The Maids in Condobolin

Cast and crew of The Maids mingled with the audience after the performance: Actor Kylie Coolwell, LSC Mayor Des Manwaring, Bianca Levy, Marion Packham, Liz Levy, Actor Sharni McDermott, Dave Carter, Kevin Read, Actor Elaine Crombie and Zona Wilinson. DG

By Dominic Geiger

The top floor of the Condobolin Community Centre was a hive of activity last Friday evening with eager Condobolinites filling the gallery room for the Q Theatre Company Presentation of Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’.

Designed by the renowned artist, Brook Andrews, the set for the performance transformed the usually bare gallery room into a dark, brooding scene, perfect for the 1947 French murder classic.

The music too created an incredible ambience, and the acoustics of the room allowed the haunting sounds of accordions and violins to transport the audience to a dark place of servitude and jealousy.

Loosely based on the true story of two French maids who murdered their employer, The Maids builds incredible tension between the servants and the flamboyant ‘Madam’, culminating in an explosion of jealousy, resentment and murderous desire.

The Condobolin audience seemed to enjoy the play which, although slightly confusing at times, built an incredible tension which allowed for lightning fast power shifts between the characters throughout the performance.

The three actors, Kylie Coolwell (Solange), Sharni McDermott (Claire) and Elaine Crombie (The Madam), performed brilliantly, never once losing the audience’s captivation.

C.E.O of Penrith Performing and Visual Arts, John Kirkman, said the visit to the Lachlan Shire had allowed the Penrith based performance group to expand their knowledge of their own country, while giving back to the people who live in the Lachlan.

“This is a great partnership that exists between our two councils,” he said.

“It’s given us a great opportunity to work in our own backyard with our own people.”

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