By Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens
Directed by Billy Barrett
Created using a devising process with the cast and verbatim material
With Kathryn Bond, Sophie Steer, and Ellice Stevens
Breach’s Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Award-winning production restages the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this play dramatizes the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries.
Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.
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Breach is a multimedia performance company founded by Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens, and produced by Ellie Claughton. They collaborate with actors to create politically engaged, formally exploratory shows that blend drama and documentary.
Breach's productions include Joan of Leeds (2019), Fringe First Award-winning It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (2018), Total Theatre Award-winning The Beanfield (2015), Fringe First Award-winning Tank (2016), Fair Field: The Ploughing of the Half-Acre with Penned in the Margins (2017), and The Drill (2018).
Read more at: http://www.breachtheatre.com
“IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE beautifully fractures the male gaze into a kaleidoscope of strong colour, futy, and female self-expression.” — Exuent Magazine
“Timely and haunting” — The Economist ★★★★★
Time Out ★★★★
The Guardian ★★★★
“It might be set in 17th-century Italy, but the consistently exciting Breath Theatre’s new show feels uneasily current.” — The Financial Times ★★★★★
“Staged with imaginative flair and unabashed theatricality… there is little to match this latest piece from the award-winning Breach Theatre.” — The Times
“Glitters with anger… considered, intelligent… fascinating and potent.” — The Stage