Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
For Marlene, the newly appointed MD of Top Girls Employment Agency, the guest list includes an intrepid Victorian adventurer, a Japanese Concubine, Pope Joan and a Flemish hell-raiser.
As the famous historical women raise a toast to the hard-nosed businesswoman, it becomes clear that for Marlene, as well as all the women around the table, success has come at a startling cost.
Giant shoulder pads and waves of girl power may have been and gone, but Caryl Churchill’s provocative play about ambition, success and what happens to those who get left behind, is still as strikingly relevant today as when it was written 30 years ago.
Gari Jones directs Mercury Theatre Company actors including Clare Humphrey, Nadia Morgan and Shuna Snow in this powerful and sometimes absurdist drama set in Thatcher’s Britain.
This production will contain strong language.
|Thu 1 Nov||7:30pm|
|Fri 2 Nov||7:30pm|
|Sat 3 Nov||7:30pm|
|Mon 5 Nov||7:30pm||Pay What you Can|
|Tue 6 Nov||7:30pm|
|Wed 7 Nov||7:30pm||Talk Back|
|Thu 8 Nov||2:00pm|
|Thu 8 Nov||7:30pm|
|Fri 9 Nov||8:00pm|
|Sat 10 Nov||2:30pm|
|Sat 10 Nov||7:30pm|
|Mon 12 Nov||7:30pm|
|Tue 13 Nov||7:30pm||Caption Performance|
|Wed 14 Nov||7:30pm|
|Thu 15 Nov||2:00pm|
|Thu 15 Nov||7:30pm|
|Fri 16 Nov||7:30pm|
|Sat 17 Nov||2:30pm||Audio Description|
|Sat 17 Nov||7:30pm|
Gina Isaac’s beautifully detailed Marlene. She inhabits the career woman to a degree where we cannot withhold understanding, even if our actual liking for the character is in short supply.
an absurdist idea that cleverly allows playwright Churchill to explore the role of women down the centuries
— East Anglian Daily Times
- Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT