Top Girls

12 FEB - 24 MAR 2018

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House$25/Student, $12.50/PSFP

Sydney Theatre Company presents


By Caryl Churchill

It takes a hard head to smash a glass ceiling

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.

STC favourite Helen Thomson (After Dinner) 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.

Resident Director Imara Savage has assembled a suitably fearless all-female ensemble including Paula Arundell (The Bleeding Tree), Kate Box (ABC’s Rake), Michelle Lim Davidson (ABC’s Utopia) and Heather Mitchell (Cloud Nine) to power this high-octane opening to our 2018 season.

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

Duration 2hrs 30mins (including interval)
Content warning Strong language


  • HSC Drama Topic 8 (2018) Significant Plays of the 20th Century
  • HSC Drama Topic 3 (2019-2021) The Voice of Women in Theatre


  • Second Wave Feminism
  • Career vs Family 
  • Women throughout History
  • Individual vs Society
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