Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine Reading The Script For Caryl Churchill S 1979 Play About Sex And Love Is A Special Workout For The Imagination First, She Asks You To Imagine Characters Whose Sexual Identities And Alliances Shift Constantly Then She Asks You To Imagine That Most Of The Characters Make An Impossible Leap In Time, From Colonial Africa In The Victorian Age To Contemporary Britain Lastly, She Asks You To Imagine Some Of The Male Characters Played By Women And Some Female Characters Played By Men Churchill Likes To Get Things Good And Mixed Up So All The Audience S Preconceptions About Gender, Romance, And Lifestyle Are Scrambled, Neutralized, And Possibly Even Rebuilt The Title Refers To The State Of Orgasmic And Emotional Bliss That Everyone In This Play Seems To Be Striving For So Desperately. A hilarious and incredibly raunchy play from one of Britain s pre eminent playwrights Caryl Churchill Packed to the brim with taboo breaking moments and played out by a cast of gender bending and race transcending characters, Cloud Nine is a play that will make you think, and gag, and
Cloud 9 is a dive into the deep end of sexual politics.From the cast list which indicates that some women and girls should be played by men, a black character played by a white, and a boy by a woman it s clear that readers are in for an adventure.How successfully this works is another question Cloud 9 is broken into two acts The first act tells the story of a British family in Africa during the Victorian era They are part of an oppressive regime, and the oppression of the Africans by the Brit Cloud 9 is a dive into the deep end of sexual politics.From the cast list which indicates that some women and girls should be played by men, a black character played by a white, and a boy by a woman it s clear that readers are in for an adventure.How successfully this works is another question Cloud 9 is broken into two acts The first act tells the story of a British family in Africa during the Victorian era They are part of an oppressive regime, and the oppression of the Africans by the British is reflected in the family by the oppression of the family by the father The second act is set in the late 1970s, and many of the same characters appear, though they have only aged 25 years In this act, the characters satisfy some of their sexual longings, and we see a vastly different family dynamic The characters have moved home, changed, and grown
Boy o boy This play caused quite the uproar in my 2009 North Campus Washington State Penitentiary Representative Plays class 6 students got to page six and slammed the book shut and refused to keep reading as their response paper told me Yikes I had never thought of this as a very controversial play I did the dramaturgy in a team effort in 1999 and I was watching the gender switching time switching genre switching place switching right in front of my little eyes and I hadn t really tho Boy o boy This play caused q
Very peculiar This was a required reading for my philosophy class I didn t appreciate the random element of this play There is probably lots to analyze in there but I just got bored with the crudeness and the confusing plot There are way too many characters Not for me. I love this play Maybe I m the right age for it Maybe it s just different enough to be interesting, maybe because I don t read a lot of plays I think it s clever, maybe Caryl Churchill is just an amazing writer It has two acts, one set in Victorian times in a British colony in Africa Act Two is in London in 1979 a hundred years have passed, but for the characters it is twenty five years later In first act, Betty, who is Clive s wife, is played by a man to symbolize her trying to be everyt I love this play Maybe I m the right age for it Maybe it s just different enough to be interesting, maybe because I don t read a lot of plays I think it s clever, maybe Caryl Churchill is just an amazing writer It has two acts, one set in Victorian times in a British colony in Africa Act Two is in London in 1979 a hundred years have passed, but for the characters it is twenty five years later In first act, Betty, who is Clive s wife, is played by a man to symbolize her trying to be everything men want her to be and not appreciate herself as a woman Joshua, their black servant is played by a white to represent him not respecting himself as a black man and modeling himself after what Clive wants him to be Their son, Edward, is played by a woman because he is effeminate and gay, despite his father trying to straighten him out In Act Two, the only charac
Well this play was absolutely off the wall After really hating Top Girls I was so pleased at how enjoyable this was It s quite dizzying with it s race and gender swaps, time jumps from colonial Africa to 1970s London, and everyone seeming to be sleeping with everyone else A lot of the themes in the play are quite dark, and troubling and immediate, but that doesn t stop it from being really fun When I read this in my head it al
Cloud 9 wrestles with a lot of important social issues by rendering the familiar unfamiliar women are played by men, men are played by women, and a black man is played by a white man In this sense, it s satirical and a little bit nonsensical the first act takes place in colonial Africa and the second act in the somewhat present day, although the characters only age 25 years in the time that passes between acts I appreciated the relationality at the heart of many of the conflicts between ch Cloud 9 wrestles with a lot of important social issues by rendering the familiar unfamiliar women are played by men, men are played by women, and a black man is played by a white man In this sense, it s satirical and a little bit nonsensical the first act takes place in colonial Africa and the second act in the somewhat present day, although the characters only age 25 years in the time that passes between acts I appreciated the relationality at the heart of many of the conflicts between characters how they occupy and don t occupy the gender roles society has prescribed for them how they can and can t fulfill these obligations toward each other and even how subverting traditional expectations can often prove unsatisfying Ultimately, though, I can t say it was something I loved because it s a piece of theater whose delivery truly depends on its performance and I haven t gotten to watch a production of it Because of the unusual casting decisions, I
Churchill really is so good at what she does The fact that this play premiered in 1981 is absolutely surreal to me It feels so ahead of its time It feels so revolutionary Even reading it now, it feels revolutionary.The way Churchill writes about sex and women is so honest that it hits you in the face There is nothing sugarcoated They are honest characters that exist in such a creative way that I find myself c
This was a play I had to read for my tutorial at University and I m really glad that it was chosen It was uncomfortable in a way that a play about sexual politics should be, and it was both thought provoking and crudely funny as well I liked the references to other pieces of literature and also songs from around the time, Tommy s Gun , that were subtle but added to the meaning The characters, although many of them deliberately archetypal of the people they were supposed to represent in soci This was a play I had to read for my tutorial at University and I m really glad that it was chosen It was uncomfortable in a way that a play about sexual politics should be, and it was both thought provoking and crudely funny as well I liked the references to other pieces of literature and also songs from around the time, Tommy s Gun , that were subtle but added to the meaning The characters, although many of them deliberately archetypal of the people they were supposed to represent in society, were easy to form relationships with I.E I hated at least three of them by the end of the play and found almost all of them very quest
Well that was interesting I liked the gender bending I ll be very interested to discuss this in class But I m evensure now that I don t like 20th century things, or at least the stuff the uni chooses, cause it s

[Reading] ➮ Cloud Nine  ➶ Caryl Churchill – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 92 pages
  • Cloud Nine
  • Caryl Churchill
  • English
  • 18 April 2017
  • 1854590901