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BACKGROUND INFORMATION
· Top girls is set in the 1980s, during the
period of Thatcherism in the UK.
· It was written by Caryl Churchill, and
was said to reflect a modern style of
play writing, where a short sentence
can be loaded with meaning.
· Highlights class conflict, feminism,
Marxism, dreams, family and
historical figures.
· About Marlene, the new managing
director of an employment agency.
· Top girls is "a sophisticated gem about
the choices women make and the
choices forced upon them" ­ Coral
Andrews…read more

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CARYL CHURCHILL...
· Caryl Churchill is an English dramatist known for her
use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist
themes, dramatisation of the abuses of power, and
exploration of sexual politics.
· Early in her career as a dramatist, Caryl Churchill
articulated the necessity for challenging the accepted
ways of seeing things, by challenging the forms or
conventions by which they are represented in stage:
· "Playwrights don't give answers, they ask questions. We
used to find new questions, which may help answer the
old one or make them unimportant, and this means
new subjects and new form... the imagination needn't
have the same limits as factual knowledge; we may
make cautious philosophic and scientific statements,
but we do not have to feel, visualise and imagine
cautiously."…read more

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ACTS 1,2 & 3 SETTINGS
· Act one: is based in a restaurant where
Marlene is celebrating her promotion in the
employment agency.
· Act two: is Angie's story notifying
possibilities of Marlene's life being related to
hers. Also including interviews and incidents
within the employment agency.
· Act three: was the year before Marlene's
promotion and Angie's insight to who
Marlene actually is.…read more

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LITERARY REFERENCES
· There are references to historical stories and paintings, one
being the character Griselda, who is also a character from
the `Canterbury tales' by Chaucer. Griselda: `nobody knew
who the bride was, we thought it must be a foreign princess, we
were longing to see her.'
· Another literary/ Artistic reference is the character Dull
Gret who is a is the subject of the Brueghel painting `Dulle
Griet' `There's a big devil sat on a roof with a big hole in its arse
and he's scooping stuff out of it with a big ladle'- this quote
describes the famous painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
· Pope Joan also recites a Latin speech at the restaurant
which refers to Of the Nature of Things (Latin: De Rerum
Natura) by poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus.…read more

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DULLE
GRIET
PAINTING
THE CLERK'S TALE ­
CANTERBURY TALES:
GRISELDA'S CHILD
TAKEN BY PRINCE
HUSBAND…read more

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