Oct 22nd – Nov 19th
Circa Theatre, Wellington
Wellington premier of the critically acclaimed play of love in a time of global anxiety.
“I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I
have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel
A new production from Circa Theatre asks if bringing a baby into today’s world of over-population, global
warming, and political unrest is the right thing to do for our planet.
Written by critically acclaimed British playwright Duncan Macmillan, LUNGS is a hilarious and moving story
about love in unstable times, as a young couple tries to decide their future. Thirty-something, educated and
thoughtful, they are running out of time to have the child (they think) they (probably) want. But with the world
falling apart, how can you justify bringing a kid into it? And what will destruct first – the planet or their
relationship? With strict instructions from the playwright that there is to be no set, props, or costume changes,
and lighting or sound mustn’t be used to convey the passage of time, LUNGS is a raw theatre piece that pulls
the focus onto the incredibly insightful script and the two performers on stage charged with delivering it.
In a case of art imitating life, husband and wife team Dean Hewison and Adrianne Roberts will be bringing
LUNGS to Wellington. They saw the play in Edinburgh Festival Fringe and were immediately drawn to the
clever script and the utter believability of the characters. “Adrianne saw the show before me and said I should really get along. Some of what I saw on stage eerily echoed conversations we’ve had, and some of it echoed
thoughts I’d kept to myself”, says Dean who is directing the Wellington premiere. “Both of us agreed that it’s a
play that needs to be seen, and the idea of us working on it together is exciting to us both.”
This hilarious and profound play by Macmillan (who also wrote this year’s NZ Festival hit Every Brilliant Thing)
has played to sell-out audiences in Edinburgh, London, Melbourne and around the world. Performers Arthur
Meek (Hillary Clinton / Young Lover) and Aidee Walker (TV’s Step Dave) are cast as the young couple, with this
being Aidee’s Circa debut.
A play about a relationship trying to survive on a crumbling planet, LUNGS is much more than just eco-warrior
propaganda. This heartfelt, honest, funny and bare theatrical piece brims with dark humour, raw emotion and
confronting questions for our generation.
Tickets $25-$45 from Circa.co.nz