Top Girls

The play by Caryl Churchill now seems a bit dated, but it was still a pleasure to watch such a wonderful collection of female across. Tess Benger is the junior in this crowd and had the smallest parts, but she is definitely in the right company. Fiona Byrne controlled the action in the lead role as Marlene, but had tough competition from Catherine McGregor, Julia Course, Laurie Paton, Clair Julien and Tara Rosling. I thought I would fall out of my seat watching Laurie Paton as Dull Gret stealing the bread and cutlery as fast as it hit the table.

The feminist themes still resonate, but the play is loaded with time specific political references that soon will make no sense to anyone. Presumably they can be updated in future to either be less time specific or to be more timeless. I think the latter course will do more to make the play last.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Top Girls

  1. keithhpotter says:

    A strange play – the fantasy opening scene followed by three “ordinary” scenes, with the final open set before the other scenes. I suppose it keeps you on your toes, but I am not sure what else is gained.
    Still, strong acting and fun to watch.

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