The elderly residents of a care home just off the A1 are waiting to die, some of them less quietly than others. What looks set to be a quiet day spirals out of control in the world premiere of Inspector Sands’ The Lounge at Summerhall. James T Harding met co-artistic director Ben Lewis to ask what really happens in care homes when the families aren’t there, licensing The Jeremy Kyle Show, the magic of parakeets, and the relationship between devised and scripted theatre in this new work.
The book Ben mentions in the interview is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande: http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/
The Lounge plays at Summerhall throughout the Fringe. Find then online @inspector_sands. Full Edinburgh listing: http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/the-lounge/715022
Photo credit: Ed Collier