13 Jul 2012 - 14 Jul 2012

Mass Observation

By Inspector Sands

Directed By Lu Kemp

production information

Coronation Day, 1937: A young woman stumbles into a revolutionary rally and falls in love.

Jubilee Weekend, 2012: A young man with a terrible hangover is stranded in a retirement home with no mobile signal.

"We are all cogs in a vast and complicated machine. It may turn out to be an infernal machine which could blow us all to smithereens."
Tom Harrisson and Charles Madge, Mass Observation: Britain (1938)

Award-winning Inspector Sands explores 95 years gone by in a flash and an afternoon that lasts an eternity.

"...as charged and heartbreaking as anything you will see on stage."
Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Dates & Tickets

Evening performances 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 July at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee 14 July at 3pm

Stay behind after you have seen the show and claim your complimentary bottle of beer, courtesy of our Beer Sponsor: Warsteiner. Click here for more details.


Concessions (Jobseekers Allowance, Full-Time Students, Over 60s, Deaf and disabled patrons) £10.00
All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets.

Festival Pass
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Young Friends of the Almeida £5
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Lucinka Eisler

Co-Creator & Performer

Lucinka is Joint Artistic Director of Inspector Sands and has co-created and performed in all of their shows to date. Other acting work includes The Pirate Project (Lucy Foster/ Improbable), Macbeth - The Abuse of Power (Contender Charlie/ China Plate - Warwick Arts Centre), Short Stories: Florence Nightingale (BBC/ Lambent), The Three Minute Miracle (Suzy Almond - Soho Theatre, in development) and projects with Shunt, Shams, The Plasticine Men and Wonderful Beast. Directing credits include Rock Pool (upcoming for Inspector Sands), A Life in 22 Minutes (Inspector Sands - Pulse), Reykjavik (Shams - Roundhouse), Generation (Central School) and A Quiet Afternoon (Riverside Studios/ national touring). As assistant director Lucinka has worked with Rufus Norris (National Theatre, Young Vic), Theatre O (Barbican) and Di Trevis (Royal Opera House).

Additional information

Running time approximately 2 hours 20 including an interval of 20 minutes