Benedict Andrews’s version of Jean Genet’s play, starring Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, reduces Genet’s thinking to curse words and. Complete summary of Jean Genet’s The Maids. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Maids. In August Jean Genet’s scandalous play The Maids was revived at Lincoln Center Festival as a star vehicle for Cate Blanchett and.

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The Maids review at Home, Manchester

Inspired by a notorious real-life murder from the s in which the Papin sisters battered the woman they worked for to death with a hammer, the play was first performed in But its themes of social inequality and the costumes of class and gender have never ceased being relevant.

At the start the cast members, clad in orange prison jumpsuits and stocking masks, tease and menace the audience. Eventually they remove these outfits to reveal the baggy black uniform of domestic servants.


The actors wear no wigs. They modify their voices a little, softening their speech, but their maleness is not concealed.

The Maids & Deathwatch

The auditorium at Home has been reconfigured in-the-round by designer Ruari Murchison. Screens on either side of the stage are used to display quotes from Genet as well as a live maide from two on-stage video cameras.

As the maids engage in ritualistic role-play in which they enact the murder of their mistress, a fine stream of sand falls from the ceiling. By the gemet, the white disc of a stage ends up strewn with gladioli and glitter.

The recorded applause also reinforces the kaids of a performance. However, the prison framework hangs on the production like a dress in need of hemming. Are all three engaged in a further layer of role-play, a game of dominance and servitude? Why does their fantasy necessitate female attire?

The Maids murder mystery

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Verdict Striking and stylish prison-set production of Jean Genet’s twisted political power-play. Latest jobs Loading job information We and our partners use cookies to ensure that we give jeah the best experience on our website.

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