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Lungs (Paines Plough)

By | Published on Sunday 31 August 2014

Duncan Macmillan’s two-hander condenses into 60 minutes the complicated ethical, emotional and – most significantly – environmental considerations of having a baby. The young couple recycle, they read books and plant trees. In a stream of consciousness that spans months and then years they calculate things like the carbon footprint of a life. Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams are both excellent. Reese-Williams, particularly, exposes the racing mind of her character as she flies through her lines, cutting herself off and contradicting herself. George Perrin’s direction lets the audience’s imagination work a bit: in the Roundabout space the couple leaps from scene to scene with no pause, suddenly in another time and another place and interacting but, tellingly, never touching.

Summerhall, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Tim Bano]