Inspector Sands

The Lounge (preview)

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Thu 26 May to Fri 27 May

Advisory age: 12+



A dangerously unstable farce about growing old

by Inspector Sands
presented by China Plate
commissioned by Harlow Playhouse
supported by South Street 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 light on how we cope, or fail to cope, with ageing.

South Street is proud to welcome back Inspector Sands to Reading with these exclusive preview performances of thier brand new show ahead of a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Summerhall).

Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, The Sackler Trust and using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Running time: 1 hour 20 mins

Ticket information

Tickets £12.50, £10 concessions


  • “acutely observed, often surreal, and painfully funny”

    The Times (on If That’s All There Is)
  • “I laughed until I cried”

    The Guardian (on Hysteria)
  • "They are brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank. They are kaleidoscopic creators. Don’t miss them!"

    New York Theatre Guide

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: 0118 937 3456 (administration) or 0118 960 6060 (Box Office)

Box office is open at South Street Arts Centre on performance days one hour before the show (subject to availability)

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