Friday, May 24, 2019
Come one and all for England
Come oneness and all for England, rally to the flag From North and South and East and westward Come one and all for England (Cloud 9) Act one of Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill is set in a British African colony in the nineteenth century. The first scene takes place on the verandah of a house. The scene also opens with an opening song introducing all the char playacters in the come out. Before the show even starts, the actors come out, not fully dressed, and warm up. I think that this was a directors choice to show the audience which characters are female and which ones are male.Evelyn Gaynor was one of the actresses who came out before the show in a wig cap to show she was imparting a boy in the first act. Evelyn does an excellent theorize with transitioning from a male in act one to playing a female in the second act. In the opening scene you see Evelyn play the role of childlike Edward. You see Edward tending after Victorias doll, which annoys his founder because he thinks t his is unmanly. You also question Edwards sexuality during this scene because of Evelyns character choices with the doll. Evelyn embraces the doll like it is her prized will power as well as rippleing to it.All of these interactions with this prop gives the audience a sense that Edward has some feminine qualities. You also sense the feminine qualities in Edward finished his interactions with his uncle Harry. You see the the love Edward has for his uncle in the opening scene and throughout the rest of the first act. At first it looks as if Edward is just longing for that loving father figure that Clive doesnt provide to his son, but as act one proceeds, you See Evelyn make very strong character choices to show that its more than that.You see Evelyn linkup nearer and nearer to Harry each time they are together in a scene. You also see the sinlessness shine though Evelyn when she asks her uncle to do that thing again that they did during Harrys last visit. Evelyn beams with happin ess when she asks this question which make the mathematical process believable. I honestly believe that Edward doesnt know the impact of whats going on because Evelyn plays The innocence of Edwards character so well. I feel that Evelyns overall intention of playing the part of Edward was to show the Journey of Edwards true truggle.You can see through Evelyns performance that Edward constantly battles with trying to impress his father and also be true to himself. Evelyn Does an excellent job in playing the true, young, innocent age of the young Edward. Because Evelyns choices to talk as a would it makes the character more believable. By this, I mean the way she is either whining, pouting, or Just talking as a young child would. This helped me to actually picture a young child go though these true struggles with his father as well as his sexuality.At the beginning of act two you can see that Evelyn has made the transformation from Edward, a male, to Betty, a female. These two charact ers, in my opinion, are polar opposites, and for Evelyn to master both parts is zipper short than amazing. Unlike act one, Evelyn now plays Betty, a now more liberated Betty (unlike Betty in act 1). Evelyn plays this role with the utmost class.. at first. She holds her basis and takes her beats to collect herself during he first chunk of lines but as you see Betty unwind and tell her children about the divorce, you see an underlying anic in Evelyns voice.This shows that Betty passive is quite afraid to hold her own. I overall intentions in act two were to be able to branch out by nerselt and realize she doesnt assume a man to support her in order for her to survive. with this said, Evelyn takes us on a Journey of realization by showing each side of the clean Betty. You see the stronger, more confident Betty and also the more venerable Betty. You can see that Evelyn chose to show her most venerable point when she was trying to leach onto the lats get hold in having a relationsh ip with her own daughter.