If That's All There Is

Mon 22nd – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“a mini-epic of longing, envy, disappointment and psychobabble”





Inspector Sands


Brilliant, slippery... deliciously sharp and witty’ **** Guardian

‘Distinctly classy’ **** Scotsman

‘Wickedly funny’ **** Herald

A sell out 2009 Edinburgh hit at the Traverse for multi award winning Inspector Sands, If That’s All There Is is a portrait of a couple teetering on the brink of marriage. As the happiest day of their lives approaches, the panic begins to rise. And everyone’s watching. Through the eyes of a jaded therapist and an awkward teenage girl we witness a case study of longing, envy, disappointment and violent urges, examining our obsession with seeking fulfillment at any cost.

Inspired by Peggy Lee’s song Is That All There Is, and in the vein of Inspector Sands’ Total Theatre Award winning first show, Hysteria, If That’s All There Is continues the company’s exploration of the 21st century mindset, offering a mini-epic of longing, envy, disappointment and psychobabble.

Inspector Sands was founded in 2005 by Lucinka Eisler, Giulia Innocenti and Ben Lewis. The company has produced two critically acclaimed, sell-out shows, If That’s All There Is andHysteria, which have played at top venues around the UK and in countries around the world. Their third piece, Mass Observation (working title), will premier in 2012.

Lucinka Eisler is Joint Artistic Director of Inspector Sands. She is also artistic director of Stamping Ground Theatre (A Quiet Afternoon - BAC/ Riverside Studios/ national touring). Other work as a performer includes projects with Wonderful Beast, the Royal Opera House, Oxford Literary Festival, the Prague Roxy Theatre, Shams, FletcherWilson and Shunt. Lucinka worked with Theatre O on Three Dark Tales and The Argumentfor the Barbican Centre (assistant director / co-writer), assisted Rufus Norris on Tintin for the Young Vic and was staff director on Market Boy for the National Theatre. She recently co-directed Reykjavik for Shams.

Giulia Innocenti is Joint Artistic Director of Inspector Sands. This summer she will be performing in One Thousand Paper Cranes (Catherine Wheels; dir. Lu Kemp) at the Edinburgh Festival. Other acting work includes: The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC/Latitude); 1984 (Blind Summit); Cymbeline (Kneehigh); …Sisters (The Gate/Headlong); Pinocchio (Theatre Royal Northampton);Madam Butterfly (ENO) and Low Life (Blind Summit).

Ben Lewis is Joint Artistic Director of Inspector Sands. Other work includes, as a writer, two radio plays, Tiny and Blue Sky Thinking, and a comedy series currently in development, all for BBC Radio 4. As writer/director, he has co-created The Village Social (currently under commission with the National Theatre of Wales) and the Total Theatre Award-winning My Name Is Sue (Soho Theatre/UK tour).

Admission: £12(£10.50)

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