A Life Twice Given

Cloning –the perfect solution to grief.

Directed by John Burrows

Wrriten By Gail Louw

Based on the book by David Daniel

David and Lisa lead a blessed life in rural Virginia; children, a summer-house by the river, warmth and laughter until their worst nightmare happens and their eldest son is killed. Utterly distraught, David decides to do something to right this absolute wrong and enlists the help of an unconventional rabbi based in an old Synagogue in Prague. Blindingly mixing religious belief with cutting edge genetic science, David dangerously breaks the rules and a new son is cloned from the old one.

A happy family life resumes but then strange and disturbing things start to happen. The boy feels odd. The parents puzzlingly disconnected. Are the forces of nature fighting back? Is David’s arrogance in playing God backfiring in the most terrible way? 

Cast:  Natalia Campbell, Johnny Neal and Damian Reyes-Fox.

Award winning playwright Gail Louw has her plays performed throughout the world, including South Africa (flagship production at the Hilton Arts Festival), San Francisco (winning Best of the Fest), Oregon, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne and New Zealand.  Her other plays include; Shackleton’s Carpenter, The Mitfords, Being Brahms, Blonde Poison (Argus Award, Brighton Festival), Two Sisters,  Duwayne (Best New Play, Brighton Festival), Miss Dietrich Regrets (UK and South Africa winning the Naledi Best Actress Award) and the Czech Republic. Two anthologies of Gail’s plays (Plays 1 and 2) are published by Oberon Books. Her latest play The Ice Cream Boys will also play at Jermyn Street Theatre in October 2019.

Estimated running time 75 minutes, no interval.

Show Times



£22.00 £17.00 concessions