Coming to Theatre On The Bay, LUNGS by Duncan McMillan

LUNGS

The Quickening Theatre company and Gloucester Productions are thrilled to present Duncan McMillans’ West End hit play LUNGS, which has been produced worldwide to great acclaim.

Do we? Can we? Should we? A young urban couple consider whether or not to have a child in today’s toxic and insecure environment, beset by global warming and political unrest.

What unfolds is a dazzling rollercoaster ride through a shared lifetime.

Fiercely funny, disarmingly honest and heartbreakingly poignant, LUNGS is a love story for our generation, for whom uncertainty and chaos is a way of life.

The play is directed by Bianca Amato and with Jazzara Jaslyn and Sanda Shandu as the couple in question.

Performances are scheduled from 7 – 24 February, from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Tickets available from Webtickets, or the theatre box-office on (021) 438-3301.

Booking link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1538781115&performanceday=01-FEB-2024#EventTicketPanel_divCalendar

More about the cast:

Jazzara Jaslyn:

Jazzara Jaslyn is a theatre, film and television actress born and based in Cape Town, South Africa.

She graduated from UCT in 2014 with a BA in Theatre and Performance. A promising theatre career ensued, including a tour of the stage adaption of Fatal Attraction where she played the complex lead role of Alex Forrest. Jazzara made her debut feature film role as Olympia in Warner Brothers’ A Cinderella Story.

She has since portrayed notable roles on screen including Jane Swann in Professionals (Brendan Fraser, Dir. Ciaran Donnelly, Bharat Nalluri) and Miranda Hugo in Mnet’s Lioness. She has a deep passion for exploring the human condition which has now manifested in her creating her own work as a director and writer.

Dancing and singing is another expression she loves, be it in the lounge or on stage. Travelling fills her with the most joy and inspiration, diving into foreign cultures and new ways of thinking.

Sanda Shandu:

Born in Durban and raised in Newcastle KZN, Sanda Shandu is a Cape Town based actor, voice artist and musician.

Whilst being a classically trained vocalist and pianist, Sanda studied at UCT and completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics and Organisational Psychology in 2015. With his heart still set on performing, it wasn’t long after his studies that he landed his first professional stage role in The Fugard Theatre’s Orpheus in Africa as ‘Richard Collins’ in 2015. 

2017 brought about more work at The Fugard Theatre where he landed a role in South Africa’s legendary hit musical King Kong as menacingly smooth gangster, “Lucky Lukasi”, which earned him his first Fleur du Cap and Naledi awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He received another Fleur du Cap nomination for his supporting roles as ‘Richmond/Dorset’ in Richard III  at Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in 2019 and another for his supporting role in The Unlikely Secret Agent.

On screen you can see him in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth as “Randy”. He starred in South African neo-noir TV series Skemerdans as ‘Charlie’ and murder mystery series Donkerbos as detective ‘Tsedza Tshivenga’. South African movies Mlungu Wam (2021) as ‘Stuart’ and in 1960 (2022) as ‘Tshepo’.

Back on stage, he reprised the role of “Nick” in the 60th Anniversary of world acclaimed play ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ at the end of 2022 at Theatre on the Bay and Montecasino which earned him a nomination at both The Fleur du Cap and The Naledi Theatre Awards.

Images by Claude Barnardo.