The Topp Twins

An Exhibition for New Zealand

Topp Twins touring iconThe Topp Twins – an exhibition for New Zealand

Developed in heartland New Zealand by the award-winning team at Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North, The Topp Twins exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to celebrate the outstanding contribution these inspiring women make to our nation’s social, cultural and political landscape.

NEXT SHOWING: National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
April 2018

NEXT AVAILABLE: Please contact below for current availability.

Topp Twins touring icon - overview“The Topp Twins are iconic Kiwi entertainers. They represent the best of Kiwi values – fairness, hard work, down-to-Earth.”

Synonymous with small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi “can-do attitude”, Lynda and Jools Topp are among New Zealand’s best-loved 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.

As Camp Mother and Camp Leader, the Gingham Sisters, Westie girls Raylene and Brenda, posh socialites Prue and Dilly or the Kiwi bloke and townie combo of Ken and Ken, the Topp Twins continue to champion the communities and causes near and dear to us.


The  Topp Twins have also cleverly brought a range of 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.

This is a celebration of the things that have shaped us as a nation, and the spirit and values of the things that unite us rather than divide us.

Topp Twins touring icon - contentThe show celebrates the Topp Twins as national treasures, as well as vital contemporary artists and commentators on New Zealand’s social, political and cultural scenes.

Key themes include family background, creating the characters, contribution as popular musicians and entertainers, political activism, freedom and inclusion, LGBTQI empowerment and achievements.
Introductions to each segment are bi-lingual, and content is easily accessible.

The exhibition offers archival footage, writing, objects and documents from their comprehensive archive to illustrate and embody a lifetime of creative work.

Audiences can engage and participate in a variety of hands-on interactives which highlight the methods of creative political activism used by the Topp Twins, and offer audiences the opportunity to express their own thoughts and opinions.

Topp Twins touring icon - specsInformation and Specifications

Original costumes and memorabilia from the Topp Twins collection.
Eight AV screens (two with touch-screen menus), with interviews and archival footage placing the twins centre-stage throughout the exhibition.
Digital reproductions of archived documents unable to tour.
Five sets of replica costumes for audiences to try on/photograph.
A stylised replica of their touring caravan.
Plywood walls for the Politics section.
Touring in a 40ft high top container.

Floor area: minimum 250 square metres – up to 350 square metres.
Flexible lay-out options and can be scaled down for smaller venues with floor lay-out assistance/advice from Te Manawa prior to delivery.
Secure, level and dry storage of container during installation/pack-out and storage off-site by venues.

Marketing materials; education materials; exhibition manual.
Technician for installation/disassembly (on a cost recovery basis).
Please note any live performance by the Topp Twins is not included in this package and would have to be negotiated separately with their management company, Diva Productions.

$1750 + GST per week of public showing; minimum hire eight weeks + technician’s expenses + forward freight.