Damask Productions will present Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 at 7.30pm on 21, 22, 23, 24 November at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow.
Written in 1978-9, Cloud 9 examines sexual and family relationships across two different eras. The male dominated rigid structure of Victorian colonial Africa is the backdrop for Act 1, whilst the less inhibited 1970s London and the sexual freedom it brought for many, is brought to the fore in Act 2. The same family characters appear in both acts, characters that have undergone their own journeys in terms of their sexuality and behaviours.
Julia Stallard, who plays roles outside the family, said: “Watching the family members as they struggle to come to terms with the changing times, whilst embracing the freedom it allows them is fascinating. Playing three roles outside of that family, all of whom challenge the way those characters view themselves and their sexuality has been a gift.”
For their debut at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Damask Productions selected the play because of its resonance thirty years after it was first performed. Director Janine Clements said: “Another generation is experiencing a recession and has anxiety around its future. Good role models are few and far between and superficial celebrities steal the limelight. Social media ensures that little is private and women still work as hard as their male counterparts for less recognition.”
She added: “Neither gender understands the other. Caryl Churchill's timeless classic examines these challenges with dark humour and pathos - its themes still resonate and her characters move the audience members to challenge their status quo.”
For more information or to book tickets, email email@example.com. Tickets are priced £12.50 (£10 concessions).