We all think we are special. We all want to be unique. But, in fact, we all share over 99 per cent of our genes. And how would we feel if instead being special, we discovered that we were just one of “a number”. That’s the premise of Caryl Churchill’s wonderful play, revived by Lyndsey Turner and starring Lennie James as the father and Paapa Essiedu as the sons—all called Bernard—who discover that they are not unique. At first sight you might think this is a play about the ethics of cloning, but its interrogations of morality and selfhood are myriad, as it delicately, sometimes waspishly and always compassionately considers identity, parenting and what it is that makes us really us.
Every parent makes mistakes. Salter makes a number of them. Now 35 years later, his only child realises he’s not alone. Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu play father and sons. Age Recommendation: 14+