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Theatre Directing

Longen (Lungs)

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Duncan Macmillan
Compangietheater & Netherlands tour
Studio Dubbelagent
Opening night
January 2014
"Faultlessly delivered. A pure and hard-hitting play"
De Telegraaf (Critic's Choice)
"Creates great emotional impact."
★★★★ De Volkskrant

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 and the economy cools down, 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.

Teun Kuilboer and Laura de Boerin Longen (Lungs). Photo: Rik Engelgeer.


Duncan Macmillan (transl. Teunkie Van Der Sluijs)

stage & costume design
Clément & Sanôu

lighting design
Floriaan Ganzevoort

Teun Kuilboer
Laura de Boer