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Top Girls - METHUEN EDITION

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Caryl Churchill

Published by Methuen

0 Male 7 Female

Marlene hosts a dinner party in a London restaurant to celebrate her promotion to managing director of Top Girls employment agency

Her guests are five women from the past:

Isabella Bird (1831- 1904) - the adventurous traveller

Lady Nijo (b1258) - the mediaeval courtesan who became a Buddhist nun and traveled on foot through Japan

Dull Gret, who as Dulle Griet in a Bruegel painting, led a crowd of women on a charge through hell

Pope Joan - the transvestite early female pope

And last but not least, Patient Griselda, an obedient wife out of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

As the evening continues we are involved with the stories of all five women and the impending crisis in Marlene's own life

A seminal classic of contemporary theatre, Top Girls Churchill's play was a landmark for a new generation of playwrights

It premiered at the Royal Court in 1982

REVIEWS

"Very funny and provocative ... A mind lifting experience" ~ N.Y. Post

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worse traits of self made men ... Truly original" ~ N.Y. Times

"Top Girls has a combination of directness and complexity which keeps you both emotionally and intellectually alert. You can smell life, and at the same time feel locked in an argument with an agile and passionate mind" ~ John Peter, Sunday Times

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