Auditions: Top Girls

The Auditions

  1. Thursday 21 February 7.30pm to 10.00pm
  2. Sunday 24 February 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Both auditions will take place at Progress Theatre (in foyer). You are welcome to attend both dates.

Auditions are open to all, whether you're a member or not.


The Parts

Do have a browse of each of the character’s details. Often parts are doubled or tripled, but please do come along if you want to try for one role or three! All are welcome! 

If you want further information about any of the characters, please email

Top Girls Character list

(  ) playing ages

- Marlene  a 30 something career woman

- Lady Nijo  (30’s-60’) one of the Emperor’s concubines and Buddhist monk

- Isabella Bird  (60’s-70’s) English woman who travelled the world in her later years (Scottish accent an advantage)

- Dull Gret  (30’s-50’s) From a painting by Brughel, she is pictured leading other women into hell to fight the devils

- Pope Joan (30’s-40’s) Was Pope and deposed when it was discovered that she was a woman

- Patient Griselda (20’s-30’s) From a Chaucer poem. The fairytale ‘perfect obedient woman’

- Joyce  (40’s-50’s) Marlene’s older sister, coarse and down to earth. Angie’s mum.

- Angie  (16) Has learning difficulties and loves her ‘Aunty Marlene’. Does not get on with her mother, Joyce.

- Kit  (12) Aware that she is very bright.  Is fond of Angie.

- Win  (20’s- 30’s) a colleague at Marlene’s office. She continually dates married men.

- Nell  (30’s-40’s) a colleague at Marlene’s office. Applied for Marlene’s job too.

- Mrs Kidd  (50’s-60’s) wife of a male colleague of Marlene’s

- Shona  (19) An interviewee

- Jeanine (20’s) An interviewee.

- Louise (40’s, scripts specifies 46) An interviewee.

- Waitress (any age) No lines but must be on the ball throughout act 1 as is taking orders and waiting on the cast. The cues are specific!


The Play

‘Top Girls’ is a moving play, set (mostly) in the early 1980’s, that asks uncomfortable questions about being a modern woman. How do women want to be regarded by men? What is a woman’s value in the workplace? Should a woman stay at home to rear children? Is it possible to juggle family and career successfully? What should women do to ‘get ahead’ in their chosen fields? Did Thatcher’s career success filter down society to the ordinary working woman?

In this production we shall be asking these questions in a modern context. Here we are, 40 years after Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister (4th May 1979) and these questions want asking: and answering again.  Has much changed in the field of opportunities for women? In 2019, is the UK a different place for women? Has change happened?  Is it enough? Do young women have and expect different opportunities to those of the same age in 1979?