Saturday, 8 August 2015

EdFringe Review: Lungs at Roundabout @ Summerhall

Roundabout @ Summerhall (Venue 26a)
Various times / 1 hour 10 minutes

Abdul Salis and Sian Reese-Williams star as a couple who are pushed to their limits after deciding to have a child in Duncan Macmillan's beautifully crafted play. Staged in-the-round, there are no set pieces, props or costume changes. Instead the piece uses incredible storytelling to guide the audience along an eventful, funny, challenging and emotional journey.

Macmillan nails the humanity and emotion in his writing whilst Salis and Reese-Williams portray two characters who we all know and can relate to in every day life. For this reason you can't help but feel a connection with the couple. 

I always fully commit to a piece of theatre but rarely do I find myself crying my eyes out. At the fringe I never know what show I'm sitting down to see; Lungs totally took my by surprise and, as the piece reached its conclusion, I found myself attempting (and failing) to hold back the tears. I'm obviously not going to give anything away, but Reese-Williams' final monologue is simple yet profoundly moving. 

Not only is Lungs the best play I have ever seen at the EdFringe, it is one of the best plays I have seen all year. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Lungs runs at Roundabout @ Summerhall until 30th August 2015.
Click here for information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Richard Davenport

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