Created and Performed by Jo Tyabji
Produced in association with Milk Present

Motherland is a visceral full bodied dragged up howl of a show exploring nationalism, identity and our ability to speak out.

Some people say it’s about British values. Some people say it’s not about intolerance, it’s about not
tolerating intolerance. Some people say they don’t mind change but it’s happening too fast. And what do you say?

In Motherland Jo Tyabji unapologetically reclaims the voices of politicians, YouTubers, British Indians and OCIs. In an era of India Rising and people Taking Back Britain, this is a show that asks: who are you, first?

Motherland is created and performed by Jo Tyabji (My Name Is My Own and What’s Far is Near – Southbank Centre, Lovely Ugly City – Almeida).

Produced in association with Milk Presents and supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, The Bush and Battersea Arts Centre.

Audience Feedback:

“A Tour De Force” Derby Theatre’s Artistic Director

“Phenomenal.. I was blown away” Audience Member

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“Magical transformations of a heretical heroine…comic fizz, emotional ballast and cross-dressing that looks like sorcery”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“A bruising, brilliant show”

Fest Mag

“A triumphant solo show”

The Stage

“Powerful, dynamic and irreverent”

The Scotsman

What happens when a disguise becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are?

An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show. Packed with guts and heart, JOAN is a fusion of lyrical new writing and cabaret.

This is a timely and refreshing look at one of history’s most famous heroines, exploring the salient themes of identity, courage and belief.

JOAN was produced by Milk Presents in association with Derby Theatre and supported by BBC Performing Arts Fund and Arts Council England.

All performances of JOAN are captioned unless otherwise stated. See our Access page for details.


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In Development


(A new work-in-progress)

From Eve to Pandora , girls seem to have been causing man-kind trouble for millennia. Exploring 2000 years of inherited female guilt, RUSH is a show for a fearless young company aged 13 and up. 


(A new work-in-progress)

A show about music and playing a different tune, for anyone 5 years and up.