Q Up for Mystery

While the mistress is away, the maids will play! Domestic servants Solange and Claire are plotting to murder their mistress, Madame. Each night they play out, in increasingly gruesome ways, how they might ‘do the deed’. But who dies? Intrigued by the mystery yet?

The Q Theatre is presenting the provocative and internationally acclaimed play, The Maids, from July 19 in Penrith.

This psychological, stylised and symbolic thriller will feature for the first time an all-Aboriginal cast.

The Maids was the first play by French literary provocateur Jean Genet.

Genet loosely based the play on the true story of two French maids, the infamous Papin sisters – Lea and Christine – who brutally murdered their employer and her daughter in Le Mans, France in 1933.

The central theme is the struggle between the authorities and those who are under their control. In The Maids this is played out in the ritualistic act of two maids who take turns acting as ‘Madame’, abusing each other as either servant or employer.

The Maids will play at the Q Theatre in Penrith from July 19-30. Tickets are $47. Call 4723 7600 or visit www.qtheatre.com.au.

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