by Julia Pascal
What happens when a Black Jewish Londoner dreams she is Joan of Arc? How can she overturn history? These are two of the tantalising questions behind Julia Pascal's imaginative satire on nationalism.
Modern British Black Jewish Joan travels back to medieval France, walking through 19th century Africa and shadowing the ghettoes of today's multi-ethnic Europe. On her journey from horse to stake, can Joan overturn slavery and mass murder? Can she even save one life?
Three actors play Joan. Juliet Dante, Rachel Halper and Géhane Strehler have diverse roots, being part of European, American and African, Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. With this production, Hilbe, Hind and Pascal create a 21st century Joan, deconstructing her position as a heroine of the French far Right. Rather she is envisioned as a modern warrior in the fight against white European supremacy.
The Edinburgh premiere will be a highly physical production which also celebrates text and choral work. Hilbe, Hind and Pascal are an exciting new artistic collaboration linking France, and Liechtenstein with New York, London and Sheffield. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, three experienced international artists will explore history and challenge its consequences.
St Joanperforms at Venue 49, Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place Edinburgh EH1 1EZ
2nd - 24th August 2014 (not 12th) at 16:30. 60 minutes.
Tickets from www.edfringe.com or Bedlam Box office Telephone: 0131 629 0430.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Pascal Theatre Company, ManyTracks Inc. & Add2 Productions present St Joan.
Written by Julia Pascal, Directed by Katrin Hilbe and Designed by Kati Hind.
Pascal Theatre Companyhas produced New Writing since 1985 and is a member of the Independent Theatre Council. Funders include The Heritage Lottery Fund, BBC Children In Need. The focus is on multicultural work and international liaisons. www.pascal-theatre.com.
ManyTracks Inc.was founded by Liechtenstein/New York producer/director Katrin Hilbe and is New York based. Last year Hilbe directed the five star winning Breaking the Silence at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After the success of 2013, the Company is extending into new partnerships and creative teamwork. www.manytracks.org.
Add2 Productionsis a new producing and marketing venture headed by Kati Hind. The Company specialises in artistic collaborations to produce theatre of excellence. www.add2productions.co.uk.
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