Having tackled Orlando, Story of O and Frankenstein, queer theatre outfit the Rabble interpret French medieval heroine Joan of Arc
The Rabble are known for taking classic texts from the Western literary canon and reconfiguring them as feminist, queer and surreal works of theatre. For their latest work, they tackle a real life female figurehead, or totem, of power: 15th century Catholic warrior, and later martyr and saint, Joan.
There are so many representations of Joan of Arc from literature and theatre and film (including Carl Theodor Dreyer’s hugely influential silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc) – but little historical “knowledge”, because the only written history is of her trial. This production will explore the nebulousness of this ‘icon’, and how it relates to women, power and persecution today.
The Rabble’s Kate Davis and Emma Valente will devise the work with actors Luisa Hastings Edge, Nikki Shiels, Emily Milledge and Dana Miltins, and dramaturg Lisa Shelton.
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