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May 30, 2016

“Top Girls”, written by Caryl Churchill, opens at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, on Friday 10 June. This play is well known as an innovative, exuberant, postmodern exploration of women’s experiences through history and across cultures. 


The fantastical first scene, which is one of the most famous in modern theatre, is a dinner party in celebration of lead character Marlene’s promotion to the position of managing director of an employment agency. Marlene (played by Santie du Toit) is the quintessential ambitious and ruthless business woman of the 80’s. Attending the party are a bevy of lively and fascinating female characters from history and literature. After Act 1, the story follows Marlene to work where the audience will witness her high-flying colleagues in action at the employment agency and get introduced to Marlene’s sister and niece, who have clearly been left on the wayside of the modern woman’s rise to success. 

Jenny Brandt is at the helm of this play that explores the complexities of the position of the modern career woman. In 2015, Brandt brought Masque audiences the family drama “Crimes of the Heart” in her directorial debut. Heading up the cast for “Top Girls” is Santie du Toit, who was last seen on stage in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2015. Another regular face in the cast is Su Cunningham, who was last seen in “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” last year.


This production is presented by Claremont Dramatic Society. The same society that brought four hit shows to the stage last year: “Crimes of the Heart”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Honour” and “The Actor’s Nightmare”.


“Top Girls” opens at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, on Friday 10 June and runs until Saturday 18 June – excluding Sunday to Wednesday.


Book through Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 1898 (weekdays from 9:00-16:00 and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00). Alternatively, you can email


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