The Worlds of Education and The Arts
The play: 'St. Joan' by George Bernard Shaw.
Many schools and drama groups have produced this play because of its artistic qualities. Catholic schools and parishes
have been known to do so under the impression that they are making a saint of the Church better known.
Unfortunately those involved do not always realise that Shaw, being Anti-Catholic, used the play to propagate a
false picture of Catholic life and teaching.
He achieved this by distorting the account of Joan's life. The play promotes a negative view of Catholicism by
inventing a travesty of history.
We recommend that anyone considering reading, or producing, this play should consult our 'Summary' and 'Booklet'
regarding St. Joan of Arc, available on the main section of this web site.
Copyright ©; Church In History 2004
This version: 3rd November 2004