The Maids by Jean Genet at Stockwell Playhouse
Written by Jean Genet.
Translated by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton
A new work showcased by Fran Olivares, a Chilean theatre maker, who is completing her MFA Theatre Directing programme at East 15 Acting School – One of the UK’s top-ranked and most diverse conservatoires.
“The Maids”unfolds over the course of an evening as two lower-class domestics deeply resentful of their inferior social position, engage in a variety of increasingly lethal sadomasochistic role-playing games, to revenge themselves against society by destroying Madame, their employer. Every night in the solitude of the house, when she is away, they steal her clothes and perform a ritual, where one of them plays the role of the Madame and the other, the servant who tries to kill her.
The Maids’ team is formed by a diverse group of theatre makers from the UK, Chile, France, Greece, Mexico, Argentina and North America. As well it has 90% female representation in the crew. We are all driven and motivated by the political relevance the play displays, due to the current context of gender politics around the world. Likewise, we are very excited to be working on a classic French theatre piece, through such a bold and resonating translation.
Run Time: 90 min
Stockwell Playhouse Theatre