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Joan (Milk Presents)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

This rambunctious play follows the short, tragic life of Joan of Arc, while channelling contemporary issues of gender, sex and class. Joan, played by Lucy Jane Parkinson, uses parodic songs to impersonate men, from her father to King Charles VII, showing her desire to escape their controlling influences. While Joan’s journey is propelled by a fixation with St. Catherine, the ethereal icon proves hard to track down. Performed in the round in a mock club, this is a cabaret-driven work of theatre, and this set design makes up for some structural weaknesses in the script, by enhancing the intimate connection the performer creates with the audience. Despite the untidiness of the underlying analogy, ‘Joan’ is a gripping and frenetic watch.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [James Napleton]