Top Girls by Caryl Churchill GemArt Productions “Gemma Whelan’s production of Top Girls was outstanding...best theatre I have seen over the past couple of years.” Robert Lewis; Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University “Gemma is equally at ease staging Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls.” Sue Daly; Theater Designer, Sunsaura
Marlene is a driven woman who is employed at the Top Girls employment agency in London. She has left her former life in rural England, and her child with her sister Joyce, in order to climb the career ladder. Set in the Britain of Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980’s, the play examines what it means to be a successful woman, initially using historical characters to explore different aspects of womens’ social achievement.