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A Number

A Number

By Caryl Churchill
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854597434, 64 pages, December 2004


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.


"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

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

- The Arts Desk

"A wonderfully unsettling triumph."

- Independent