By Billy Barrett & Ellice Stevens


Breach Theatre

Supported by Arts Council England and commissioned by New Diorama Theatre

“Hysterically funny… a sparkling, sweetly realised triumph”
Time Out

“Breach Theatre’s hilariously heretical satire of medieval mystery plays is a celebration of queer voices and a fine alternative Christmas show”
The Guardian

“The most fabulous fringe show in London… a must-see show this Christmas”
At The Theatre

“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.

Project History

Joan of Leeds, following an Arts Council-funded R&D period, was commissioned by New Diorama Theatre to close out their 2019 season. The show ran for 18 performances in December 2019 to rapturous audiences and great critical acclaim.

Creative Team & Cast

Writers Billy Barrett & Ellice Stevens
Director Billy Barrett
Composer & Musical Director James Frewer
Designer Lizzy Leech
Sound Designer Owen Crouch
Lighting Designer Alex Fernandes
Production Manager Tim Kelly
Technical Stage Manager Stacey Sandford
Company Stage Manager Adriana Perucca
Producer Ellie Claughton
Assistant Producer Grace Dickson
PR Borkowski

Cast Rachel Barnes, Bryony Davies, Olivia Hirst, Laurie Jamieson & Alex Roberts

Credit: The Other Richard

Photography The Other Richard
Key Art Guy J Sanders