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Another Quality Production
Sunday 14 May 2006 20:05-21:30 (Radio 3)
By Jean Genet.
In 1940s Paris, two sisters indulge in erotic and secret
rituals of revenge against their wealthy employers -
with fatal consequences.
A new translation for radio by Neil Bartlett of Genet's
darkly disturbing play about suppressed hatred and oppression.
1 hour 25 minutes
Claire ...... Victoria Hamilton
Solange ...... Janet McTeer
Madame ...... Rebecca Johnson
Music composed by David Pickvance.
Directed by Gemma Jenkins.
The Maids is a 1949 play by the French writer Jean Genet.
The story can be read as an absurdist exposition on the intricate power dynamic
that exists between unequals.
Solange and Claire are two housemaids who construct elaborate sadomasochistic
rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away.
Jean Genet (December 19, 1910 ?April 15, 1986), was a prominent,
sometimes infamous, French writer and later political activist.
Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal; later in life,
Genet wrote novels, plays, poems, and essays, including The Thief's Journal,
Our Lady of the Flowers, The Balcony, The Blacks, and The Maids
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