THE MAIDS by Jean Genet


Production The Maids

Playwright Jean Genet

Venue Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance


Claire Matthew Lewis

Solange Rebecca Louise Howard

Madame Sam MacQueen


Lighting Design Aiden Bromley and Jake Taylor




The Maids is a play by Jean Genet that voyeurs into the lives of two maids, Claire and Solange, who seek to murder their mistress Madame. The play itself reflects the the playwrights own experience in life; his struggles with being accepted and victimized by society, his time as a petty criminal and exploring his sexuality. The playwright is mainly exploring the divides in society (not specifically to upper and lower classes, but divides in sexuality, ethnicity and occupation). Using intimacy as a motif, Genet questions the similarity between the Maids and Madame? The similarity can be seen clearly by the death of Claire-Madame instead of Madame, implying that there is little difference between the two characters. Referring back to Genet’s struggle with being accepted by society, this makes it relevant to a modern audience who are witnessing austerity cuts that affect the poor the most while leaving the wealthiest in society largely unaffected. Genet is in essence questioning what gives some people more power over others. By showing the similarity between Madame and Claire, resulting in the death of Claire as Madame, Genet is saying their isn’t and campaigns for a fairer and equal society.