Critically-acclaimed play opens Assembly Rooms Durham Spring Season!

Rare chance to see ground-breaking reimagining of Joan of Arc!

Durham University Performing Arts’ (DUPA) Spring Season starts with a powerful and joyous reimagining of Joan of Arc.  I, Joan premiered first at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2022 to critical acclaim, and tells a story of hope and queer joy, refusing to shy away from complex conversations around historical truth and the transgender experience.

We crash into the middle of the One Hundred Years’ War. The men have been fighting for almost a century and France is in pieces. In the middle of all of this, a poor, young, and fierce individual finds God, themself, and the way to return peace to France.

The play, written by Charlie Josephine, follows the historical story of Joan of Arc as they find an instinctive God and amass an army of sinning and working-class heroes to defeat the enemies both without and within France.  You are invited to meet a cast of characters both true to the historical narrative and true to this retelling, a story of cheer and hope.

Ellen Olley, theatre development coordinator says, “The theatre industry continues to be male-dominated and binary. Josephine’s ground breaking love-story to both the queer community and Joan of Arc explodes this gender binary and brings a modern eye to Joan’s story. Translating the historical truth of Joan’s instinctive, God-driven need to dress in men’s clothes into the transgender experience allows Josephine to confront the societal norms that dominated both Joan and our days. This creates a uniquely joyful and hopeful production, bringing faith, truth and pride to the characters and audience.

“We are very grateful to Durham University for providing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion widening participation grant to support this production.”

The show opens on Thursday January 25 and runs until Saturday January 27.  Show starts at 7.30 pm running until 10.15 pm with a 15 minute interval.  Tickets are £10 standard, £8 concessions and £7.50 for Durham Student Theatre members.  The show is open to all with an advisory of age 12 plus.  

Content warning includes loud music, partial nudity, period-accurate transphobia, depictions of war and references to sexual abuse. 

Tickets are available from www.theassemblyroomstheatre.org.uk/whats-on/