Plays Directory : Cloud Nine

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Caryl Churchill
  • Written
    1978
  • Setting
    Various
  • Overview
    The two acts of the play form a contrapuntal structure. Act 1 is set in British colonial Africa in Victorian times, and Act 2 is set in a London park in 1979. However, between the acts only twenty-five years pass for the characters. Each actor plays one role in Act 1 and a different role in Act 2 - the characters who appear in both acts are played by different actors in the first and second. Act 1 parodies the conventional comedy genre and satirizes Victorian society and colonialism. Act 2 shows what could happen when the restrictions of both the genre of comedy and Victorian ideology are loosened in the more permissive 1970s.

    Cloud Nine contains elements of expressionism and absurdism, but also relies more on realist conventions than Churchill's later plays. The play uses controversial portrayals of sexuality and obscene language and establishes a parallel between colonial and sexual oppression. Its humour depends on incongruity and the carnivalesque, and helps to convey Churchill's political message about accepting people who are different and not dominating them or forcing them into particular social roles.

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4 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Alexandra Bell
2019, Clive
George Luscombe Theatre
Agnès Rivet
Agnès Rivet
Actor
2018, Ellen/Mrs Saunders/Victoria
Matthew Bloch
Matthew Bloch
Voice Over: American - Standard
2018, Betty
Freddie Griggs
2018, Betty/Edward
Network Theatre
Scott Henderson
2017, Betty
Christina Ellinas
2017, Lin
Darcey O'Rourke
2017, Mrs Saunders / Ellen / Betty
Centre College, Kentucky
Scarlett Smallbone
2017, Maude
Joseph Long
Joseph Long
Actor
2017, Clive/Gerry/Soldier
Weisiger Theatre
Estrella Alonso
2017, Edward
The Monkey House
Michelle Hudson
2017, Betty
Monica Young
Monica Young
Actor
2017, Edward
Grange Court Theatre
Shackiem Keen
2016, Harry
Ella Brooks
Ella Brooks
Wardrobe Supervisor
2016, Costume Designer
Chelsea Cranshaw
Chelsea Cranshaw
Company Manager
2016, Assistant Production Manager
Cassidy Furman
2016, Lin
Rolf Tooq
Rolf Tooq
Actor
2016, Joshua, Cathy
CISPA Showroom
Jolene Buchanan
2016, Clive
Joy Jones
Joy Jones
Actor
2016, Maud/Lin
The Studio Theatre
Gavin Duff
Gavin Duff
Actor
2015, Clive / Cathy

Alternative Names

Cloud 9