★★★★★ ‘An absolutely captivating production of one of Strindberg’s best-loved plays. … a fabulous production and one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen at this year’s Fringe … Louise Seyffert’s feisty and troubled Miss Julie is the perfect foil to arrogant servant Jean (Bart Vanlaere – outstanding)’ (BroadwayBaby.com).
Descend into the servants’ quarters of his Lordship’s mansion on Midsummer Night, a time when Swedes traditionally let their hair down. While the servants are waltzing in the barn, their Mistress Julie steals her father’s valet away for a dance and then matters take a decidedly dark turn as the power dynamics are switched. ‘The play still poses important questions about contemporary relationships’ (ThreeWeeks).
The pretty picture of this Swedish traditional feast is smashed to pieces as trolls and witches seem to influence all relationships. Witness the fevered duel between Miss Julie and valet Jean, the clash between old nobility and new aristocracy of nerve and brain. The sexes battle and social classes jostle for dominance. ‘It’s delicious seeing Jean’s transformation from obiedient servant to domineering bully and, as a metaphor for the abused underclass, he’s perfect’ (BroadwayBaby.com)