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The Maids annihilate yourselves into a position of madness

28th January 2009

The Maids is an exploration of the behaviour of two maids Claire and Solange, who are sexually and socially repressed. The Maids act out ritualistic, hieratic and sadistic roles as both mistress and servant almost disregarding their social roles as servants. Their Madame is a hopeless romantic whose is in a vulnerable position because she is separated from her lover, part aloof part earnest she swings between these two states seamlessly. The Maids was amongst the plays that have inaugurated the genre of Absurdist Theatre. This play demonstrates that it is possible for an individual to annihilate themselves into a position of madness that is perceived as the only sane response.

The Maids is an exploration of the behaviour of two maids Claire and Solange, who are sexually and socially repressed. The Maids act out ritualistic, hieratic and sadistic roles as both mistress and servant almost disregarding their social roles as servants. Their Madame is a hopeless romantic whose is in a vulnerable position because she is separated from her lover, part aloof part earnest she swings between these two states seamlessly. The Maids was amongst the plays that have inaugurated the genre of Absurdist Theatre. This play demonstrates that it is possible for an individual to annihilate themselves into a position of madness that is perceived as the only sane response.

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