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THE MAIDS: SIBLINGS STRUGGLE UNDER A WATCHFUL GAZE

THE MAIDS By Jean Genet (translation by Bernard Frechtman) – Downstairs Belvoir – Glitterbomb in association with 25A Belvoir

When Genet invested the time in his creation of the plotting maids, he was investing more in the idea of a theatre of power and ceremony. There is the master slave relationship between the two maids and their mistress, Madame.  The maids themselves are siblings, struggling with each other.

Tonight’s ceremony involves a sacrifice, as each character vies to play the queen and the willing victim. Roleplay forms the structure and devices of Carissa Licciardello’s The Maids. She is deliberate in her exploration of who holds the power in any relationship and how such power plays are exchanged and manipulated. Continue reading THE MAIDS: SIBLINGS STRUGGLE UNDER A WATCHFUL GAZE