Saint Joan

This NTL production of the Shaw play was very interesting in its mix of modern and classic costumes and staging. Gemma Atterton, who was brilliant as Joan, started in traditional peasant garb and finished in futurustic, almost fetisistic leather. Somehow it worked.

The men of the cast were not as well known to us, although some of the faces were certainly familiar. And of course, it goes without saying that all of the rest of the cast were men.

It will be interesting to compare this production with the one coming this summer at Shaw.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Saint Joan

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Sometimes Shaw doesn’t seem to age well. Then you get a production like this.
    Gemma Arterton was electric; she made you understand how an illiterate country girl could get all those macho men to do whatever she wanted. And also how the powers-that-be (the Church, the English) easily disposed of her when the time came.
    The rest of the cast was good too – as far as I noticed.
    Sarah Topham and Tim Carroll will have a challenge to top this production at the Shaw Festival this summer.

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