The story of the legendary historical figure is “alive, queer and full of hope,” Shakespeare’s Globe Theater insists
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater is in trouble with feminists and academics for revealing that Joan of Arc will be depicted as nonbinary in a new production.
It will open at the London-based theater in August. “violates the historical reality,”Frank Furedi is an emeritus sociology professor at the University of Kent. He spoke to the Daily Mail Thursday.
“It’s plundering history to legitimize views in the here and now,”Furedi stated, and added Joan of Arc for French patriots “is someone very special. Her role was all the more heroic because she was a woman.”
The Globe earlier revealed that its upcoming play ‘I, Joan’ would show Joan of Arc “as a legendary leader who uses the pronouns ‘they/them’.”
“Rebelling against the world’s expectations, questioning the gender binary, Joan finds their power and their belief spreads like fire,”This is the preview of the website.
The theater’s portrayal of Joan of Arc (who led the French resistance to English invasions in 15th century) will be, according to Theater. She was captured by the English and burned at the stake. “alive, queer and full of hope.”
Our new play I, Joan shows Joan as a legendary leader who uses the pronouns ‘they/them’. Joan isn’t the only one to be presented this way. We won’t be the first. We can’t wait to share this production with everyone and discover this cultural icon.https://t.co/19T7baWsRkpic.twitter.com/lrgOC59TvQ
— Shakespeare’s Globe (@The_Globe) August 11, 2022
Charlie Josephine, playwright and non-binary who identified as Charlie Josephine, claimed that Joan of Arc was his favorite character. “transgressing gender at a time when it was really dangerous,”This makes her relatable.
“I was assigned female at birth. My family is working-class and I am non-binary. I’ve often felt like I’ve had something to say and haven’t been given permission to say it,”Josephine stated, adding that it is a play. “too good to be true”This is your chance to share it with others.
The theater ’s artistic director Michelle Terry insisted that the production was “simply offering the possibility of another point of view.”Terry says: “Shakespeare was not afraid of discomfort, and neither is the Globe.”
But not everybody was happy with such a portrayal of Joan of Arc, with campaign group Women’s Place UK saying in a statement, “women are getting really tired of being erased from history and having our achievements diminished.”
“Joan of Arc was an astonishing woman who rebelled against the authoritarian oppression she faced for being female,”According to the group.
Victoria Smith, a feminist writer accused the Globe “sexism”Thank you for suggesting this “gender non-conforming women aren’t really women”Through its play.
Ann Widdecombe, a former Conservative MP, told The Daily Mail that William Shakespeare was likely “would have clutched his head in disbelief” if he saw what’s being staged at the Globe now.
“Joan of Arc was a woman. There is no evidence she thought of herself in any other way,”Widdecombe accused the theater of “de-womanising”The French soldier and “effectively re-writing history.”
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