Current Programme:

A Paines Plough production

by Duncan Macmillan

May - October 2015

The most beautiful, quietly shattering play of the year.
***** Sunday Express


“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.”

A couple are deciding their future. Thirty-something, educated and thoughtful, they want to have a child for the right reasons. But in a time of overpopulation, erratic weather and political unrest, what exactly are the right reasons?

A play about the different types of love we feel in a lifetime.


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"The most beautiful, quietly shattering play of the year."
★★★★★ Sunday Express

"Duncan Macmillan’s distinctive, off-kilter love story is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It gives voice to a generation for whom uncertainty is a way of life through two flawed, but deeply human people who you don't always like but start to feel you might love."
★★★★ The Guardian

“An astonishing play. Tender, savage, clear, beautiful.”
Simon Stephens

Rapid-fire...precise...seamless. The script fits like a glove."
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"Assured, grab-you-by-the-heart theatre that will live on in your mind long after the actors have taken their bows."
★★★★ Exeunt Magazine

"Brutal, honest and moving... A must see."
★★★★★ Official Theatre

"Pin-sharp...deliciously quotable...pulses and races."
★★★★ Fest Magazine

George Perrin's outstanding revival... is like a thrilling rollercoaster ride, bringing every emotion in equal measure."
★★★★ TheatreguideLondon

"Delivered with raw honesty and machine gun speed... powerful, thought provoking stripped back theatre."
★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

"Full of comic brilliance...superb acting...ceaselessly captivating."
★★★★ BroadwayBaby

Production Photos: Richard Davenport