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Students Perform Cloud 9 & Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill

17th June 2013

Calderdale College Performing Arts students will be performing two plays by British playwright Caryl Churchill at the Empty Space Theatre at Calderdale College. ‘Cloud 9’ will be performed on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June and 'Vinegar Tom' will be performed on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June.

Cloud 9 presents two contrasting time periods in Britain which take place in two different acts of the play. In Act I Victorian beliefs are dominant through the displays of "deviant" sexual behavior between the characters. The audience is forced to recognize that women play men, men play women and adults play children. This is juxtaposed with Act II which takes place in London in 1979 during a time of women's liberation. The play explores issues such as post-colonialism, gender identity and the oppressive nature of violence.

Vinegar Tom is a feminist play which examines gender and power relationships through the perspective of 17th century witchcraft trials in England. Caryl Churchill uses the theme of witchcraft to highlight how marginalised women who did not conform to the norms of society were often branded as witches by the male dominated establishment. Through the theme of witchcraft, scorching sarcasm and pure anger she condemns the past and present oppression of women.

Caryl Churchill wrote these plays at the height of the second feminist movement in the 20th century to reflect how dominate male control was at the time and how women have been historically been taught to be subservient to men.

Don’t miss Caryl Churchill’s controversial plays by Performing Arts students at the College. Our students perform a wide selection of plays and pantomimes throughout the academic year, so please check our events section for more details.

All evening performances will start at 7.00pm and will last approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

Tickets for both plays are free and refreshments will be served during the interval, to book please call 01422 357 357.

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