Joan of Arc is portrayed as non-binary in I, Joan in a new theater production at Shakespeare’s Globe

Joan of Arc is portrayed as a non-binary character in a new production at Shakespeare’s Globe.

The French heroine, known for fearlessly leading the French into battles against English soldiers during the Hundred Years’ War, is played by non-binary actress Isobel Thom me, johanna.

The play, which opens at the historic theater this month, has had its script altered to change the pronouns of France’s patron saint.

The production was described as “powerful and joyful,” with artistic director Michelle Terry saying it will “challenge the gender dichotomy” and “offer an opportunity for a different point of view.”

“For centuries, Joan has been a cultural icon, portrayed in countless plays, books, films, etc.,” she said.

“History has provided countless and wonderful examples of how Joan has been portrayed as a woman. This production simply offers the possibility of a different point of view. That’s the role of theatre: to simply ask the question, ‘Imagine, will?’”

A painting of the French patron saint Joan of Arc

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Terry continued, “Theaters make plays, and in plays anything can be possible. Shakespeare did not write historically accurate plays. He took figures from the past to ask questions about the world around him.

“Shakespeare was not afraid of discomfort, and neither was the Globe.”

A statement on The Globe’s website reiterated that it was “committed to becoming an inclusive and diverse organization” ready to make “necessary changes.”

“We aim to create a culture and environment where all experiences at Shakespeare’s Globe are equal, inclusive and equitable,” it said.

me, johanna runs from August 25th to October 22nd at the Globe.

Additional coverage by Press Association. Joan of Arc is portrayed as non-binary in I, Joan in a new theater production at Shakespeare’s Globe


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