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Cloud 9: A Play (Revised American Edition)

Cloud 9: A Play (Revised American Edition)
Author: Caryl Churchill
ISBN 13: 9780415901352
ISBN 10: 415901359
Edition: 4 Revised
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1984-03-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 111
List Price: $25.00

Cloud Nine is an inventive, surrealistic and entertaining look at sexual repression and sexual role conditioning.
The first act takes placei n Victorian Africa, suggeting the parallel between colonial and sexual repression. Clive, the whtie man, imposes his ideals on his family and the natives. Betty, his wife, is played by a man because she wants to be what men want her to be; and Joshua, their black servant, is played by a white man because he wants to be what whites want him to be.
The second act is set in London in 1979--in the changing sexuality of our own time. The characters, who have ages only twenty-five years, have become more real to themselves, men suffer as well as women, and our identities are warped by conforming to "unnatural norms".