Sydney Theatre Company Presents
Top Girls
By Caryl Churchill

Sydney Theatre Company opens its 2018 season with the Caryl Churchill classic Top Girls, directed by STC Resident Director Imara Savage with an extraordinary all- female ensemble including Helen Thomson, Kate Box, Michelle Lim Davidson, Paula Arundell and Heather Mitchell.

Written in London in 1982, the year the phrase ‘having it all’ was coined, Top Girls explores the balance of career and motherhood, and asks big questions around power, ambition, family and responsibility – questions we’re still asking today.

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 – as heavyweight intellectual ideas are thrown around over dinner and seven bottles of Frascati.

STC Top Girls Paula Arundell and Helen Thomson by Rene Vaile

Paula Arundell and Helen Thomson will star in STC’s Top Girls (Photo by Rene Vaile)

However, 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.

According to Helen Thomson, who plays Marlene, the issues raised in Top Girls are as relevant now as they were in the 80’s.

“What’s so interesting is the next wave of women in today’s workforce are realising the pay gap is still there and the glass ceiling still exists. So women are seeing that we have to work together to help each other – through movements like Lean In and #MeToo. It’s all along the same trajectory and part of the ongoing discussion of the women’s movement,” Thomson says.

Thomson will be joined by an all-female cast – Paula Arundell (The Bleeding Tree), Kate Box (ABC’s Rake), Michelle Lim Davidson (ABC’s Utopia), Claire Lovering (Dinner), Heather Mitchell (Cloud Nine) and Contessa Treffone (All My Sons) – to bring this high-octane production to the spectacular Sydney Opera House stage.


Dates: 12 February – 24 March, 2018
Venue: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Pricing and ticket information:

2018 Season Tickets (packs of 6 – 14 plays) on sale now: Save at least 20% on full price single tickets, access the best available seats and get a lot of exclusive benefits all year.

Single ticket prices: Saturday evening $108; Adult $103; Seniors cardholder $93; Concession $82; Under 30 $81; Preview $81;
Group bookings (10+ people) $87

Insight events:

Pre-season briefing: Mon 29 January 7pm – Richard Wherrett Studio
Night with the actors: Mon 12 March and Monday 19 March post-show