A Number (2015 edition)

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Paperback, 56 pages ISBN: 9781848424982Publication Date:
2 Jul 2015
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Court Theatre, London, 2002

A Number (2015 edition)

By Caryl Churchill

Paperback £9.99£7.99

A fascinating meditation on human cloning, personal identity and the conflicting claims of nature and nurture.

Bernard thought he was an only child. One day he learns the shocking truth: he is just one of a number of clones. Together, he and his father confront epic questions of identity, intimacy and belonging.

Caryl Churchill's play A Number pushes the boundaries of science and ethics with an astonishing twist on the dynamics of the father/son relationship. It was originally produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

This edition was published alongside a revival by the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, which subsequently transferred to the Young Vic, London, in 2015, and featured real-life father and son John and Lex Shrapnel.

A Number is also available in an earlier edition, as well as in the volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Four

Press Quotes

'A masterpiece... devastating'

Time Out

'A wonderfully unsettling triumph'

Independent

'A bleak and beautiful play... one emerges as ever stunned by the sheer breadth of Churchill's imagination'

The Arts Desk

'A Number confirms Churchill's status as the first dramatist of the 21st century... The questions this brilliant, harrowing play asks are almost unanswerable, which is why they must be asked'

Sunday Times

'Caryl Churchill's magnificent new play only lasts an hour but contains more drama, and more ideas, than most writers manage in a dozen full-length works. Part psychological thriller, part topical scientific speculation, and part analysis of the relationship between fathers and their sons, it combines elegant structural simplicity with an astonishing intellectual and emotional depth...What a tremendous play this is, moving, thought-provoking and dramatically thrilling'

Daily Telegraph

'Rarely in my theatre-going experience has a new play conveyed such a disturbing or enthralling impression of domestic weirdness that some families may endure in a not entirely hypothetical future... It's an astonishing event'

Evening Standard

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Paperback, 56 pages ISBN: 9781848424982Publication Date:
2 Jul 2015
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Caryl Churchill:

Seagulls
Abortive
Tickets are Now On Sale
A Number
The Skriker
Caryl Churchill: Shorts
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?
Blue Heart
Caryl Churchill Plays: Four
Thyestes
Beautiful Eyes
Caryl Churchill Plays: Three
Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen
Icecream
Here We Go
Mad Forest
Three More Sleepless Nights
The After-Dinner Joke
Far Away (Donmar edition)
Schreber's Nervous Illness
Far Away
Hotel
Cloud Nine
Love and Information
Caryl Churchill Plays: Five
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.
Lovesick
Seven Jewish Children
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Lives of the Great Poisoners
Three Short Plays
The Judge's Wife
Ding Dong the Wicked
Escaped Alone
Pigs and Dogs
War and Peace Gaza Piece
Bliss
A Dream Play
This is a Chair
The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution
Traps
A Mouthful of Birds
Hot Fudge

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