Topp Twins open exhibition about their life and work

Synonymous with small town, rural New Zealand and that Kiwi 'can-do attitude', the Topp Twins have had a  big year. 

They turned 60, were appointed Dames, and are now back in the region where it all started for the opening of an exhibition about their life and work.

The Topp Twins: An Exhibition for New Zealand has just opened at the Waikato Museum, after a stint at the National Library in Wellington.

Lynda and Jules Topp were at the opening this week and clearly chuffed that their 40 year career is being showcased. 

"Most museums have dead things in them, so the concept here is that we are very much alive," Lynda Topp told The Breeze.

The Topp Twins checking out some of the archive footage at the show.
The Topp Twins checking out some of the archive footage at the show. Photo credit: Supplied

She said the interactive nature of the show is amazing.

"The costumes are my favourite, you can also get scripts from the show, you can video yourself being Ken and Ken," she said.

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

The twins grew up in Huntly, and say it's a good feeling to have the exhibition opening in their home region.

"We've had some great shows at the former Founders Theatre in Hamilton," they said.

The exhibition features some of the best loved Topp Twins characters.
The exhibition features some of the best loved Topp Twins characters. Photo credit: Supplied

One of their favourite moments was opening a Chiefs versus Blues rugby game in Hamilton dressed as Ken and Ken characters.

"We were amazed they let us back, as we on the field helping stop a game there during the Spingbok tour," said Jules Topp.

The Topp Twins: An Exhibition for New Zealand is open at the Waikato Museum until February 10th.

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