«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 Tower.»
In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple want a child but are running out of time. If they over think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. They want to have a child for the right reasons. Except, what exactly are the right reasons? And what will be the first to destruct – the planet or the relationship?
Duncan Macmillan is an English playwright and director. Most of his work focuses on modern socio-political issues.
Macmillan won two awards in the inaugural year of the Brentwood Playwriting Competition at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre for his play, Monster. Monster also received nominations for the TMA and Manchester Evening News Awards for Best New Play.
Lungs, an exploration of Parenthood, premiered at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. The British production, starring Kate O’Flynn and directed by Richard Wilson, debuted on the West End and won the 2013 Off West End Award for Best New Play. It has since been produced all over the world.