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O God that madest this beautiful earth, when will it be ready to accept thy saints? How long, O lord, how long?”
The Cambridge Union’s production of Saint Joan tells the story of an innocent teenager who was burnt at the stake. It begins as a farce and ends as a heartbreaking tragedy. Joan of Arc was seventeen when, inspired by heavenly visions, she convinced the King of France to let her ride into battle with his armies. She was eighteen when she led her soldiers to incredible victories at Orleans and Rheims. And she was nineteen when she was sentenced to death as a witch.
What is so terrifying about Bernard Shaw’s retelling of this extraordinary life is the sense that, however different their clothes, the people involved in the tragedy are the same people that exist today - Joan of Arc was killed by a world of bureaucracy, self-deceit and resistance to change that belongs as much to our time as to hers.
In a radically edited version of this classic play, our production hopes to exploit the full potential of the Union Chamber as a venue, creating an immersive medieval court with strange and haunting parallels to the present.
Cambridge Union Chamber
Standard £12, Student £11, Member £9, Concession £11
The Cambridge Union is the oldest debating society in the world, and the largest student society in Cambridge. Its historic building on Bridge Street, including its Debating Chamber, opened in 1866 and were designed by the prolific architect Alfred Waterhouse.