • Written & Devised by | Lucinka Eisler, Giulia Innocenti, Lu Kemp & Ben Lewis
  • Director | Lu Kemp
  • Script by | Ben Lewis
  • Performers | Guilia Innocenti, Dennis Herdman & Lucinka Eisler
  • Designer | Jamie Vartan
  • Costume Designer | Yukiko Tsukamoto
  • Sound Designer | Elena Pena
  • Lighting Designer | Amy Mae
  • Filmmaker | Rachel Bunce
  • Producer | China Plate

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