Lungs by Duncan Macmillan

When Extinction Rebellion protesters and Greta Thunberg slowly make us realise that our fate is in our hands it is hard not to question how the approaching climate catastrophe should influence our personal decisions. Knowing that unless we do something ourselves, our future is doomed and it is hard not to think about the environmental impact of having a child and its own future.  This is probably also the reason why Lungs (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) could feel far more timely now than when Duncan Macmillan wrote it and it was first staged in 2011.

This two-hander is about a modern, educated couple, who is trying to find some answers to these existential questions. Despite the fact, that I didn’t get a chance to see it at the Old Vic this year when reading it I was surprised by how realistic and apt it felt. It was probably because of how eloquently Macmillan demonstrates flaws in human nature and explores how hard it is in a time of crisis to stay true to your principles and instead let your life take over.