Gender-Switch The Classics — But Only To A Point

“Cross-dressing is a vital part of theatrical tradition. It has also acquired an extra layer of significance in an age when women feel a new empowerment and want to extend their theatrical territory. But in society, as Caryl Churchill reminds us in Top Girls, it is pointless for women to ape role models. Equally, in theatre, there is little purpose in women (or men, for that matter) merely replicating the opposite gender.”