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Duncan Macmillan  is an award winning writer and director. Plays include:  Lungs  (Paines Plough/Sheffield Crucible/Bush Theatre and Studio Theatre Washington D.C.),  Platform  (Old Vic Tunnels),  Monster  (Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival),  The Most Humane Way to Kill A Lobster  (Theatre 503),  I Wish To Apologise For My Part In The Apocalypse , So Say All of Us  and  Family Tree  (all BBC Radio 4). Formerly Writer-in-Residence at Paines Plough and the Royal Exchange, he has completed attachments at the National Theatre and the Royal Court/BBC, is a member of the Old Vic New Voices Company and a fellow of the TS Eliot UK/US Exchange. He is the winner of two Bruntwood Playwriting Awards, the Old Vic Big Ambition Award, a Pearson Residency Award, 'The 50' Bursary, and has been nominated in the Best New Play category of the TMA and MEN Awards.

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1984
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1984

George Orwell/Robert Icke/Duncan Macmillan
 
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a
diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him—and the door to
Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. This major new stage
production explores the world inside Winston Smith’s head, as well as the
world without, and catches the euphoria and bliss buried deep underneath
the cold face of Big Brother.

In an age of mass surveillance, ‘total’ policing and GPS tracking, Nineteen
Eighty-Four
is as relevant now as it ever has been.
Cast : 6M, 2F
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Duncan Macmillan: Plays One
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Duncan Macmillan: Plays One

Duncan Macmillan
 

This is the first collection from critically acclaimed playwright Duncan Macmillan, containing the plays Monster, Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing, 2071 and People, Places and Things

Monster: "He's got zero empathy. You could be having a conversation and start choking to death and he'd just think, 'Well, this conversation's over. He'd probably just sit there and finish eating whatever you were choking on."
An inexperienced teacher is given the job of saving a disturbed and violent fourteen-year-old boy from permanent exclusion. Alone in the classroom, an intense battle of wills takes place. But what can be done when a child cares for no one and is afraid of nothing? Monster won two awards at the inaugural Bruntwood Playwriting Competition and was first performed in 2007 at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, where Duncan MacMillan was Writer-in-Residence.

Lungs: ‘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?

2071: Climate change is a matter of importance to everyone, but what to do about it is mired in controversy. What’s needed is a conversation. What do we owe future generations? How can we protect our children and grandchildren?

Every Brilliant Thing: You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for.
1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
6. Me
You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

People, Places and Things: Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

Cast : 2F, 2M / 1F, 1M / 1U / 1U / 5F, 5M
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Every Brilliant Thing
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Every Brilliant Thing

Duncan Macmillan
 

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.

So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for.

1. Ice Cream

2. Kung Fu Movies

3. Burning Things

4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose

5. Construction cranes

6. Me

You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

"Filled to the brim with joy... beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny." Time Out London

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Lungs
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Lungs

Duncan Macmillan
 
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?

Review
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… bravely written, startlingly structured – Guardian



Cast : 1M, 1F
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Monster
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Monster

Duncan Macmillan
 
England: a country frightened of its young, a country of ASBOs (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders), hoodies and happy slapping. How has our youth got so out of control? In a classroom somewhere a teacher, Tom, is alone with Darryl, an excluded boy, in an effort to teach him where all else has failed.

Duncan Macmillan takes on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Powerful, tense, frightening and humane, Monster deals with relationships between teachers and pupils, young and old, generation and generation. Can people reach out to each other or are the things in our past too powerful to allow change?

Review
Macmillan's play if is a timely and gripping dissection of parenting and responsibility... this is a mature, intelligent and passionate play  - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Cast : 2M, 1F
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People, Places and Things
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People, Places and Things

Duncan Macmillan
 
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up? People, Places and Things is the latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following the acclaimed Earthquakes in London and The Effect.
Cast : 10F, 8M, doubling possible
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