New Zealand’s national treasures The Topp Twins – aka identical twin sisters Lynda and Jools Topp – have performed around the world as an original country-music comedy duo for more than 25 years and continue to delight audiences from the alternative to the mainstream. No other act has such unique cross-over appeal, and are equally at home performing in front of a gay/lesbian audience or in a Rugby stadium as opening match entertainment.
In the late 1990’s, the Topp Twins created their own top-rating TV series, which ran for three seasons and showcased their popular cast of Kiwi characters, including Camp Mother, the Bowling Ladies and cross-dressing Ken and Ken. The Series won the twins several awards at the NZ Film and TV Awards and has screened on the ABC and Foxtel in Australia.
In 2008 the twins, who are out-and-proud lesbians, were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. Most recently their feature documentary film The Topp Twins, Untouchable Girls won Best Feature Film at the NZ Film & TV Awards (2009), as well as the Audience Award at last year’s prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. It has since gone on to screen at more than 25 film festivals worldwide and win a clutch of awards. The film has the honour of being the highest grossing Documentary ever released in New Zealand.
The Topp Twins re-invent themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease. Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons they delivery original songs, audience participation, comedy and burlesque innuendo in a fast-paced hilarious entertainment experience.
Click on the link below to have a listen to Lynda and Jools reading excerpts from The Topp Twins Book for Radio New Zealand