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Production Date:  April 1977

Directed by: John Poulson

Genre:  Historical Drama

Group:  BHTC

Staged:  The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill




Saint Joan is a play by G. Bernard Shaw that he wrote shortly after the Roman Catholic Church canonized Joan of Arc. It is a dramatization based on the records of her trial that was first produced in 1923.

It begins with her first approaching a lowly soldier about the voices she hears. She then visits to the Dauphin to persuade him that she will help him become a true king by rallying the troops to drive out the English occupiers and restore France. Joan succeeds in all this through her excellent powers of negotiation. After she does this, she is betrayed and captured at the siege of Compiègne. After her trial the play draws to a close with a dream sequence in which Joan visits the king along with other characters from the play and a man from the future who tells of Joan's canonization.



G. Bernard Shaw (he apparently hated the "George" and never used it, either personally or professionally) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

Stage Manager

Set Design

Set Construction

Wardrobe Team




Box Office

Front Of House

Margaret Coveney

Anthony White

Geoff Twyman

Elizabeth Batten & Pam Jefferies

Pauline Rhead

Nancy Forsdike

Jan Case

Jane Towell

Terry Adams




Playwrights:  G Bernard Shaw

Robert de Baudricourt / Gentleman

Steward / De Courcelles


Bertrand de Poulengey / Executioner

Archbishop of Rheims

La Tremouille, Constable of France

Court Page

Gilles de Rais (Bluebeard)

Captain La Hire / The Inquisitor

The Dauphin (later Charles VII)

Duchesse de la Tremouille

Dunois, Bastard of Orleans

Dunois' Page

Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick

Chaplain de Stogumber

Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais

Warwick's Page


Brother Martin Ladvenu

English Soldier

Anthony White
Gary Smith

Elizabeth Batten

Jim Wilson

Michael Woolard

Yeshi Lewandowski

Graham Somerville

Kevin Gray

Leon Figg

Charles Lewis

Sheila Wells

Anthony Hole

David Beasley

Peter Martin

Keith Jefferies

Jim Towell

Ken Brown

Christopher Coveney

Bryan Pyner

Ron Forsdike

Ladies & Gentlemen of the Court, Asessors and Scribes: 

Ann Fairall, Brenda Keyes, Tania Muir, Norma Somerville, Sue Wilson & Peter Palmer

BHTC Production Number: 94

Programme & Press Cuttings

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