Synonymous with a small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi “can-do-attitude”, Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-known entertainers. They’ve been cultural touchstones for more than 40 years, their playful, powerful and political creative work continuing to resonate with a broad audience across generational and political divides.
Whether it’s as Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Gingham Sisters, Westie girls Raylene and Brenda, posh socialites Pru and Dilly or the Kiwi bloke and townie combo of Ken and Ken, these two extraordinary women continue to champion the communities and cause near and dear to us.
The Twins have also cleverly brought a range of sensitive and important topics to our living rooms - including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) inclusion, feminism and gender equality, Bastion Point and Nuclear Free - all with a big dose of humour and an ethos of fairness.
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, together with Auckland-based Diva Productions, is thrilled to have developed a new exhibition celebrating the lives and influence of iconic Kiwi duo, the Topp Twins.