A masterpiece from one of the greatest dramatists of our time, Could 9 is about sexual politics in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, in which all our assumptions about sex and gender are stunningly exploded. Cloud Nine is also about sex, work, mothers, power, generations, politics, and money, which is why this classic play feels as urgent today as when it made Churchill a household name.
Amidst a current surge of Caryl Churchill plays locally, Custom Made Theatre contributes this brilliant 1978 comedy/drama by the great British playwright. It’s a time-traveling two-act; Act I is set in colonial Africa in the buttoned-up Victorian era, Act II in the late 1970s in a London park. The actors from the first act also appear in the second; in fact, some of the Act I characters themselves reappear—older now, played by different actors.