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Cloud 9

Cloud 9
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Caryl Churchill
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 112
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0573618747
ISBN-13: 9780573618741
Cast Size: 3 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Cloud 9 was one of Royal National Theatre of Britain's top 100 plays of the 20th century.

Cloud 9 is a full-length comedy by Caryl Churchill. A search for love and acceptance that stretches from 19th century colonial Africa to 1970s London. With humour and tenderness Cloud 9 explores the changes in men's and women's roles, sexual expression, and the meaning of family and marriage.

Cloud 9 is a farce about sexual politics and relationships – between women and men, men and men, women and women. It is about sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, grandmothers, politics, money, Queen Victoria and sex. Here we are in 1880 darkest but British Africa as portrayed in old movies, plays and novels. Only with a difference. Both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes especially towards sex. There is Clive, a British functionary, his wife Betty (played by a man), their daughter Victoria (a rag doll), Clive's friend Harry an explorer, Mrs. Saunders who runs about dressed in a riding habit, Clive's son Edward who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman and Joshua a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on. What really is going on is a marvellous send up and a non-stop round robin of sexual liaisons. All this time the natives are restless in the background. The second act shifts to London in 1980 except for the surviving characters it is only twenty five years later and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated along with the Empire. A provocative early work by British playwright Caryl Churchill.

Cloud 9 created a sensation with its world premiere in 1979 at the Dartington College of Arts in Totnes, England and its Off Broadway premiere in 1981 directed by Tommy Tune. The play is regularly performed in repertory and college theatre productions.

Cast: 3 women, 4 men with doubling.

What people say:

"Miss Churchill has a highly original imagination, and if what she's got to say is familiar it's funnier and fresher than the last time we heard it said ... [Cloud 9] is succinctly sassy, elegantly insulting, written with a quill pen that seems to have been deftly dipped in ice water." — The New York Times

"I really don't know when I've had more fun. It blends farce, pathos into a work of total theatre." — New York Daily News

"An examination of postcolonialism and gender issues doesn't sound like the kindling for a hot night on the town. But Brit playwright Caryl Churchill knows what she's doing when she uses these subjects as the launching pads for her absurd sense of humour and critical commentary. Her play Cloud 9 —a two act drama in which time and identity are not the rigid constructions we know them to be — is arguably the pinnacle of the playwright's career." — Eye Weekly (Toronto)

About the Author:

Caryl Churchill is widely recognized as one of the UK's leading playwrights. She was born in London and after the Second World War her family emigrated to Montreal in Canada. She returned to England to attend Oxford University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. One of the most respected dramatists in the English-speaking world, she is an internationally known playwright whose work has been given major international theatrical awards throughout the world.

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