Thursday 6 — Saturday 15 April
Bernard has spent 35 years believing he’s an only child, one of a kind, until he learns the chilling truth. He’s one of ‘a number’ of clones resulting from a nefarious genetic experiment. When he confronts his father, Salter, questions of identity and morality result in an explosive exchange with dire consequences.
A Number showcases Caryl Churchill’s consummate skill in creating brilliantly compelling drama bristling with ideas, and is directed by another accomplished playwright, Zinnie Harris. This dynamic two-hander is the starting point for a powerful debate about the boundaries and ethics of science.
BSL: Wednesday 12 April at 20:30
Captioned: Saturday 15 April at 20:30
Please note: tickets for the preview performance on Thursday 6 April will be available from The Lyceum from Monday 6 March.
Image: A Number actor Brian Ferguson, photographed by Aly Wight
Who Do You Think You Are?
Look out for associated Who Do You Think You Are? events throughout the Festival. These exciting standalone events feature scientists, authors and artists discussing the nature of identity and self as provoked by the play. Talks take place prior to performances. Each talk costs £8.50/£6.50 concessions or you can get a joint ticket for a talk and the show for £25.
Saturday 8 April, 7pm
A conversation between social psychologist Aleks Krotoski and writer and musician Pat Kane.
Tuesday 11 April, 7pm
A conversation between novelist James Robertson and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.
Nature, Nurture or Neither?
Wednesday 12 April, 7pm
A discussion between geneticist Steve Jones and biologist Simon Watt.
Me, Myself and I
Thursday 13 April, 7pm
A conversation between author Christopher Brookmyre and spoken word performer Jenny Lindsay.
Think of a Number
Saturday 15 April, 7pm
A conversion between Director Zinnie Harris and Lyceum Artistic Director David Greig.
Presented in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre CompanyShare