The Maids

The Maids


12 - 16 Sep | 1 hour 30 minutes Meraki Arts Bar - Meraki Mainstage

Power. Privilege. Classism. And a plot to break free.

Every night, while their Mistress is out, two maids perform a dark and dangerous roleplay. Casting off their aprons, they fantasise about murdering her and escaping the social confines of servitude. Revelling in their imagined positions of power, they never quite reach the climax of their fantasy. But their deadly fantasy is quickly becoming an attractive reality.

That Theatre Company's inaugural production examines the power imbalances between the privileged and the oppressed. Our titular characters live and breathe under the thumb of an authority figure who abuses her power, simply because she can. In a world that gives all social and institutional power to the privileged, our production peeps through the keyhole at the powerless, as they conspire to destroy the system from the inside and take control of their own narrative.

David Halgren directs a powerhouse cast in the play’s three female-identifying roles, with Eleni Cassimatis and Samantha Lambert as the two maids, and Hannah Raven as the wealthy Madame.

Show details

Show details
  • 12 - 16 Sep | 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Venue 1: Meraki Arts Bar - Meraki Mainstage
Performance notes
  • Content warnings: Sudden Loud Noises, Discussion of Suicide, Discussion of Sexual Violence, Content Related to Mental Health/Ill-health, Depictions of Violence, Sexual Themes
Venue details & accessibility
Meraki Arts Bar - Meraki Mainstage

231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010 (Gadigal Country)
Telephone: 0466473641


The front entrance to the building is located directly on Oxford Street itself, and access to the Mainstage on level 3 is via the ground floor Gallery Lounge bar, and the second floor Gig Bar spaces.

How to enter:
The Meraki Mainstage theatre / Green Room bar is located on the second level of Meraki and is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible at present. It is accessed via two separate flights of stairs from the ground floor (the second flight including a corner half way up), each of which has a handrail.

Dates and times

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  • Director – David Halgren
  • Writer – Jean Genet
  • Translator – Bernard Frechtman
  • Production Manager – Julia Halgren
  • Designer – Bronte McKell
  • Cast – Eleni Cassimatis
  • Cast – Samantha Lambert
  • Cast – Hannah Raven
  • Costume Designer – Ian Warwick
  • Lighting Designer – Ricci Costa
Presented by
  • That Theatre Company