Claire and Solange are sisters, Solange the older. For a number of years they have been personal maids to a wealthy woman. They work at their mistress’s beck and call day and night. Their only sanctuary is a small, shared attic room.
Servitude can be an entrapment and Claire and Solange respond through fantastical re-enactments of their mistress’s power and control. Reality and fantasy become distorted; rituals become compulsive and obsessive. The bleakness of their lives urges the only way out- to be rid of their mistress through murder.
Jean Genet may have written The Maids over 70 years ago but it retains a remarkable contemporary relevance to the exploitation of servants. Genet resisted the law, hated the bourgeoisie and his heroes were outcasts. He turned the norm on the head in this play, where the maids were not walk -on parts but leading ladies.
‘A meticulous production’
‘Remarkable insight into the contemporary relevance of this play in terms of austerity, servitude and self-loathing.’
CAST AND CREATIVES
Presented by GLASS CEILING THEATRE
Claire: Angharad Bowen
Solange: Abigail Richardson
The Mistress: Michelle Jimenez-Alder
Director: Jane Miles
Stage Manager: TBC
Sound and Lighting Designer: Rob Dyer
Photography: Miriam Strong
Art work and trailer: Gareth Bowen
13th - 18th September 2021
8:30pm show start
Run time is 80 minutes
General Admission £12
Prices exclude booking fees
Entrance to The Maids is via our
Launcelot Street entrance
This event is not available with Vaults Gift Vouchers