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A Number

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.


'a crisp combination of stillness and urgency'
★★★★ The Guardian

'An intense psycho-drama'
★★★★ The Herald

'A dark and driving production'
★★★★ The Stage

'a charged reflection on identity'
★★★★ The Wee Review

'[a] genuinely engaging revival of an intelligently written, emotionally authentic drama'
★★★★ Broadway Baby

'Churchill’s tense two-hander, elegantly directed by Zinnie Harris, bristles with questions'
★★★★ The Scotsman

'a pair of fine performances'
★★★★ The Times

Access performances
BSL: Wednesday 12 April at 20:30
Captioned: Saturday 15 April at 20:30

Please note: Ticket sales for each performance of this event via the Science Festival Box Office (online, by phone or in person) will stop at 14:00 on the day before the performance. After this time they will only be available from the venue Box Office, please contact them directly with any enquiries.

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.

Online Identity
Saturday 8 April, 7pm
A conversation between social psychologist Aleks Krotoski and writer and musician Pat Kane.

Scottish Identity
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 Company

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