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Jean Genet’s fascinating play, The Maids, is botched at Trafalgar Studios

Plus: Mel Giedroyc will hopefully get better offers than this American adoption melodrama at Southwark Playhouse

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

The Maids

Trafalgar Studios, until 21 May


Southwark Playhouse, until 2 April

The Maids is a fascinating document. Written in 1947, Jean Genet’s drama portrays a pair of serving girls who enact sexually loaded fantasies while dressed in the clothes of their employer, Madame, whose murder they are secretly plotting. This macabre sketch still resonates because it analyses and presages the key social transition of the 20th century, namely the overthrow of privilege by the underclass.

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