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VOICES OF JOAN: Janie Gibson brings it home for New Annual

As part of the 2023 New Annual festival this September, local theatre artist Janie Gibson is preparing to unveil an enthralling solo performance titled Voices Of Joan.

The avant-garde production delves into themes of courage and power, reimagining the iconic tale of Joan of Arc into a thought-provoking narrative that promises to leave audiences spellbound.

“We are so excited to be finally bringing this work to Newcastle,” Gibson said.

“We have performed seasons in Spain, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

“This season at the New Annual festival is a long-awaited Newcastle premiere and I can’t wait to share it with local audiences and offer them a renewed experience of an iconic New Lambton venue.”

The 90-minute solo performance has been meticulously directed by Finnish artist Anu Almagro.

It’s a collaborative effort born from the experimental theatre laboratories in Poland, where Gibson and Almagro nurtured their artistic synergy. The result is a heavy spotlight on the enduring themes of courage, failure, and inner strength in the face of adversity.

Voices Of Joan plays at the New Lambton Community Centre from Wednesday 27 September until 1 October. For tickets visit


VOICES OF JOAN Trailer from Janie Gibson on Vimeo.

Voices of Joan is a moving and irreverent solo performance unravelling the history of misogyny through a radical retelling of the story of Joan of Arc. Performer and writer Janie Gibson transforms into the multitudinous voices of Joan as she searches for her story through fragments of trial transcripts, drama and history. Using wit, humour and multiple on stage costume changes Gibson undresses the patriarchy (and certain members of the audience), rallies the crowd from behind her megaphone and incites the audience to build Joan’s pyre with her. With a wireless radio as her time machine she tunes into echoes of Joan’s story in acts of courage and oppression throughout history in search of a road map for resistance in our uncertain times. 


Where is the spirit of Joan alive in Newcastle right now?
Where does it live in you? And what potential can we harness from celebrating our own diverse powers together?

Join us for an interactive creative panel led by local Newcastle leaders championing Joan’s legacy in the fields of fashion, environmentalism, treatment of women and neuro and gender diversity.

Free event 3-5pm – open to the public.
1 x workshop only to be held following the 1pm matinee show on Sun Oct 1st
We will be sharing our panelists in the coming week – keep a lookout.