Top Girls

Whip-smart, funny, and ultimately very moving
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Marlene is unstoppable. She’s been promoted to the top job at a London employment agency and it’s time to celebrate! Her dinner party with famous female figures from throughout history is one of playwright Caryl Churchill’s wittiest and best-known scenes.

But Marlene’s success is soon undermined by the compromises she’s made and the past she’s left behind. Privilege comes at a cost – but she might not be the one who picks up the tab.

Sydney Theatre Company favourite Helen Thomson makes a very welcome return to our stage in this modern classic, widely considered Churchill’s masterpiece. Whip-smart, funny, and ultimately very moving, Top Girls was written in London in 1982, with the cut-throat era of Thatcherism only just beginning. It asks questions about equality, feminism, wealth and family that are as pressing now as they were back then.

“Intent on breaking rules... Churchill sees the theatre as an open frontier where lives can be burst apart and explored.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“This play will arrest you, make you still, make you listen. It is a masterpiece play, and this is a masterpiece production.”

TIME OUT

“An unmissable tour de force”

THE AUSTRALIAN