Top Girls (Student Editions)

Top Girls (Student Editions)

by Caryl Churchill (Author), Caryl Churchill (Author)

Synopsis

Caryl Churchill: 'A dramatist who must surely be rated among the half-dozen best now writing...a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting' Benedict Nightingale, New Statesman 'Ms Churchill is one of our best writers...her play is brilliantly conceived with considerable wit to illuminate the underlying deep human seriousness of her theme' Bryan Robertson, Spectator Set in the early Thatcher years, Top Girls is a serminal play of the modern theatre, revealing a world of women's experience at a pivotal moment in British history. Told by an eclectic group of historical and modern characters in a continuous conversation across ages and generations, Top Girls was hailed as 'the best British play ever by a woman dramatist' (Guardian). Commentary and notes by Bill Naismith and Nick Worrall

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 184
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Published: 15 Jul 2008

ISBN 10: 1408106035
ISBN 13: 9781408106037
Book Overview: This volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations, notes on individual words and phrases and photographs from stage productions. Top Girls is a set text on the AQA English Literature list for 2008/9 and 2009/10. It is also a set text on the EDEXCEL English Literature list for 2007/8 and 2008/9 Annual sales of the MSE edition in 2006 were 6864 copies; and in 2007, 7777 copies

Media Reviews
Top Girls has a combination of directness and complexity which keeps you both emotionally and intellectually alert. You can smell life, and at the same time feel locked in an argument with an agile and passionate mind. -- The Sunday Times

A dramatist who must surely be rated among the half-dozen best now writing a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting. -- New Statesman

One of our best writers her play is brilliantly conceived with considerable wit to illuminate the underlying deep human seriousness of her theme. -- Spectator


Top Girls has a combination of directness and complexity which keeps you both emotionally and intellectually alert. You can smell life, and at the same time feel locked in an argument with an agile and passionate mind. The Sunday Times

A dramatist who must surely be rated among the half-dozen best now writing a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting. New Statesman

One of our best writers her play is brilliantly conceived with considerable wit to illuminate the underlying deep human seriousness of her theme. Spectator


Top Girls has a combination of directness and complexity which keeps you both emotionally and intellectually alert. You can smell life, and at the same time feel locked in an argument with an agile and passionate mind. --The Sunday Times

A dramatist who must surely be rated among the half-dozen best now writing a playwright of genuine audacity and assurance, able to use her considerable wit and intelligence in ways at once unusual, resonant and dramatically riveting. --New Statesman

One of our best writers her play is brilliantly conceived with considerable wit to illuminate the underlying deep human seriousness of her theme. --Spectator

Author Bio
Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television and radio. Her acclaimed body of work includes Three More Sleepless Nights (1980); Top Girls (1982); Fen (1983); Mouthful of Birds (1986); Serious Money (1989); The Skriker (1984); Blue/Heart (1998) and Far Away in Autumn (2000).