Hysteria Hysteria

Poster designed by Paddy Molloy, photos by Joseph Alford

A play about panic, the apocalypse and table manners.

Devised by the company
Co-developed by BAC and the Nightingale Theatre
Winner Total Theatre Award 2006
Winner Brighton Argus Angel Award 2007

Since its premiere in 2006, Hysteria has toured extensively, selling out performances at the London International Mime Festival (Southbank Centre), Edinburgh Festival (Aurora Nova 06/Assembly Rooms 07), on two British tours and at venues in China, Russia, Germany, Romania and Armenia.

One of the gems of the London International Mime Festival... Hysteria is a rib and mind-tickling delight”
The Times

even as you howl with laughter, you can’t help but feel the edge of genuine anguish that underlies the comedy cantrips”
The Herald

a funny, innovative and at times disturbing exploration of how human beings hang on to their sanity”
The Financial Times

Painfully real…the hilarious Hysteria deserves to win Inspector Sands and Stamping Ground a raft of new fans”
The Metro

Inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem of the same name, Hysteria is a play about panic, the apocalypse and table manners.

The world is ending. And it's happening at table 9…

A man and a woman are on the most awkward dinner date of their lives.  He is an academic whose research into modern day neuroses is threatening his sanity. She is an events manager who's terrified of missing the party. Caught in the middle is their mortified waiter, haunted by visions of global catastrophe.

Bursting with irreverent humour, visceral sound and lighting and a vivid physical style, Hysteria draws the audience into an arresting world where the main course is a fight for survival and a banana can reduce you to tears.

Available for touring.


Created by Inspector Sands / Performed by Lucinka Eisler, Giulia Innocenti and Ben Lewis / Lighting design Katharine Williams / Sound design Carolyn Downing & Adrienne Quartly / Set design Yukiko Tsukamoto / Costume design Suncana Dulic / Dramaturgy Jonathan Young / Associate director Joseph Alford / Set construction Yukiko Tsukamoto & Stuart Heyes / Publicity design Paddy Molloy