Lungs

Duncan Macmillan

Paines Plough

Summerhall @ Roundabout

From 02 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Rating: *****

Review by Catherine Lamm

A thirty-something couple is deciding about having a baby, a child, and the implications that would have on the future of the planet as well as their lives and relationship.

He: "We're just having a conversation."

She: "Yes, but in the middle of Ikea."

They want to have children at the right time and for the right reason. But since they've not talked about it before, they don't know what the right reasons are.

She: "I need to decide what I think. So, shut up."

This is very much about communication and being in sync with your other half and the world around you, near and far.

Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis as actors are very much in sync. The pace is rapid-fire. The rhythms are precise and always believable. The script and acting move very quickly while never losing the audience. You almost don't have time to breathe. Much is said and often with few words. "Well, yes. Yes, of course... Ah, no."

It is very funny and very painful.

They never touch; with no set pieces, props and only street clothes it's still totally believable. George Perrin's direction is seamless and invisible. No higher praise for a director. And the script by Macmillan fits like a glove.