Cloud Watching (1998)

White Horse Road
14 May - 15 Jul 1998
Age range: 8 and under
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Raisha lives in the heart of the city. For the summer holidays, she is sent to the seaside to stay with her Auntie. Alone on the beach, building sandcastles quickly becomes boring. Things start to look more interesting when Raisha makes friends with a beachcomber and a lifeguard. Together, they discover that the natural world has plenty to offer if you only spend time to look up, down, around and beyond…

Cloud Watching was a play about imagination and experimentation. Devised and written in association with a working scientist, the play was inspired by the work of the influential 20th century optical and acoustic scientist C.V. Raman, and Luke Howard, the Victorian meteorologist and philanthropist.

The production toured to venues nationally.

You can access the script of this play via the British Library’s MPS Modern Playscripts Collection.

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Cast List

  • Deborah Asante Maya
  • Paven Virk Raisha
  • Lawrence Barber Ben

Creative Team

  • Chris Elwell Director
  • Edwina Ashton Designer
  • Kuljit Bhamra Composer
  • Mo Home Stage Manager


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Chris Elwell has been the Director of Half Moon Theatre on White Horse Road since 1997. He talks about Cloudwatching a production which was ahead of its time in 1998 as it involved a video artist and projection

Script extract