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This article is based on the theatre play by Caryl Churchill. For other use see Number bases.


Characters
HALTER, a man in his early sixties
NUMBER 2, his son, forty
NUMBER 1, his son, thirty-five

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NUMBER 1 and NUMBER 2
NUMBER 2
A number
NUMBER 1
What is it
NUMBER 2
"A Number" strange
NUMBER 1
what number strange
NUMBER 2
title
NUMBER 1
is it
NUMBER 2
yes
NUMBER 1
NUMBER 2
a theatre play
NUMBER 1
who wrote
NUMBER 2
who wrote?
NUMBER 1
who wrote the
NUMBER 2
Caryl Churchill a dramatist she is, writes about human cloning and all that everyone will tell you it might be quite the
A number

- Not that kind of number - a number of clones not of numbers

NUMBER 1
quite the what?
NUMBER 2
odd but not odd queer but not queer peculiar but not peculiar you know what I mean not everyone might comprehend what she is saying
NUMBER 1
really why not
NUMBER 2
Hmmm....
NUMBER 1
Oh, punctuation!
NUMBER 2
what
NUMBER 1
never mind

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NUMBER 1 and NUMBER 2

edit Reception

NUMBER 1
fine and what about
NUMBER 2
considered great by the critics
NUMBER 1
but
NUMBER 2
but?
NUMBER 1
yes but
NUMBER 2
does not really tell anything
NUMBER 1
about the problem but it does
NUMBER 2
then doesn’t provide any solutions
NUMBER 1
for the characters but it does
NUMBER 2
does not present all the aspects?
NUMBER 1
of the issue but it does
NUMBER 2
as if you have read it
NUMBER 1
what if I did

edit Author

NUMBER 1
Caryl Churchill, see?
NUMBER 2
so
NUMBER 1
normally writes about sexual politics one of her greatest works is Objections to sex although she herself has three sons
NUMBER 2
well
NUMBER 1
well
NUMBER 2
were there any more
NUMBER 1
what?
NUMBER 2
incidents of such a kind
NUMBER 1
not much except for she wrote "Seven Jewish children" when she was around seventy
NUMBER 2
you think that
NUMBER 1
I have no idea
NUMBER 2
a dog?
NUMBER 1
how do I know
NUMBER 2
a husband?
NUMBER 1
yes, married and lived happily but wrote another play called Drunk enough to say I love you
NUMBER 2
well?
NUMBER 1
still seems to be rather happy

edit Characters

Cloning matrix

- These are the main characters basically but not going to talk about all of them sometimes it seems that some of them are not very different from the others

NUMBER 1
A family
NUMBER 2
a normal one?
NUMBER 1
not really like a father a mother a child
NUMBER 2
but
NUMBER 1
well I am not saying it is particularly unusual the father is drunk the mother commits suicide the father clones his child that happens often you know
NUMBER 2
and the clones
NUMBER 1
yeah a number of them a father with plenty of sons he does not know what to do
NUMBER 2
son's name was something
NUMBER 1
Bernard - the father gives the same name to all his sons of whom he is aware
NUMBER 2
so they get angry and kill themselves
NUMBER 1
not all of them
NUMBER 2
seriously stop cutting me off if you do that again I will
NUMBER 1
clone me?
NUMBER 2
no stop I didn't finish talking I was
NUMBER 1
clone me?
NUMBER 2
why would I
NUMBER 1
why not?
NUMBER 2
I’ve not been lucky with dogs. Not that they all died - they did, as a matter of fact, but this isn’t the point. I had a pit bull that basically killed all my friends not friends I meant acquaintances sometimes you meet a person at a bar and he throws a beer into your face and you start to know him you understand you have the same preferences and tastes or not exactly or or
NUMBER 1
I’ve not been lucky with cats. Let’s talk about something else.

edit Plot

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Why not a book

- reading it in paperback might be better for you know comprehension and you know more aesthetically appealing so why not a book

NUMBER 2
So cloning, huh?
NUMBER 1
no
NUMBER 2
no
NUMBER 1
no
NUMBER 2
yes
NUMBER 1
yes
NUMBER 2
many of them at the same time
NUMBER 1
the father was often mean with his son
NUMBER 2
he had many
NUMBER 1
it was not possible to be mean with all of them he would die of tire
NUMBER 2
what did he do with that many
NUMBER 1
oh I thought you were talking about
NUMBER 2
then for God's sake let me finish my
NUMBER 1
sure then I won't
NUMBER 2
Then you don’t. So what happened?
NUMBER 1
lies
NUMBER 2
yes
NUMBER 1
tried to deceive everyone but
NUMBER 2
what
NUMBER 1
failed
NUMBER 2
failed, this is a word failed a life
NUMBER 1
failed lives
NUMBER 2
failed to deceive or failed a life
NUMBER 1
those are just the same
NUMBER 2
no
NUMBER 1
yes
NUMBER 2
so they failed?
NUMBER 1
yes all of them yes yes maybe except for one
NUMBER 2
who?
NUMBER 1
another clone
NUMBER 2
the one who
NUMBER 1
seems to be happy with his life
NUMBER 2
and
NUMBER 1
his greatest interest in life is his wife's ears
NUMBER 2
well
NUMBER 1
then he probably failed as well

edit Theatre

A number performed

- Here he is - standing behind hiding his identity not showing that he is a Bond

NUMBER 1
First performed by Michael Gambon and Daniel Craig
NUMBER 2
I remember a book I once read
NUMBER 1
the James Bond one who always wears a suit no matter what
NUMBER 2
It was a pretty bad and boring book actually.
NUMBER 1
played all of the sons
NUMBER 2
About an elephant, don’t you remember? We read it together
NUMBER 1
If it was real, this would give us a lot of James'es Bonds, which is not always a good
NUMBER 2
An elephant at sea
NUMBER 1
solution
NUMBER 2
It was an elephant in red socks, was it?
NUMBER 1
because clones may have different personalities you know perceptions
NUMBER 2
Red trousers!
NUMBER 1
perceptions of life and the Universe

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NUMBER 1
NUMBER 1
Wait, did he wear a suit on that play?
Silence
NUMBER 1
Hello hello hello.

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HALTER and NUMBER 1
HALTER
I am your father.
NUMBER 1
Where is NUMBER 2?
HALTER
I don’t want a number of sons, thank you, you’re plenty, I’m fine.
NUMBER 1
Why don’t you just let me leave?
HALTER
My darling
NUMBER 1
I want to go away
HALTER
I love you.
NUMBER 1
That’s something you can’t help.
HALTER
I'm sorry.
NUMBER 1
I'm not saying you should be. Just let me leave
HALTER
I still am. I am sorry.
NUMBER 1
Leave leave leave
HALTER
For what for a week or two a holiday
NUMBER 1
Forever
HALTER
no
NUMBER 1
yes
HALTER
yes
NUMBER 1
yes?
HALTER
yes
NUMBER 1
no, no, no, wa-
Silence

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HALTER
HALTER
Ah, I miss him so much. I miss them both.
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