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Top Girls

Caryl Churchill

Director: Gari Jones Designer: Sara Perks Lighting Designer: Richard Godin Sound Designer: Marcus Christensen

Cast includes: Amanda Haberland, Clare Humphrey, Kristin Hutchinson, Gina Isaac, Nadia Morgan, Shuna Snow, Amy Stacy

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.

Past Performances

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
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Mercury Theatre

  • Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT