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Usually my favourite Churchill play, this is a moving and intense exploration of the relationship between a father and his sons, cloned ones; a dead one too. The issue of identity comes in for a searching, often funny examination and soon the richness of this territory is apparent. I was reminded of the effect of a mantra, except here repetition of the word number garnered it multifarious meanings, rather than a loss of meaning. What does each son, what can each son mean to his father? What ought the father to feel for his sons? What does he? For his first dead son? A moving but never solemn piece that lives on stage and page. The effect of Beckett is evident in the spare, beautifully written dialogue and the characterization is, as it has to be, superbly delineated.
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on 12 December 2009
Dark, intense, funny yet disturbing. An hour long play that raises uncomfortable questions about humanity. Churchill's dialogue is a treat.
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on 13 November 2013
sad but once I started to read it I had to finish it, strange after I read it there was something in the news that mirrored this book only thing was he was not here to tell the tale cruel world we live I n
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on 4 February 2016
This play really tugs at the true meaning on life and whether we conform because of genetics or because of our environmental surroundings. great play and in perfect condition
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on 15 July 2015
Thought provoking. Brilliant!
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on 16 November 2014
Ordered to help my daughter will her GCSE.
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