Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays)
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Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays)

Caryl Churchill

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Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays)

Caryl Churchill

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A landmark play about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded. First staged by Joint Stock and premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 1979, it has since been staged all over the world.

Set in both colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, Cloud Nine is about relationships - between women and men, men and men, women and women. It is about sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, grandmothers, politics, and money.

'Sharp comedy and a serious purpose are splendidly combined... It unlocks the imagination, liberates the mind, and leaves you weak with laughter' Time Out

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Scene One
Low bright sun. Veranda. Flagpole with Union Flag. The family – CLIVE, BETTY, EDWARD, VICTORIA, MAUD, ELLEN, JOSHUA.
ALL (sing)
Come gather, sons of England, come gather in your pride.
Now meet the world united, now face it side by side;
Ye who the earth’s wide corners, from veldt to prairie, roam.
From bush and jungle muster all who call old England ‘home’.
Then gather round for England,
Rally to the flag,
From north and south and east and west
Come one and all for England!
This is my family. Though far from home
We serve the Queen wherever we may roam.
I am a father to the natives here,
And father to my family so dear.
He presents BETTY. She is played by a man.
My wife is all I dreamt a wife should be,
And everything she is she owes to me.
I live for Clive. The whole aim of my life
Is to be what he looks for in a wife.
I am a man’s creation as you see,
And what men want is what I want to be.
CLIVE presents JOSHUA. He is played by a white.
My boy’s a jewel. Really has the knack.
You’d hardly notice that the fellow’s black.
My skin is black but oh my soul is white.
I hate my tribe. My master is my light.
I only live for him. As you can see,
What white men want is what I want to be.
CLIVE presents EDWARD. He is played by a woman.
My son is young. I’m doing all I can
To teach him to grow up to be a man.
What father wants I’d dearly like to be.
I find it rather hard as you can see.
CLIVE presents VICTORIA, who is a dummy,
No need for any speeches by the rest.
My daughter, mother-in-law, and governess.
ALL (sing)
O’er countless numbers she, our Queen,
Victoria reigns supreme;
O’er Africa’s sunn...

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Author’s Introduction
  5. Note on the Text
  6. Act One
  7. Act Two
  8. About the Author
  9. Copyright and Performing Rights Information
Citation styles for Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays)

APA 6 Citation

Churchill, C. (2013). Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays) ([edition unavailable]). Nick Hern Books. Retrieved from (Original work published 2013)

Chicago Citation

Churchill, Caryl. (2013) 2013. Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays). [Edition unavailable]. Nick Hern Books.

Harvard Citation

Churchill, C. (2013) Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays). [edition unavailable]. Nick Hern Books. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Churchill, Caryl. Cloud Nine (NHB Modern Plays). [edition unavailable]. Nick Hern Books, 2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.