(Co-Director, Performer, Producer)
Each night, in the absence of their mistress, two maids, Solonge and Claire, enact a perverse, elaborate fantasy of bloody murder. Night in, night out, they role-play the sadistic slaughter of their Madame. Trapped by circumstance this ritual has become their only form of escape. Seething with deliciously violent sensuality, this riotous exploration of class, gender and sexuality is delivered with a high octane glitter-slap of homoerotic theatricality.
In a dark, comic, drag ritual of the finest form, The Maids adorn the garments reserved for their Madame, drink in the power that clings to them and play a treacherous game of make believe.
Genet's contemporary masterpiece reimagined by two of Melbourne's most exciting award-winning theatre makers Adam Ibrahim and Samuel Russo (How To Kill The Queen Of Pop, 2017) and performed with Green Room Award Nominee Artemis Ioannides (Wentworth, The Beautiful Lie, Angry Sexx).
Directed by Samuel Russo & Adam Ibrahim
Written by Jean Genet
Performed by Samuel Russo, Adam Ibrahim & Artemis Ioannides
Costume Design by Penny D’Avola
Sound Design by Doug McDowell
Set Design by Anastassia Poppenberg
Lighting Design by Jason Crick
Production Stage Manager China Aleisse
“Russo and Ibrahim present a bold queer reimagining of the play that is still just as revealing about class divide and the way “Others” are perceived by society.” - My Melbourne Arts
“Mr Russo and Mr Ibrahim both give intense, detailed performances.” - Stage Whispers
“Russo and Ibrahim are in their element with this style of theatre, camping it up with some dazzling costumes, wigs and accessories while firmly establishing the relationship between the sisters and those around them.” - My Melbourne Arts
“This is a vivid and imaginative revival of a seventy-two-year-old play in which the ‘oppressed’ are defined – without even knowing it – by the oppressor. That’s scarcely a dated concept.” - Mr Melbourne Arts
“Its exploration of class divides and attitudes to those that are different are still highly relevant and Russo and Ibrahim successfully explore these themes with their production. The queerness that is present here adds some fire to the show and finds the opportunity to excite and surprise its audience while still giving them something to think about.” - My Melbourne Arts