Cloud 9 is a satirical commentary of the British Empire and its rigid perspectives on gender roles and sexuality. The first act follows Clive, a colonial administrator, and his family as they try to contain the British colonies in Africa during the Victorian era. The second act follows the surviving characters in London, 1980. Between the acts, the characters have only aged 25 years and have been freed from their sexual repression, as well as from the Empire.
In Cloud 9, adults play children; men and women play opposite genders; and a white man plays a black man. With its inventive casting and Churchill’s biting analysis of social structures, Cloud 9 is an intelligent and comedic show that will challenge yesterday and today’s society.
by Caryl Churchill; Directed by Patrick Santoro, Ph.D.