The Maids

“Naturally, maids are guilty, when madame’s are innocent. Oh Madame… if I had been your executioner, I would have carried out your sentence to the last drop. The tea you have refused to drink – I would have broken your jaw open and poured it down your throat.”

‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet, inspired by the infamous Papin sisters, is the sinister story of two sisters – Solange and Claire – who are maids to a wealthy society Lady. From sadomasochistic fantasies concerning her and each other, portrayed through elaborately constructed ‘rituals’, to poignantly challenging notions of so-called morality, middle class values and upper class entitlement, this play questions where the true balance of social power lies, while power swings not only between the social divide but between the two sisters themselves.

“I’m getting carried away by the devil! In his fragrant arms he’s lifting me. I’m taking off! I’m high!”

(Text from Camdram)

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Evie Butcher with a bloodied cup of tea.
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Evie Butcher and Helen Vella Taylor
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Evie Butcher and Isla Iago
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Isla Iago and Evie Butcher
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Isla Iago and Helen Vella Taylor
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Helen Vella Taylor and Isla Iago
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Isla Iago
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A final photo with the director and producer of the show.

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Nathaniel Hess and Zoé Barnes

Reviews: Varsity (4/5)

Cast
Claire – Isla Iago
Solange – Evie Butcher
Madame – Helen Vella Taylor

Production Team
Director – Zoe Barnes
Assistant Director – Radu Thomas
Producer – Nathaniel Hess
Costume Designer – Ella Woodward
Set Designer – Elizabeth Hunt
Cinematographer – George Clarke
Publicity Photographer – Johannes Hjorth
Sound Designer – Radu Thomas

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