Cloud Nine

Year : 2007

Playwright : Carys Churchill

Theatre : Almeida

Almeida’s webpage for this play

Note : Although this webpage claims to have available a clip showing the cast in rehearsals, the actual clip is that of another play, not Cloud Nine.

Set in colonial Africa and modern-day Britain, Caryl Churchill’s landmark play Cloud Nine is about relationships – between women and men, men and men, women and women. It is about sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, grandmothers, politics, money, Queen Victoria and sex. By all accounts, this must have been a fun play, for both the actors and the audience. Each actor was required to play two roles. Nicola played a young man in Act One but was transformed into a granny in Act Two. The script also required her to sing, badly.

These photos have been taken from the Gallery available on the Almeida webpage for this play.

Update : 9 December 2012

The V&A in London is offering a free screening of the recorded version of this play on Sunday, 27 January 2013. Download the Press Release for more information about this and other plays included in this programme.


Try and make it to this screening, if you can. Nicola plays two different roles in this play. She also sings, badly, as per the play’s requirements.

Thank you, Lisa, for the heads up.


Most of the reviews for this play were positive, with special mention given to Nicola.

Evening Standard



The Stage


Whats on Stage

Six degrees

James Fleet, a cast member, also appeared with Nicola in Milner [TV], Cows [TV] and Four Weddings and a Funeral [Film].

Tobias Menzies, a cast member, also appeared as Andrew Lawrence, the Home Secretary in episodes 807 and 808 of Spooks [TV] but he did not have any scenes with Nicola in those episodes.

Jo Scanlan, a cast member, also appeared in Heading Out with Nicola.

Thea Sharrock, the director, also directed Nicola in Mrs. Klein [Stage].