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. Her body will become the site of a nation’s anxieties and hopes. She will burn.
Realised in black and white, JOAN pays homage to the art of live oration and silent film.
Following the immersive portrayal of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray in ROOM OF REGRET (2013), Theatre Works is delighted to premiere THE RABBLE’s poetic exploration of France’s medieval heroine, Joan of Arc.
Presented by THE RABBLE and Theatre Works
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 Rebecca Etchell
Stage Manager and LX and SFX Operator Ruth Blair
Creative Producer Josh Wright
Luisa Hastings Edge, Emily Milledge, Dana Miltins and Nikki Shiels
RABBLE Interns Bridget Mackey, Lead Artist and Sophia Burns, Design
Video Design Secondment and AV Operator Christiana Garvie
Lighting Design Secondment and Programmer John Collopy
Costume Construction Sophie Allen and Armeda Hammonds
Photo by David Paterson
JOAN was conceived by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, with authorial contributions from the cast including Mary Helen Sassman and Jane Montgomery Griffiths who were part of the original development of the work.
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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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.