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The Maids – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Jean Genet Translation: Martin Crimp Director: Lily Sykes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham When HOME stages a play as ‘theatre in the round’ they really commit to the concept. The stage area for The Maids is built over the stalls lifting the performance space to the level of the dress circle. Patrons have, therefore, excellent sightlines and are in disturbing proximity to ...

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The Maids – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Poster Image for The Maids

Writer: Jean Genet Director: Michael White Designer: Irene Jade Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Maids is a mystery, not in the sense of The Mousetrap that occupied Harrogate Theatre’s main auditorium the previous week, but in the difficulty in determining what Jean Genet’s play really means. Murder, incest, lesbianism and sadomasochism nudge their way into the text, along with much more ...

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The Maids – Trafalgar Studios, London

Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba In The Maids

Writer: Jean Genet Translators: Benedict Andrews &Andrew Upton Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Daniel Perks   What would you do if driven to desperation? We all feel at times as though we are stuck in a job that is going nowhere, or simply observers instead of participators in life. But there are some that are so stuck in their work that ...

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The Maids – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh

Writer: Jean Genet Director: Jesse Haughton-Shaw Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Yellow Marigolds are an odd sort of glove for the Maid to be wearing in the bedroom, especially while the Mistress is at her table getting ready. Still, the Mistress's reaction seems excessive: she complains that Solange – or is it Claire? – is contaminating the room with her "gobs of ...

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The Maids – Seven Arts Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Jean Genet Director: Andy Curry Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Hedgepig Theatre, a local independent theatre company, is renowned for their dark thought provoking productions and takes pride in performing at unique spaces and venues. Their current production, Jean Genet’s The Maids, is currently touring at venues across Yorkshire. The audience enters the small dark and dimmed lighting auditorium where they ...

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Playing ‘The Maids’ – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Director: Phillip Zarrilli Reviewer: Denis Lennon If you are looking for a production of Jean Genet’s The Maidswhen you come to Chapter to watch Playing ‘The Maids’ you will find something else entirely, and may not get what you came for. What you will get, however, is a performance that engages and interrogates the notions of servitude within Genet’s world ...

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The Maids – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Jean Genet Translation: Martin Crimp Director: Stewart Laing Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4] The coupling of the Tony award-winning director and designer Stewart Laing, and master of the avant-garde, Jean Genet, appears to be a match made in heaven. Both are men of unique aesthetic style and vision, and in this production of Genet's notorious 1947 play,The Maids, it seems ...

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The Maids – Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Jean Genet Director: Paul Linghorn Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:2.5] Loosely based on the real life events of the Papin sisters, maids who murdered their employer’s wife and daughter, this black comedy takes place in the Madam of the house’s bedroom as the two sisters plot to murder her. During the conversations, arguments and confessions of Claire and Solonge the ...

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