The Maids

The Maids

Two maids and their mistress: three women locked into a repetitive and abusive cycle of domination and submission.While the mistress is out of the apartment, Claire and Solange raid her wardrobe and indulge in secret, ritualistic role-play; acting out the scenes of daily domestic arrogance with which she has earned their hatred. As their obsessive power games spiral out of control, fantasy and reality become blurred, with lethal consequences.Loosely based on the true story of the Papin sisters who shocked French society in the 1930s when they brutally murdered their mistress and her daughter.True to Genet’s original anarchic vision, the three women will be played by young men.POST SHOW DISCUSSION Thu 24 January With director Stewart LaingSee Schools News Blog for MEET THE DIRECTOR schools' workshop.

Previews 17-18 Jan
Audio Described 24 Jan
Signed 31 Jan
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Strongly recommended for 16+
Adult themes, nudity & scenes of a sexual nature.



The Maids Programme.pdf


“Notions of reality and artifice are pushed to the limit in a pop-art hybrid that is part-gig, part-multi-media happening, part-installation. It’s relentlessly and radically sustained, right down to the final, wonderfully unexpected musical interlude”
The Herald

“if you are going to honour Genet’s passion for deconstruction – for challenging the conventional assumptions behind any relationship, event or art-form – then you might as well go the whole hog; and offer audiences an evening that will take their ideas about theatre and performance, and turn them inside-out and upside-down, perhaps for ever.”
The Scotsman

“disarming, sometimes sexy, sometimes grotesque and often very funny”
The List

“Leave your pre-conceptions at the door and get a ticket for the roller-coaster ride.”
The Public Reviews

“a big, bold, dreamlike, ambitious production in keeping with the Citz’ newly discovered confidence under the helm of artistic director Dominic Hill, but not one for the faint-hearted.”

“Laing takes Genet’s play and drop kicks it into an imaginative, evocative new realm which further deconstructs the text into a variety performance of music, interview, rehearsed readings and continually unexpected interludes.”
A Younger Theatre


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  • Cast & Creative Team
    Written by Jean Genet A translation by Martin Crimp Directed and Designed by Stewart Laing Lighting Design by Stuart Jenkins Guitar Coach - Scott Paterson Assistant Director - Debbie HannanCASTSamuel Keefe - The Mistress Ross Mann - Claire Scott Reid - Solange