A Derby Theatre Production in association with Milk Presents
Derby Theatre Productions
Friday 17 July 2015 - Saturday 18 July 2015
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"Captivating... Joan may go to the stake but Lucy Jane Parkinson sets the world on fire."
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"a highly intelligent piece of theatre, that swings from one perfectly executed mood to another"
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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

Production Manager - Adam Robertson
Producer - Ruby Glaskin
Designer - Emma Bailey
Sound Designer - David Lexington
Lighting Designer - Joshua Pharo
Lighting Associate - Sarah Readman
Dramaturg - Lu Kemp

This show premiered at Derby Theatre in July 2015 and returns as part of a national tour.


Put your drinks down and your hands together, all the way from Domremy in France, via Sheffield and 600 years, it’s JOAN! Packed with guts and a lot of 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 worlds first drag king. Performed by Drag Idol Champion 2014 LoUis CYfer.

What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real, and you have to fight for who you really are? A fearless new show about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.

Recommended age 12+ 

Joan is 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

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


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