De Maiden (The Maids) / By Jean Genet / Toneelgroep Amsterdam / December 2016
Direction: Katie Mitchell
Lighting: James Farncombe
Sound: Donato Wharton
Two middle-aged women in tabards and marigolds shuffling around the sort of luxurious, lily-white bedroom you might find off Sloane Square. One rifles through the owner’s vast walk-in wardrobe, dowdy among its dazzling gowns, while the other, coughing blood at the dressing table, pulls on her bodyshapers, falsies and glossy blond wig.
The ritual might offer some release but it doubles their workload. Afterwards, they speed-clean Chloe Lamford’s set back to spotlessness.