A Number by Caryl Churchill (Gone Rogue Productions)
By John Sampson | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016
How much of our identity is governed by our genetic make-up? ‘A Number’ explores the consequences of cloning, focusing on the disintegration of a father-son relationship, after the son discovers he is a copy of his ‘dead’ elder brother. Charlie Randall shows great versatility as he inhabits three variants of the same person, while Tom Smyth, as the father, brilliantly captures the essence of a man whose life is in free fall. It’s a stripped back production that lets the intensity of the material lie bare, on a minimalist stage with little interference from the sound technician. It’s an affecting piece, questioning whether our identity stems from what’s inside us or from our experiences.
C Nova, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [John Sampson]