A Number by Caryl Churchill
Rapture’s back with its latest theatrical offering of lunchtime bites starring two incredible actors: Robin Kingsland and Paul Albertson.
Robin and Paul have both worked with Rapture previously thrilling Scottish audiences in The Browning Version, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park (Kingsland) and Betrayal (Albertson) and are now both enjoying working on this play. “It’s very intense” said Paul who plays Bernard, the son, “but also funny, touching and disturbing in equal measures”. Robin laughs, “My character, Salter, is a bit of a conundrum. It’s up to audiences to judge him, not me but I think people will really enjoy working him out.”
A Number takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster as Salter and his son are forced to face the consequences of Salter’s decisions around the time of Bernard’s birth. It asks us to consider if we would want start all over again and what the consequences would be, if we did, for ourselves and for those we love.
Director, Lyn McAndrew, is convinced that the play will have a strong appeal. “Our audiences love puzzles, and this play is guaranteed to hook them in right from the start”, says Lyn. “We can’t wait to get back out on the road again. It was a joy doing The Dock Brief, in November last year, and this piece is so compelling, it’ll have audiences on the edge of their seats. It’ll appeal to anyone who has either had a parent or been a parent and shows family life is not always plain sailing!”