Inspector Sands

Inspector Sands creates theatre that is irreverent, emotionally charged, often tragic, usually comic, sometimes silly, always serious. It has a particular interest in the way that global events and trends are reflected in the minutiae of everyday life. It seeks the epic in the everyday and the everyday in the epic. It aims to bring challenging, entertaining and highly original work to the broadest audience.

The core company directors work with a pool of regular creative collaborators, and elements of visual and sound design play a key role in the storytelling of each piece.

Inspector Sands was founded in 2005 by Ben Lewis, Giulia Innocenti and Lucinka Eisler. Its award-winning shows Hysteria (London International Mime Festival) and If That's All There Is were part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase in 2007 and 2009, and have toured extensively in the UK and internationally, most recently to China (Best of Edinburgh Festival) and New York (off-Broadway run at 59E59). An outdoor site-specific piece, A Portrait of the Ordinary Festival-Goer was commissioned by the Southbank Centre in 2011. 

Current works include: Mass Observation (commissioned by the Almeida); Rock Pool (a show for 3+ and winner of the Sprout! Commission) and A High Street Odyssey (an outdoor audio guided tour of the high street, commissioned by Without Walls). 

Inspector Sands regularly runs workshops and projects with professional and non-professional participants of all ages.

  • Inspector Sands 'Rock Pool'. Photo by Edmund Collier.
  • Inspector Sands 'If That's All There Is'. Photo by Edmund Collier.


If That's All There Is

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 5
  • Freight: No freight necessary


A couple are teetering on the brink of marriage. As the happiest day of their lives approaches, the panic begins to rise. And everyone's watching. An award-winning show about inflated expectations and our need to find happiness at any cost.

Rock Pool

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 3-4
  • Freight: No freight necessary


For theatre and non-theatre spaces (age 3+)

When a big storm whips up the sea, Prawn and Crab are stranded in a rock pool, far from the open water, and must learn to get along. 

Rock Pool is like a partially submerged, crustacean version of Waiting for Godot with rock music and splashy dancing.

A High Street Odyssey

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 6
  • Freight: No freight necessary


A bespoke 30-minute promenade audio-tour of a town centre shopping street (or other public space) for 30 intrepid souls.

Witty, intimate, strange and briefly epic, A High Street Odyssey dissects the characters, reveals the secrets, considers the future and stares deep into the soul of the retail zone.


Wraparound work

The company runs workshops for performers from a wide range of backgrounds and has a strong interest in meeting audiences and artists in host countries in this way. Inspector Sands runs workshops in improvisation, writing, a physical approach to character and the devising of original material. It has a particular interest in participants' using stories from their own lives – whether directly or indirectly – as a springboard for creating theatrical material. 

There is also a workshop available based on the interaction of performers with lights and sound and the use of sound in creating original material.

The company is available for talks, post-show discussions, workshops and residencies.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"They are brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank. They are kaleidoscopic creators. Don't miss them!"

New York Theatre Guide

"A young company with a big talent... 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

"the excellent Inspector Sands"

The Herald

"One of the gems of the London International Mime Festival"

The Times

"Even as you howl with laughter, you can't help but feel the edge of genuine anguish that underlies the comedy"

The Herald

"Magnificently staged. Delirious jolts of madness. Perfect entertainment"

The New York Times

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Artistic Director(s)

Lucinka Eisler, Giulia Innocenti, Ben Lewis

Contact details

Lucinka Eisler
Joint Artistic Director

Flat 4
113 Fortess Road

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