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Cloud 9 | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Early December, 1879

    Mrs. Saunders and Harry separately arrive at Clive and Betty's home in an unnamed part of Africa.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • That evening

    Betty and Harry kiss on the veranda.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Moments later

    Harry and Joshua have sex in the barn.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Days later

    Mrs. Saunders and Clive have sex.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Christmas Day, 1879

    Everyone plays hide and seek. Edward and Harry's previous sexual relationship is revealed.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Days later

    The stable boys are flogged for plotting against the British.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • The same day

    Clive shames Betty for her feelings about Harry, then refuses to speak to her.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • A few days later

    British soldiers set fire to a nearby village; Joshua's parents are killed.

    Act 1, Scene 4
  • The next day

    Clive is disgusted by the news Harry is gay and forces him to find a woman to marry.

    Act 1, Scene 4
  • A few days later

    Ellen and Harry get married.

    Act 1, Scene 5
  • Moments later

    Joshua aims a gun at Clive. Edward, the only person who sees, does nothing.

    Act 1, Scene 5
  • Winter, 1979

    Lin asks Victoria on a date.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • The same day

    Maud announces she is divorcing Clive.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Spring, 1979

    Martin tells Victoria to take a new job in a way that is both supportive and condescending.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • The same day

    Gerry and Edward break up because Gerry thinks Edward is too much like a wife.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Late spring, 1979

    Edward and Lin move in together.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • Early summer, 1979

    Edward, Lin, and Victoria stage an orgy in the park.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • Summer, 1979

    Victoria moves in with Edward and Lin; they and Martin all share custody of Cathy and Tommy.

    Act 2, Scene 4
  • Moments later

    Betty from Act 1 hugs Betty from Act 2.

    Act 2, Scene 4

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 Act 1 of Cloud 9 takes place in an unspecified African region during British colonization near the end of the Victorian ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Scene 2 takes place in an open space away from the house. Mrs. Saunders is running away from Clive, who keeps pestering ... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Betty, Maud, Mrs. Saunders, and Victoria are in the house waiting for the men to return from flogging the stable boys. T... Read More
Act 1, Scene 4 It is early morning on the veranda. Edward asks Joshua to tell him "another bad story" and Joshua complies, telling Edwa... Read More
Act 1, Scene 5 Joshua is setting the table on the veranda for the wedding when he spots Edward holding Victoria's doll. Joshua takes it... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 The setting has changed to winter in 1979 London, but only 25 years have elapsed for the characters. The scene begins wi... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 It is spring. The play's characters come in and out of the park and have brief conversations as Martin delivers a monolo... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 Victoria, Lin, and Edward are in the park on a summer evening. They are drunk and intent on having an orgy, which begins... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 Martin, Edward, and Cathy are in the park one day in late summer. Edward is updating Martin about Cathy's and Tommy's ne... Read More
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