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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 into their own personalities.As a didactic text, Cloud 9 certainly succeeds It argues that masculinity is oppressive and that femininity and sexual freedom are the source ofenergy Clive, the patriarch in the family and the British loyalist, reprimands and represses everyone else while performing his own acts of moral ambiguity on the side Gay and lesbian characters suppressed in the first act are the source of all things good in the second act Oppressive government is bad, sexual freedom is cathartic, and little else seems to be important You can t help but see the point But because it is so programmatic, the play, in my mind, fails on a human level The characters as they are written show little depth, and the moments in the second act when they are meant to confront their weaknesses are overwrought They are made in black and white Little is left to mystery Only Betty, Clive s wife, who appears in both acts, seems to show shades of gray in her feeling and in her development Only she seems caught in the middle ground that most of us live our lives in.Lastly, shortly after reading this, I had a conversation with someone about August Wilson s Fences, in which each character searches for fulfillment in his or her on way maintaining a house, holding together a family, seeking a football scholarship, etc In Cloud 9, fulfillment for every character comes from sex or subservience Do I recommend itNot particularly It s a fun and provocative read, though Would I teach itDoubt it Lasting impressions Cloud 9 works as an exploration into sexual politics and fulfillment And there are some interesting structural decisions in it But that s about it 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 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 thought about the fact that if you re reading it, the little boy who is raped by the Uncle, is in fact, raped However, when you re watching it, it s played by a grown womansosome of it is mitigated, I guess The style of the first act is also so silly and fun that much of the oppression and abuse is mitigated that way Well, they didn t get full points for giving up and giving in to their biases, but I sure learned a lotWhew 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. Brilliant [ FREE PDF ] ⚉ Cloud 9: A Play (Revised American Edition) ♖ Cloud Nine is about 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 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 character played by someone not of their gender is a child, Cathy, who is played by a man.It sounds complex, and it is, but it makes for a great reading I really, really wish I could see this in performance though because there are so many intricacies created by doubling the actors and switching genders with actor character that could only come out properly in performance I will definitely go to see this as soon as it s put on anywhere near me.Churchill discusses sexual politics in an interesting way, looking at women who are willing to be subordinate vs those who are not, she plays with the sexuality of the characters and almost has homosexuality become a lifestyle rather than something one is born with, as all the main characters experiment with what they want their sexual life to encompass She ends the play with some resolution but no clear sexual resolution and thus I deduce that she is aware that for some sexuality has no clear frontiers 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 almost seemed like a musical, as most scenes do have a song involve 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 almost seemed like a musical, as most scenes do have a song involved Then there s the dialogue where every character seems to say exactly what they are thinking, with no subtext involved at all At least for me, that made it really funny Particularly with Clive and Martin in the first and then second acts of the play, so seem to be the straight males of the ensemble Clive s horror at his friend Harry s advances, as being a betrayal of the Queen and then Martin s description of his novel about women from the women s point of view are just a few examples of the play s cutting humour I found it a lotdigestible than Top Girls especially with the play s dialogue At times characters do seem to talk at each other rather than with each other, but this is kept to a minimum, and there s thankfully no instances of the brain hurting overlapping dialogue I suppose only a few issues I d have with Cloud Nine are its themes, and I suppose I m thinking about what it s actually saying, or trying to say Sure it s incredibly radical for 1978, and it explores the very complicated relationships of its queer characters very seriously There still seems to be an element of fear in its tone however, and I don t know if that s something reflecting its audiences attitudes or something Churchill herself is trying to warn As if in wake of the sexual revolution, same sex relationships have become much less taboo, but then at the same time the floodgates are open to incest and pedophilia It s quite a dangerous line to walk, especially when all these different sexualities are all mingling together in the same play Really I don t know if the play is a liberal one, or secretly conservative Maybe I m trying too hard to untangle all of it, Churchill just puts it all in there for us to marvel at Maybe we just need to see it read it to find out what makes us uncomfortable, and to ask ourselves why 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 think it s something best experienced live and in person 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 questionable Although reading it for pleasure is something I do recommend, I look forward to at some point getting the chance to see it performed on stage as it is supposed to be performed by only seven people, allowing for certain characters to be doubled up, reminding me of my Sophocles studies This would make for some interesting combinations of characters Overall, my second favourite play that I have read after the Crucible 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 confused and in awe of the complexity that is demonstrated There is nothing simple 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 confused and in awe of the complexity that is demonstrated There is nothing simple about this, but, at the same time, the whole thing is simple The twists at the end of each act remind me of a Black Mirror episode in that they are unexpected and earth shattering This was all so geniusly crafted I truly truly adored this work Thank you Churchill Women playwrights never cease to amaze me You are no exception