Part of Derby Theatre’s RETOLD series

Written and Directed by Lucy Skilbeck

Performed by Lucy Jane Parkinson aka LoUis CYfer, Drag Idol Champion 2014

A fearless new show about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.

1420's France - ravaged by war and occupation, with a population divided. 18-year-old Joan is a farmer's daughter, a freedom fighter and a girl dressed as a boy. 

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

Packed with guts and heart, JOAN fuses lyrical new writing with drag king cabaret for the very first time. An earthy story of courage, conviction, hope, survival and love, this is Joan of Arc - quite possibly the world's first drag king.

Recommended age 12+ 

JOAN is written and directed by Lucy J Skilbeck, Derby Theatre’s BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2014, and made in association with Milk Presents.

‘Theatre that flies in the face of conventionality.’ ★★★★ The Stage on Milk Presents

Lyn Gardner's (The Guardian) pick of DEparture Lounge 2015

Read an interview with Lucy Jane Parkinson aka LoUis CYfer in The Evening Standard


Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 March - Oxford Playhouse 

Wednesday 30 March - Cambridge Junction

Thursday 14 April - LPAC

Friday 15 April - Arena Theatre

Friday 6 May - Burton Brewhouse

Saturday 7 May - Weekend Cube, Malvern

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 May - mac Birmingham

Friday 13 May - Lichfield Garrick

Saturday 14 May - Attenborough Arts Centre

Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 May - Marlborough Theatre


The RETOLD programme is a series of new one-woman plays commissioned by Derby Theatre, from some of the most exciting female voices in contemporary theatre today. Our aim is to crack open classic tales and see the story afresh from the perspective of the female character. In 2014 we premiered the first play in the series, Penelope RETOLD, written and performed by Caroline Horton and directed by Lucy Skilbeck. It received critical acclaim and secured a national tour in 2015.

‘A compelling monodrama’ ★★★★ The Guardian on Penelope RETOLD

 Read more about our RETOLD Series

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