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CLOUD 9

CHURCHILL, CARYL

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ISBN 10: 0416009514 / ISBN 13: 9780416009514
Published by METHUEN, NY, 1985
Used Condition: VG Soft cover
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Title: CLOUD 9

Publisher: METHUEN, NY

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:VG

Edition: REVISED EDITION

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Written for Joint Stock, this theatre company's workshop for the play was "sexual politics", thus giving Caryl Churchill the idea for her parallel between colonial and sexual oppression. Act I takes place in Victorian Africa, whilst Act II is set in modern London. Much interplay is made of gender and colour: for example, Clive, the white settler, has a black servant, Joshua, who is played by a white because he wants to be what the whites want him to be. Hilarious and thought-provoking.

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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.

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