Joan Seymour Centre

‘Joan’ at Seymour Centre

Unexpected, moved and touched… you’ll be left shaken for Joan. Entering the sound lounge at Seymour Centre, Milk Presents in association with Derby Theatre brings this refreshing retelling of Joan of Arc.

The intimate setup was giving me a ‘Bible study’ feel. Chairs encircle the small platform in the middle, Lucy Parkinson just looked like everybody else as she stands within the audience, but soon we later realise she is the star of the show.

For people who don’t know the history of the heroine may find difficulties understanding the storyline, but her comical and astounding energy reels you in history’s most famous underdog. A mixture of musicality, cross dressing and dramatic storytelling captures every fibre of your attention to an hour of spectacle and colourful immersion.

Drag King champion Parkinson embodies the heroine and redecorates a timeless story of a young woman who conquers the city of Orleans (and the Dauphin Charles to the crown) dressed up as a man into a befitting tale of gender constructs and a heartfelt tragedy of epic proportions. Because, surely a woman dressing up as a man must be a witch.

The relatability of it is made obvious for a modern audience. It is highlighted as Parkinson transforms herself with such brevity and finesse it seems almost like sorcery. The cabaret-style is quick-witted and hilarious at times.

We just wanted more.

Many of those seeking to do modern takes of classics should take notes from Joan, proving that you do not have to be “in your face” about issues like these to any audience.

Joan is a whimsical but gutsy performance about hope, courage and conviction. Parkinson’s aura left us all in awe in her award-winning character of the woman who dragged up as the men she defied.

– Kevin
Kevin Rodrigueza is a 22-year-old Sydney local who enjoys craft beer, theatre and all-things culture. Follow his adventures at @kevinr___.

Joan runs 16–18 February 2018. Buy tickets now.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of KABUKU PR.
Image credit: Robert Day.