Joan of Leeds

Joan of Leeds

An obscene medieval mystery play with live music, based on the miraculous true story of a nun on the run, from Breach Theatre.

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6 November 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Breach’s work has always been laced with humour, some of it lethal, but they are going for full out fun in telling the apparently true story of Joan of Leeds a 14th century nun who went AWOL, and doing it in the style of a group of medieval players staging a mystery play. As in Lucy McCormick’s Triple Threat a number of familiar biblical stories get subverted in an evening that never takes itself too seriously as it concentrates on giving an alternative view of women and sexuality. The show doesn’t quite manage to keep the jokes flowing freely, but takes delight in killing a few sacred cows in its celebration of female sexual pleasure.”


"She perverted her path of life arrogantly to the way of carnal lust ... to the notorious peril to her soul."
In a 14th Century Yorkshire convent Sister Joan is blessed with unholy visions. A seductive serpent and sinful saints exalt the earthly pleasures of forbidden sex.

Her visions cause a scandal in the order but Joan’s determined to spread her new carnal creed... even if it means getting a little creative.

An obscene medieval mystery play with live music, based on the miraculous true story of a nun on the run. A new Christmas show by multi award-winning devised theatre makers Breach.

Critic reviews

Borrowing conventions from the dramatic styles it satirises, this is a teasing study in theatrical historiography, as well as a bright celebration of queer voices through time

The Guardian

Irreverent alternative festive show based on the true story of a runaway nun

The Stage

The cast of actor-musicians bring James Frewer’s songs to gaudy, bawdy life with skill and gusto

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

A company with bags of talent

Theatre Weekly

Plenty of the laughs


This alternative festive offering doesn't feel all that divine


Date & time

Show ended
Tue 3 Dec - Sat 21 Dec, 3pm & 7.30pm


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