1 Jul — 12 Aug 2017
Wharf 1 Theatre
Sydney Theatre Company presents
By Caryl Churchill
Who would you be on Cloud Nine?
Scandalously funny, thought-provoking and heartbreaking, Cloud Nine is an enduring theatrical masterpiece.
It's a story about people bursting to change who they are. Betty is a mother lusting for adultery. Edward is a boy trying to be a man. Joshua is a servant with a hunger for power. Ellen is a governess in love with another woman. Around them is an extended family of husbands, sisters, lovers and friends. Everyone is looking for liberation.
Their story begins in Victorian-era Africa – a time of corsets and colonies, of suppressed urges and hunting rifles. The play ends in London a century later, but the characters have aged only 25 years. For some, dreams have come true. For others, the complications have only just begun. Along the way, Churchill unpicks the knotted realities of love and identity with an audacious sense of humour and more than a little sauciness.
STC Artistic Director Kip Williams (Chimerica) brings a crisp new vision to this remarkable modern classic. STC Resident Designer Elizabeth Gadsby (Disgraced) is crafting the exquisite set and costumes. And a brilliant ensemble of actors will bring it all to life – including Kate Box (ABC’s Rake), Harry Greenwood (Love and Information), Heather Mitchell (Away), Josh McConville (All My Sons) and Anthony Taufa (Black is the New White).
Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information was a popular and critical success in 2015 and, in Cloud Nine, Kip Williams continues his exploration of her work with one of her greatest achievements. A master of character and politics, Churchill distils a symphonic array of ideas into living, breathing, tangible people you come to know, love or despise.
Cloud Nine will make you question your pre-conceptions, it will make you laugh and it will break your heart.
“The cleverest, drollest, most sexily experimental exercise in ‘compare and contrast’ that British theatre has probably ever seen.”
The Telegraph, UK
Duration and interval The play will run for approx. 3 hrs including one interval of around 30 minutes, which is slightly longer than usual due to a scene change. We kindly ask that you exit the theatre during the interval. If you need assistance, please remain seated and a member of staff will assist you. Thank you for your co-operation.
Content warning Contains adult themes - please get in touch with us if you have any queries. Cloud Nine also contains sex scenes, strong language, theatrical haze and smoke, herbal cigarettes, a gunshot effect and the use of complete blackout in the theatre.
Season Ticket prices
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Saturday evening A Reserve $79
Adult A Reserve $75
Seniors cardholder $68
Under 30 $60
Saturday evening $99
Seniors cardholder $86
Under 30 $75
Groups (10+ people) $79
Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter
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