Lungs (Longen)

by Duncan Macmillan
Dutch premiere of contemporary British play

The Dutch premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, produced in a trajectory for mid-career directors at Het Compagnietheater, the Amsterdam home of the national theatre of the Netherlands. As the planet warms up, the economy cools down, and society hardens, a young couple deliberate the time left to have the child they want. Lungs is a love story in dialogue form, which anatomizes the painfully honest shortcomings of two characters, about a generation for whom uncertainty is the only certainty. Performed in a minimalistic set of a large square floor made of black foam packaging material, the show was innovatively lit with energy-efficient light sources (the first usage of these bulbs in a European theatre performance), making the show use less electricity than half an hour of vacuuming.

Premiere: 14 January 2014
Compagnietheater Amsterdam

Netherlands mid-scale tour
January-February 2014





“Generates a great emotional impact.”

* * * * Volkskrant


“Faultlessly delivered. A pure and hard-hitting play.”

De Telegraaf, Critic’s Choice

Duncan Macmillan

Teunkie van der Sluijs

stage & costume design
Clément & Sanôu

lighting design
Floriaan Ganzevoort

assistant director
Naomi Warndorff


Teun Kuilboer
Laura de Boer