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Maids, The

Maids, The

Two maids, Solange and Claire, unable to escape their dismal, subjugated lives, and torn by both love and loathing of their Mistress, visualise dark and destructive scenarios to eliminate her. As their imaginations take hold and the action builds to a frenzy, so does the fear, excitement and thrill in this devious and violent triangle of love, hatred and disgust.

Genet uses the themes of jealousy, murder and betrayal and subverts them with his own disturbing games of language, transgression and transformation.

The critical consensus

A stunning, gothic style thriller with exceptional performances.

*****Stewart McLaren, The Wee Review, 21/10/2017

A fascinating production, full of ideas and intelligence.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 21/10/2017

An electrifying piece of class war based grand guignol.

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 22/10/2017

This production needs a bit of energising if it is to justify the revival of Genet’s landmark play rather than letting it be obliterated by the sands of time.

Joy Watters, Across the Arts, 24/10/2017

What undoubtedly raises this new production above so many others is the strength of the cast.

****(*)Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby, 24/10/2017

A noble attempt, then, to bring new blood to the play, with three hugely enjoyable, strong performances, but the overall effect is as clean as the Mistress's spit and polished high heels.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 24/10/2017

At times it feels as though everyone is too restrained, as though unwilling to really let rip, but this is nonetheless an intelligent take on a play engaged with the essence of theatrical performance.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 01/11/2017

Disappointingly bloodless.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 03/11/2017

Features about Maids, The

Eve Jamieson--Jean Genet and The Maids

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 19/10/2017

Where and when?

Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee from Tuesday October 17, 2017, until Saturday November 4, 2017. More info:

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