The Maids

by Jean Genet

Directed by Andy Curry

Dates across Yorkshire 21st May – 6th June 2015

Two sisters plot the murder of their Mistress. But it has to be right. It has to be perfect. Ritual turns to compulsion. Compulsion turns to obsession. Until their world unravels around them.

Hedgepig Theatre’s dark, claustrophobic production combines their trademark flair for storytelling with jarring movement work, live music, innovative visuals and striking design. Genet’s blackly comic play follows the winding paranoias and destructive power plays of two sisters, trapped between their love and hatred of their mistress and each other.

Praise for The Maids

"Keeps you on the edge of your seat from the tense beginning to the abrupt end!"

− The Public Reviews

"Hedgepig Theatre have boasted in this production their capacity to perform poetic, complex and deeply troubling content through refined physical performances and with a minimal, artful production."

− Unknown Magazine

"An excitingly troublesome production... filled with stellar performances from its small cast. ★★★★☆"

− The Nouse
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Gemma Sharp

Gemma Sharp

Solange / Claire

Gemma Sharp is a founding partner of Hedgepig Theatre. She studied Drama and Performing Arts at York St John's University before going on to study Classical Theatre Performance at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in conjunction with Leeds University. Theatre credits include Elizabeth Farley in Hedgepig's production of 'Playhouse Creatures', Marianne in 'Close' and Maria in 'The Government Inspector' (Six Lips Theatre); Lily in 'To Die For' (London Palladium); Annabella in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore', Bianca in 'The Taming of The Shrew', Witch and Young Macduff in 'Macbeth' (all for The Mooted Theatre Company); Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing' (YSP) and Masha in 'Three Sisters' (York Theatre Royal). Her Television Credits include 'The Royal', 'Coronation Street', 'New Street Law', 'Titanic : Birth of a Legend' and 'The Pride of Britain Awards'. She recently adapted August Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' for Hedgepig's critically acclaimed production. Gemma is also the founder of Hoglets - Drama and Storytelling classes for babies and toddlers.

Anna Rose James

Anna Rose James

Solange / Claire

Anna Rose James is a creator-performer based in York, UK. She completed a BA in Theatre and English Literature at Leeds University in 2008; specialising in Creative Writing, Directing and Playback Theatre. She has a background in physical theatre, circus skills and drama facilitation. Anna is passionate about honesty in performance, and about raising awareness of mental health issues.

Her theatre credits include: Playboy of the Wide World, Playhouse Creatures (Hedgepig Theatre); The Five Seasons (Off The Rock Productions); Footfalls, Close, Person-In-Law, The Government Inspector, One, Poe, Faustus The Musical (Six Lips Theatre).

Film credits include: Reaction, The Supply Teacher (Grunt Productions); I Am Tim, Hooped, Girl Tips (RedShirt Films); 8-Bit (ROPictures UK).

Victoria Delaney

Victoria Delaney


Victoria first appeared on stage at the age of eight at Theatre Royal, since then she has gone on to perform everything from musical theatre to serious drama across the country.

Her various television credits include Spooks (BBC); Wuthering Heights (ITV); Crusoe (NBC America) and Married Single Other (ITV). Recent theatre credits include 'Person in Law' (Six Lips Theatre); 'York Mystery Plays' (York Theatre Royal); Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello (both YSP).

Victoria has appeared in a number of films, most recently shooting 'Sophie's Fortune' (Genesis Flux); 'Love Freely but Pay for Sex' (Phezenology Productions); 'Red Sky - part 2 of Dark Horizons Trilogy' (Little Glass Pictures); and is currently shooting the feature film 'Digital You'.


Andy Curry


Alexander King


Julia Smith

Costume Designer

Kelli Zezulka

Lighting Designer

Mike Ritchie


Sandrine Enryd Karlsson

Stage Manager

Sarah Cotterill

Movement Director

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Lighting Designer Kelli Zezulka talks The Maids in FOCUS magazine

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Our fabulous Lighting Designer Kelli Zezulka has been talking to the Association of Lighting Designer’s trade magazine FOCUS about her experiences and designs working on The Maids. We love the…

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Venue focus: The Fleeting Arms, York

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Crew diary: Movement Director Sarah Cotterill – luxury and filth

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Throughout the development of Hedgepig's production of The Maids, one individual has become instrumental in helping us realise the performance style we've been aspiring to - our Movement Director Sarah...
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Venue focus: Seven Arts Theatre, Leeds

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We're taking a few moments to focus on each of the lovely venues we'll be visiting with The Maids. Next is: Seven Arts Theatre, Leeds Seven is an independent not-for-profit...
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The Affair of the Poisons

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The Affair of the Poisons Poisoning is a strong theme in The Maids. It's the ultimate aim of the central sisters and throughout the play they reference a multitude of...
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Venue focus: Rural Arts Courthouse, Thirsk

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We're taking a few moments to focus on each of the lovely venues we'll be visiting with The Maids. First up: Rural Arts Courthouse, Thirsk Rural Arts is a fabulous...