by Duncan MacMillan

September 9th - September 25th, 2016


In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple want a child but are running out of time. If they over think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. How do modern couples navigate parenthood and responsibilities large and small when so much seems left to chance in this rapidly changing world?

Directed by Tony Lea and featuring Michelle Murray Wells and Jonathan King.


  • Friday, September 9th @ 8PM
  • Saturday, September 10th @ 8PM
  • Sunday, September 11th @ 3PM
  • Monday, September 12th @ 8PM (Industry Night)
  • Thursday, September 15th @ 8PM
  • Friday, September 16th @ 8PM
  • Saturday, September 17th @ 8PM
  • Sunday, September 18th @ 3PM
  • Thursday, September 22nd @ 8PM
  • Friday, September 23rd @ 8PM
  • Saturday, September 24th @ 8PM
  • Sunday, September 25th @ 3PM
Duncan Macmillan’s distinctive, off-kilter love story is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It gives voice to a generation for whom uncertainty is a way of life... bravely written, startlingly structured
— The Guardian
Macmillan’s play is at once harrowing and blisteringly funny, bleak and redemptive...It combines hyper-real dialogue with a quirky form that expands and contracts time before our eyes, creating the almost physical sensation of being hurtled towards an uncertain future. The piece’s furious pace lives up to its title, leaving audience, and no doubt actors, feeling the need to pause for breath in a world that does not allow it. 5 Stars
— What's On Stage

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About the Playwright:

Duncan is a writer and director. Former Writer in Residence at Paines Plough and the Royal Exchange Theatre, he has written extensively for theatre in addition to working in radio, television and film.
Awards include: UK Theatre Award for Best Director (with Rob Icke for 1984), Best New Play at the Off West End Awards, 2013; the Big Ambition Award, Old Vic 2009; the Pearson Prize, 2008 and runner-up in the JMK Directing Award, 2010. Duncan was also the recipient of two awards in the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition, 2006 and his work with director Katie Mitchell has been selected for Theatertreffen and the Avignon Festival. Both 1984 and People Places and Things received Olivier Award nominations for Best New Play.

Duncan’s thoughts on Lungs: “I found myself worrying about...things and I didn’t know the solution,” he says, discussing the “anxiety debt” that his generation has inherited. “Putting characters on stage who talk about those anxieties makes them quite absurd. And they are. It is absurd that you can have a conversation now about whether or not you want to start a family and at the same time you can be talking about the industrial revolution.”