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Numbers - Short Play, Dark Comedy
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Numbers

Kieron Barry

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Short Play, Dark Comedy

4f

ISBN: 9780573702563

Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies. This brutal and hilarious one-act comedy, set in an all-girls' boarding school, depicts a vicious battle of wills between four Sixth Form girls in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced.

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Description

Short Play

Dark Comedy

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - An English boarding school. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

In 2009 Kieron Barry was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. He
was also made a Norman Mailer Fellow.

This brutal and hilarious one-act play was declared one of the greatest plays of all time for women in Lucy Kerbel’s volume 100 Great Plays For Women. Set in an all-girls’ boarding school, Numbers depicts a vicious battle of wills between four Sixth Form girls in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced. As the girls vie for the coveted position, old friendships and loyalties give way to ambition and betrayal. Nothing is too extreme in a battle which increasingly proves less about the disputed role and more about how the girls’ conflicting ideologies of class, privilege and morality will affect the rest of their lives.


"...clever, fast-paced, witty and caustic... well-crafted and wonderfully funny." - Time Out London

"
Kieron Barry's [Numbers] is a wonderfully crafted, well-constructed and deftly thought out piece of theatre." - The Stage, London

"This well constructed, four-hander is chock full of wit and littered with class wars...great entertainment." - Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Numberpremiered at the Landor Theatre, in London in 2005.
Characters

CASTING

4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

KATHERINE
ISABEL
JENNIFER
HETTY
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Kieron  Barry

Kieron Barry

Kieron Barry was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. His plays include the verbatim drama Stockwell, which enjoyed two sell-out runs in London in 2009. It was described by The Times in its five-star review as 'more gripping than anything else to be seen in the London theatre' and by the Daily Express as 'stark, stunning... deeply poignant... one of the most important plays of the year.' The play prompted ... view full profile

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Reviews
Lauren Ray 19/08/2015 08:02
Although I am an American, my long relationship with British literature made the very-UK references in this play totally comprehensible.

Barry has done an outstanding job of writing a play that unpacks the very complex world of adolescent female relationships. It is also quite refreshing to read a play that is clearly designed to be performed by and for high schoolers. The piece is definitely age appropriate, and because of how keenly Barry tackles the interpersonal conflicts between the characters in her play, it is certain to make an impact on youth and adult audiences alike.

Masterfully crafted!

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