Cloud 9

Loves
Sexual relationship
Sexual relationship
Cloud 9
Overview
Main Characters
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Gender-bending farce Cloud 9 examines the sexual politics and power struggles of the past two centuries. Act I is set in 1880s Africa, where Englishman Clive and his family feel under attack from the native people and their "perverse" sexual practives. Traditional roles and expectations fall away a century later in Act II, set in 1979 London.
Clive
Betty's domineering husband and adulterer
Martin
Victoria's feminist husband
Maud
Betty's domineering mother
Betty
Malcontent Wife and mother
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Weeks of workshopping churchill did before writing cloud 9.
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Actors who play the 15 roles in some productions of the play.
1982
Year Churchill won the Obie for Playwriting for Cloud 9.
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Age when churchill moved to Canada, later moving back to England.
Themes
Power
Sexual Identity
Feminism
Clives'influence over his family and the native people crumbles in the midst of war and sexual awakenings.
Harry and Edward struggle with their homosexuality; Harry denies his, while Edward accepts his natural attractions.
In act I, women's Lives are dictated by men; by act II, women are running the show.
Author
CARYL CHURCHILL
BORN 1938
Known for her inventive plays, Churchill wrote cloud 9 during her tenure with the Joint Stock Theatre Group in London. With its fluid roles-males playing females and vice versa, a white man playing a black man-the play explores how victorian values continue to affect society.
Lin
Effeminate,homosexual son
Victoria
Bisexual, angry daughter
Lesbian divorcee
Edward
Loves
Harry
Closeted family friend
Symbols
Guns
Betty's Necklace
Doll
Represent masculinity and power
Symbolized the traditionally female role of submission in a relationship.
Embodies feminity and maternal instincts
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