Miss Julie, by August Strindberg at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
This new production of Miss Julie has been written by David Eldridge, is delivered in one part and is set in the Scandinavia kitchen of a Count.
Maxime Peake, Miss Julie, is the daughter of the Count and is portrayed as woman living with very an extremely volatile nature especially in matters of the heart.
It is Midsummer and the ‘fever’ is upon Miss Julie, she has spent the evening dancing with the local workers and returns home to return to revisit her earlier dance with her father’s valet Jean, played by Joe Armstrong.
Jean, is in despair of Miss Julie, how her evenings activities are seen as inter-class dalliances and the impact this will have upon her reputation and family.
The play now develops into almost a two part discussion relating to Jean’s concerns, sexual infatuation and relationship with his co-workers and the Count.
It is a strong and deep series of conversations that reveal the background to both Miss Julie and Jean. Soon you realise that Miss Julie is a victim of circumstance and that Jean finds himself between a rock and a hard place.
Miss Julie is well worth seeing especially in the inviting space of the Royal Exchange; however do not expect a light hearted play.
Miss Julie runs until 12th May and you can book your tickets here...