A radio play performed live on stage.

Lung is a rich new radio play about serious illness, the changes it wreaks, and the will to survive.

Anna is a smart, successful and ambitious corporate lawyer who needs a life-saving lung transplant. For the first time she is forced to think about Life and Death. As the illness mounts, she confronts the loss of her former self, changes in all her relationships, and a wholly uncertain future.  She begins to change.  Her Lungs, like a sceptical Greek chorus, note her journey with wry humour.

Writer Kate Herbert brings to life a woman we can all recognise, while enriching the narrative with surreal and imaginary sequences. The play will be “staged” with the actors behind microphones, no set, and minimal lighting.  The audience’s imagination will be fully wired!

LUNG was commissioned in 2021 by Victorian Seniors Festival for Radio Reimagined.

LUNG will also be livestreamed on Friday, May 17, 7.30pm. Livestream playback will be available for 72 hours after the show.

Listen to ABC Radio Melbourne interview on LUNG with Kate Herbert and Nancy Black:

Hit & Run, La Mama, 2001:
“Director Nancy Black has (Nikki) Coghill and (Stewart) Morritt spiralling round each other in a mesmerising descent to madness.” – Blanche Clark, Herald Sun

Bully Virus, La Mama, 2018:
“Using verbatim techniques, Herbert brings us 5 harrowing stories of workplace bullying.”  – Samsara Dunston, 4 stars
“Directed and written by Kate Herbert, Bully Virus is a satirical yet moving examination of the workplace, uncovering its most scandalous and traumatic moments.” – Rose Battaglia, Milk Bar Mag

Content Warnings: References to surgical procedures, lung disease and terminal illness.

Written by Kate Herbert

Directed by Nancy Black

Performed by Nikki Coghill, Geoff Wallis, Tony Rive, Carmelina Di Guglielmo and Alison Richards

Sound design by Elissa Goodrich

Image created by Joe Calleri

Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

75% Aural rating Symbol

Aural Rating 75%: Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.