Joan raises her hand to the sky, it bursts into flames. Everywhere there are women burning. White ash falls.

Joan is a teenage girl. A virgin soldier who will convince an army of men that she hears the voice of the divine. Her body will become the site of a nation’s anxieties and hopes. She will burn.

THE RABBLE explore female power and persecution through Joan – a spectacular portrayal of France’s medieval heroine, Joan of Arc. Realised in black and white, Joan pays homage to the art of live oration and silent film.

Following the immersive portrayal of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray in Room of Regret (also presented by Theatre Works as part of the Melbourne Festival), along with Cain and Abel (The Substation), The Story of O (MTC), Frankenstein (Malthouse Theatre), THE RABBLE will once again surprise and challenge audiences.

THE RABBLE was formed by Kate and Emma in 2006 from a desire to make work that wasn’t being produced in Australia: visually ambitious, political, feminist and formally experimental.

April 20 – 30