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The Maids Q&A

This performance of The Maids will be followed by a post-show Q&A chaired by Dr Jason Hartford, Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Manchester.

Jason Hartford writes on modern fiction from France and Belgium, queer theory, and interpretations of religious figures, especially icons, in secular culture. His current research interests include psychoanalysis and cinema, fin-de-siècle science fiction, and the relation of modern French thought to other disciplines. He has also acted in Les Bonnes.

Q&A hosted in partnership with the Alliance Française.

Production details

A deadly game of ritual, role-play and rubber gloves.

Based on the true crime story of murderous duo The Papin sisters, this Autumn our headline production is a radical telling of Jean Genet’s infamous The Maids.

Two sisters, Clare and Solange, live and work as maids in a grand house in a French city. When the mistress is out, they play an obsessive game of role-play in which one of the sisters dresses up in the fine clothes belonging to the mistress.

Acting out the power structures which define their lives with great theatricality, the sisters expose a complex relationship of violence, submission, tenderness and erotic tension. As the line between make believe and reality becomes increasingly distorted, it becomes clear that the aim of the game is to murder their mistress.

Keeping with the theme of radical, for the first time in HOME history we’ve ripped out the seats in our Theatre 1 space and built a brand-new, in-the-round auditorium. You will be able to watch from both on and off the stage in a specially built seating area. All on stage seating is £10 (£5 concession) for all performances.