About the Book
NUMBER ONE is a play about the journey made by every schoolgirl. It speaks to the contemporary teenage experience, and through humour addresses universal issues such as the search for acceptance, self-definition, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
Merle Williams is a seventeen year old schoolgirl who is obsessed with being “number one”. What she wants most in the world is to be accepted; to be accepted by her father, by her family, and by her fellow pupils, but what she needs most is to be accepted by herself. Merle believes she can earn that acceptance if she can be the best at everything she does.
This quest leads to insanely comical consequences, as Merle chooses to define her self-worth according to her achievements in relation to others. On her voyage, Merle comes to realise that she has in fact only been damaging her self-esteem and confidence.
NUMBER ONE challenges the audience to choose how they want to define the person that they want to be, and then to have the courage to be that person.
Producer, Director and Director of Photography RICHARD has shot, directed and produced more than 2 000 hours of programming for both South African and International broadcast television. His more than 30 years of experience in the industry spans genres that include television drama (Jozi Streets, Zikathele, The Second Mrs. Styles), sitcom (Bentley), theatre (Flight of Bird, The Music Teacher, Number One, Crazy Diamond – a tribute to Pink Floyd), feature films (A Case of Murder), consumer journalism (Many episodes of Fair Deal & 96 episodes of Ufunda Ngomzikelo), variety (Latissimo, Rumba in the Jungle), sport (IWF Wrestling & The SA Dancesport Championships), travel (The Blue Train), children’s programs (Hare Bapaleng & Masidlale) and magazine programming (Top Billing, Carte Blanche, Selimathunzi, Front Row).