written by Duncan Macmillan

directed by Elizabeth Swanson

mentored by Carmel Winters

In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple want a child. If they over think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster.

‘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.’

What will be the first to destruct – the planet or the relationship?


Alexandra Conlon

Kevin C. Olohan

About the Director & Cast:

Elizabeth Swanson
Elizabeth Swanson


Directing credits include Jewelers Building, 1929 (American Theater Company’s Big Shoulders Festival),  Electra (Lir Thesis Production), Merrily We Roll Along (Princeton University Players), Mailbox (YoPro Actors Guild, NY), and Henry IV, Part 1 (Princeton Shakespeare Company). Recent assistant directing credits include A WORK OF ART at Chicago Dramatists (dir. Henry Godinez), VARDO with ANU (dir. Louise Lowe), and Pains of Youth at the Lir (dir. Wayne Jordan). Elizabeth holds an M.F.A. in theatre directing from the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts and a B.A. in History at
 Princeton University where she received the Francis LeMoyne Page Theater Award for her thesis production of Eden: A New Interdisciplinary Musical. Elizabeth is currently based in Chicago and enjoys working in Ireland.



Alexandra Conlon
Alexandra Conlon


Alex is a recent graduate of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts where she holds a B.A. in Acting.

Throughout her final year, Alexandra’s theatre credits include My Child (dir. Annabelle Comyn), Tarry Flynn (dir. Wayne Jordan), Troilus & Cressida (dir. Nona Sheppard),The Coop (dir. Louise Lowe) & O Go My Man (dir. Tom Creed). Other theatre credits include: Damascus, Oedipus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tinker’s Wedding.

She was also featured in ‘Dumped’ a short film by Conor McMahon while at The Lir. Alexandra is a Dublin based actress.

‘LUNGS’ marks her professional debut.



Kevin C. Olohan
Kevin C. Olohan


Kevin is a recent graduate of The Lír Academy.

He has appeared in numerous theatre productions with The Lír including SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE directed by Nona Sheppard, MARY STUART directed by Conall Morrisson, TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Hilary Wood and ANTIGONE directed by Annabelle Comyn.

 Kevin’s most recent credits include Anú productions’ PALS: THE IRISH AT GALLIPOLI, directed by Louise Lowe, Lee Coffey’s PERUVIAN VOODOO at Theatre Upstairs, Illustrated production’s CIRQUE DU REVES, directed by Jeda de Brí and the role of Moritz in Ill-Advised Theatre Company’s SPRING AWAKENING, directed by James O’ Connor, both at Smock Alley Theatre.


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