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Joan

Joan raises her hand to the sky.It bursts into flames.
Everywhere there are women burning.
White ash falls.

Joan is a teenage girl. A virgin soldier who will convince an army of men that she hears the voice of the divine. She will burn.

A miraculous historical figure, Joan of Arc is young, female, a virgin, illiterate and poor and inevitably predestined for sacrifice. Her body is the site for communal transference – a totemic vessel for a nation’s anxieties and hopes – and for six centuries, an effigy of gendered violence.

Over four acts, THE RABBLE’s homage to France’s medieval heroine traverses Joan’s iconography from kneeling silent-cinematic maiden to pious saint, from immolation to rousing immortal orator.

For over 12 years, Melbourne theatrical mavericks THE RABBLE (Kate Davis and Emma Valente) have radically reimagined and repopulated familiar stories with female voices and aesthetics, pointing at subterranean feminist concepts in folklore, literature and history. JOAN is an extraordinary, prescient and surreal theatrical work enjoying sell-out season at Theatre Works, Wuzhen International Theatre Festival, China and Brisbane Powerhouse.

WARNING: Please be advised that this performance contains the use of heavy smoke made from natural fibers and water based sources, sexual content, and coarse language.

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Co-creators Kate Davis and Emma Valente

Set and Costume Design Kate Davis

Text / Direction / LX Design / SFX Design Emma Valente

AV Design Martyn Coutts

Dramaturg Leisa Shelton

Production Manager, Stage Manager Rebecca Etchell

Creative Producer Josh Wright

Lighting DesignProgrammerJohn Collopy

Costume Construction Sophie Allen and Armeda Hammonds

FEATURING Ra Chapman, Emily Milledge, Dana Miltins and Mary Helen Sassman. The premiere season of JOAN at Theatre Works featured Luisa Hastings Edge and  Nikki Shiels.

Photo by David Paterson

 

COMING UP …

7pm, 19 February, 2018 | APAM (Australian Performing Arts Market)
Powerhouse Theatre | Brisbane Powerhouse

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17 – 22 July, 2018 | Vitalstatistix
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide

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PAST PRESENTATIONS

20 – 30 April, 2017 | Theatre Works (St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia)
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27 – 29 October, 2017 | Ancient Courtyard Theatre, Wuzhen Theatre Festival (China)

 

WRITING ON JOAN

THE MONTHLY – Alison Croggon

THE GUARDIAN – Jane Howard

THE AUSTRALIAN – Chris Boyd

THE AGE | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD ONLINE – Cameron Woodhead

SOMETIMES MELBOURNE – Anne-Marie Peard

THEATRE PEOPLE – Jai Leeworthy

THE MUSIC – Maxim Boon

TIME OUT – Rose Johnston

THE PLUS ONES – Amber B

STAGE WHISPERS – Suzanne Sandow

STAGE NOISE – Liddy Clark

IN REVIEW RMITV – Neve Mahoney

THEATRE PRESS – Myron My

THE LOWDOWN UNDER – Stephen A Russell

KEITH GOW

RADIO NATIONAL – Georgia Moodie in discussion with THE RABBLE

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The development of JOAN was supported by Hothouse Theatre and Malthouse Theatre with support of the Sidney Myer Foundation and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The presentation of JOAN has been supported by Theatre Works, the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, it’s arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.