Top Girls  
Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Marta Dunphy-Moriel

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd September
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 23rd September

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Choices, choices, choices ... you can have anything you want, just not all at the same time.

Career-driven Marlene is only interested in women's success in business. Her sister Joyce is a stay at home mum with a difficult teenage daughter.

Marlene throws a dinner to celebrate her promotion and her guests talk about their lives and achievements. But these are not just any women; each is a historical, fictional or mythical woman who has faced adversity and suffered bitterly to attain her goals; determined women who won and lost, who suffered ... and many a time at the hands of other women. Exploring love, religion, sex, equality, politics, class, intellect and more, this critically-acclaimed play poses dreaded unanswered question to the characters and to the audience alike : was it worth it?

Photography by Lidia Crisafulli

Cast List

Marlene : Hannah Cartwright
Isabella Bird / Joyce / Mrs Kidd : Heather Dalton
Lady Nijo / Win : Jessica Irwin
Dull Gret / Angie : Gabriella Dugdale
Pope Joan / Louise : Landé Belo
Patient Griselda / Nell : Melita Novak
Waitress / Kit / Shona / Jeanine : Leyla Doany


Production Team

Director : Marta Dunphy-Moriel
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Jennifer Oramah, Amy Okeejee Lighting Design : Jess Bernberg
Sound Design : Jacqui Marchant-Adams, Francesco Marseglia
Stage Manager/Assistant Director : Hindatu Yvonne Comma

Although making her debut on the Tower stage Hannah Cartwright is no stranger to the world of theatre. Having previously participated in professional productions at the Salisbury Playhouse (the body double to Cinderella in the Christmas pantomime was no mean feat) she went on to study Drama and Philosophy at Royal Holloway, where she partook in various productions across a number of societies. Prominent past roles include Lynette in Can't Stand Up for Falling Down (RHUL Drama Society), Katisha The Mikado (Savoy Opera Society) and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare society). She couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Top Girls cast and to be a part of the Tower.
Heather Dalton has been an amateur actor for over twenty years but this is her first role for the Tower Theatre. With the Wanstead Players her roles have included Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Joan in Time and Time Again, Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls, Mrs Gibbs in Our Town, Edna Selby in Harlequinade, the Princess Royal in Crown Matrimonial and Major Barbara in Major Barbara. Heather has also played various roles in Measure for Measure, That Scoundrel Scapin, Oepidus Rex, Oh! What a Lovely War and The Hollow Crown.
Jessica Irwin performed with the Ann Kavanagh Young People's Theatre where she studied speech and drama theory and completed her exams for the Irish Royal Academy. She then became Chairperson of the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Drama Society where she studied Business Studies and Arts Management. She also worked with the marketing department of theatre company, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California and has completed a foundation course in drama therapy at Roehamption University, South London. After moving to London, she joined Woodhouse Players and performed in two pantomimes as chorus. She played Genevieve in The Long Christmas Dinner which won first place at the Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre and several parts in Fear and Misery of the Third Reich and Adventures of Kiki Hotpants : Angels, Superheroes, Mariachis . This is Jessica's first production with the Tower Theatre.
Top Girls is Gabriella Dugdale's first production with the Tower Theatre Company. Her debut in the West End was as Ida Rumour in The Lazy Ace (Shaftesbury Theatre). She recently performed Vera Vera Vera at the UK Triforce MonologueSlam (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) after a series of auditions to a panel of agents and casting directors and an enthusiastic audience. She is volunteering during August at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East Summer College which offers a range of masterclasses with professional actors and directors. Gabriella is the UK ambassador for Premiere, the global performance arts programme; she was invited to attend the Premiere programme in Florida. She is currently studying film and TV, musical theatre and comedy and drama at the Pauline Quirke Academy and is a final year student at Invicta Grammar School studying drama, psychology and mathematics.
This is Landé Belo's fourth production with the Tower. She played Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, multiple roles in Doctor Faustus and most recently, Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba. She is also currently starring in The Thriller Of The Year with Incognito Theatre which runs from 16 - 22 July.
Melita Novak is an academic focused on theatre, drama, playwriting and their socio-cultural impact. She has several degrees one of which is an MA in English Language and Literature and other being a BA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and History. Throughout her studies she has focused on British modern theatre. She is currently finishing a PhD where she focuses on contemporary British drama of women playwrights. Ever since she can remember, she has been passionate about theatre. She is making her debut on stage in this production. She has also shot, directed and edited her one and, so far, only film titled Somewhere in Between for which she wrote the script and where she explores dreams and reality in parallel worlds. In her free-time she paints and writes.
Leyla Doany's was recently seen in the Tower's The House of Bernarda Alba. Other acting highlights include playing a 70-year-old woman in a 4-star sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing in over 20 productions during her 4-year MA English Literature degree at the University of Edinburgh, and playing four characters of varying ages and genders for KDC's The Good Person of Szechwan in November 2016. When she's not acting, she can be found working as a media analyst specializing in breaking news.
For the Tower, Marta Dunphy-Moriel was assistant director for Frozen and The House of Bernarda Alba. Previously she directed Muerta mientras dormia (Dead in her sleep) and several short films and shows for M's Productions Presenta (Spain). Marta has also worked with the UAM theatre company (Madrid) and Grupo de teatro Ilusion (Andalusia) back in her acting days. As a writer, Marta has created the new English translation and adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba.