Joan of Leeds

3 - 21 December, 2019


"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

Joan of Leeds is supported by Arts Council England.

The production contains strong language, explicit sexual references and partial nudity. Age guidance: 16+.

Quotes & Reviews


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

★★★★ “Breach Theatre’s hysterically funny ‘Joan of Leeds’... a sparkling, sweetly realised triumph” Time Out

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

★★★★ "They are all so musically talented and versatile, we were treated to musical styles from Broadway to madrigal to a jaw dropping, thrash metal finale" Spy in the Stalls

The Company


Breach is a devised theatre company creating bold, innovative shows that blend drama and documentary. Previous shows include Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Award Winning It's True, It's True, It's True (★★★★★ “Consistently exciting ... uneasily current” - The Financial Times), Fringe First Award-winning Tank (★★★★ “raw, joyous psych-rock freakout” - The Scotsman) and Total Theatre Award-winning The Beanfield (★★★★ “theatrically ambitious and boldly political” - The Guardian). Breach are a New Diorama Theatre Associate Ensemble.


Director: Billy Barrett
Composer and Musical Director: James Frewer
Co-Writers: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens 
Designer: Lizzy Leech
Lighting Designer: Alex Fernandes
Sound Designer: Owen Crouch 
Producer: Ellie Claughton


Rachel Barnes
Bryony Davies
Olivia Hirst
Laurie Jamieson
Alex Roberts

Cast & Creatives



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