The year is 1429 and English forces have besieged the French city of Orléans. Hundreds of kilometres to the west, in the small town of Vaucouleurs, a French teenager waits outside the house of a nobleman demanding an audience. She gets what she wants.
Joan, a farm girl from the village of Domrémy, has an audacious vision. She will liberate Orléans, she will crown the Dauphin (the heir to the throne of France) in Reims Cathedral and rid her country of its English invaders. She insists that God is calling her to do so.
Joan's certainty of her divine calling inspires everyone she meets. Until it doesn't. Then, her success and her profile cost her dearly. She is a threat to the Church, which accuses her of heresy – a crime punishable by death.
The play culminates in her inquisition. A battle of words and will-power, in which a young woman stands up to the powerful men who hope to destroy her.
Saint Joan, 5 Jun – 30 Jun 2018, Roslyn Packer Theatre
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