by  Kieron Barry

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  4f

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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    60 minutes (1 hour)
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    Target Audience

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

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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.

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  • 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.


"...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


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: An English boarding school. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


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Cast Attributes

  • All Female




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... de ...

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Numberpremiered at the Landor Theatre, in London in 2005.

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