The Voices of Joan of Arc is a fifty minute performance devised by Janie Gibson embodying 'Joan' and Daniel Han as the 'Inquisitor', torturer, executioner; God's advocate on earth.
Joan is depicted as an empowered young woman with a fearless drive and belief, answering the call of God to save her country, France, from destruction by England. Joan does not descend into madness or delusion; she is strong, intelligent and resolute until her death, unlike Bernard Shaw's 'Saint Joan'.
Joan not only battles for her country but for her female identity and dignity. The 'Inquisitor' questions Joan's virginity and accuses her of sleeping with her army, inventing her visions, lying, cross dressing and heresy. The central provocation is whether Joan is condemned to death, or whether she condemns herself.
'What do your voices look like Joan? Do they have faces? Do they have arms and legs?'
The costume, lighting and set is simple and poignant – a candelabra and an altar, with soft ambience created by candlelight in contrast to the blood red cassock of the 'Inquisitor'.