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Top girls

Top girls

Churchill, Caryl

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 travelled 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 classic of contemporary theatre, Churchill's play is seen as a landmark for a new generation of playwrights. It was premiered by the Royal Court in 1982. "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)

Paperback, Book. English.
Fully rev. ed.
All formats and editions (4)
Published London: Methuen, 1984

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Details

Statement of responsibility: Caryl Churchill
ISBN: 0413554805, 9780413554802
Note: Previous ed.: 1982.
Physical Description: 87p ; 19 cm.; 87p. ; 19cm.
Subject: Drama in English 1945- Texts

Author note

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television and radio. Her acclaimed body of work also includes Three More Sleepless Nights(1980); Top Girls(1982); Fen(1983); Mouthful of Birds (1986); Serious Money(1989); The Skriker (1984); Blue/Heart(1998) and Far Away in Autumn(2000) which transferred to the West End.

Reviews

"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."
The Sunday Times, John Peter