“If it were not the truth I would not have said it”: Fact and fiction in documentary and verbatim theatre.
After the performance on Wed 9 Oct, join the cast and director of It’s True, It’s True, It’s True for a post-show discussion about creating their gripping courtroom drama from real 17th century court documents.
“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him – did I not mention that?”
Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises 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.
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.
★★★★★ “It might be set in 17th-century Italy, but the consistently exciting Breach Theatre’s new show feels uneasily current.” – The Financial Times
★★★★ “A gripping court drama… It is as if she is roaring down the ages.” – The Guardian
★★★★ “There is little to match this latest piece from the award-winning Breach Theatre.” – The Times
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