This isn't the sort of play you can read on the train...or half asleep. Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 aims to make strange that which we see far too often, similar to Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle (review here). But this play does it in a far more interesting and entertaining way. Certain characters are cross cast, meaning a man can be played by a woman, a POC character can be played by a white character and vice versa. This unique aspect of Cloud 9 satirises aspects of our society. To see a woman spewing sexist slurs, a white man playing the part of a slave all of this aims to show the injustices and frankly idiocy that still remains in our world to this day.
I loved his play but so many times I felt confused and had to check the casting list to see why certain lines were so important and certain scenes. I'm also not a massive fan of the gratuitous swearing and sex. A lot of it just seemed a little 'ugh this again'. Don't get me wrong I can see why it was included but surely there was a less 'I don't want to read this on the train with elderly people around me' way of writing this play? The cover doesn't really help either does it?
Overall, give this a go. If you're a fan of people such as Angela Carter or Christinia Rosetti you will probably quite like this!
Name: Cloud 9
Author(s): Caryl Churchill
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
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