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, heart (and some well placed couscous), JOAN is a fusion of lyrical new writing and cabaret.
What happens when a disguise becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are?
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 is a Drag King theatre show that aims to introduce new audiences to this ever-growing art form, placing it within theatre spaces and community settings. Drag Queens have long been at the forefront experimental performance and popular entertainment, but Kings are quickly catching up.
The show is supported by BBC Performing Arts Fund, Arts Council England and Derby Theatre.
JOAN stormed the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 as part of Underbelly Untapped at Underbelly Cowgate.
The show took home a bucket load of 4 and 5 Star reviews and not only that, we are so proud to announce that we picked up three awards:
The Stage Edinburgh Award
A Scotsman Fringe First Award
A Mervyn Stutter, Spirit of the Fringe Award
We're really pleased to be able to say that Milk teamed up with Derby Theatre & Talking Birds Theatre Company to provide a brand new captioning tool for JOAN
The Difference Engine is a pinoeering access system, developed by Talking Birds Theatre Company, to provide access to experimental, small scale and site-specific performance. It broadcasts captions (and potentially much more) to smart phones and tablets. The Difference Engine is currently a prototype access system. It's been used successfully on a number of shows, and it worked really wel for us.
If you would like to know more about the Difference Engine why not visit the Talking Birds website. Also, if you would like to discuss this as an option when programming JOAN at your venue then we’d love to hear from you.
Broadwell Memorial Hall, Glouscestershire
Slimbridge Village Hall, Gloucecestershire
Strike A Light Festival, Gloucester
"Magical Transformations of a heretical heroine. This clever retelling of the Joan of Arc story has comic fizz, emotional ballast and cross-dressing that looks like sorcery"
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"“A bruising, brilliant show”"
"A triumphant solo show"
"“Powerful, dynamic and irreverent”"
Writer / Director Lucy J Skilbeck
Designer Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer Joshua Pharo
Lighting Associate Sarah Readman
Sound Designer / Musical Arrangements David Lewington
Composer Lucy J Skilbeck
Dramaturg Lu Kemp
Production Manager/ Deviser Adam Robertson
Producer Ruby Glaskin
Production Manager (Derby Th) Jay Bridges
Stage Manager (Derby Th.) Beth Williams
Technical support (Derby Th) Shoki Winks
Costume consultant (Derby Th) Tim Heyward
Creative Mentor (Derby Th) Sarah Brigham
Lighting Associate Ava Alonso
Lucy Jane Parkinson
Lighting/Tour Production Manager Al Orange