The Lark by Jean Anouilh, contemporary translation by Gill Taylor
Joan of Arc. Saint, saviour or someone who heard voices?
Against the backdrop of one of the world’s longest wars, a 17 year old peasant girl led an army of men into battle and carved a victory that defined France. She claimed God told her to do it; the church says she’s a witch and should be burnt alive.
Jean Anouilh’s classic play tells the tale of how Joan convinced the church, the state – and her dad – to let her tackle an apparently impossible feat. And then plays witness at her trial: a nineteen year old uneducated woman held to account for her successes by the world’s most educated men.
EGTG is staging the Scottish premiere of a new script translation. Gill Taylor translated Anouilh’s French script for performance by her own theatre group in East London ten years ago – wishing to find words that bring to life the spirit, vitality and fire of Joan in a way that’s meaningful for modern day audiences.
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