It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

New Diorama Theatre · 16 OCT - 10 NOV

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23 October 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Breach Theatre restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of painter Artemisia Gentileschi with real theatrical flair. But who is really in the dock? This is a gripping courtroom drama in which a woman’s reputation is put on trial and, while it is set over 400 years ago, it is so cleverly constructed that past and present are in constant dialogue with each other. Bracing stuff and all the more potent because of recent events in the US Senate surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court.”

“And there’s blood pouring out of this man’s throat. Because these two women are beheading him - did I not mention that?”

Overview

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award- winning Breach (Tank, The Bean) 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 creates politically engaged, formally innovative live performances that cross disciplines and mash up di erent media. A collaboration between theatre-makers and a video artist, Breach has been described as “a young company with a strong creative identity” - The Stage.

Critic reviews

A compelling rape drama driven by feminist rage

The Guardian

The words, echoing from the past, make you shudder

WhatsOnStage

A play which focuses on a specific event in history and makes it tactile, devastating, and unapologetically savage (review from Edinburgh run)

A Younger Theatre

Fascinating and potent verbatim devised piece based on a 17th-century rape trial (review from Edinburgh run)

The Stage

Beautifully fractures the male gaze into a kaleidoscope of strong colour, fury, and female self-expression

Exeunt

Fiercely political and bang on the money

The Independent

This art history lesson is anything but dusty as the scenario is staged with imaginative flair and unabashed theatricality

The Times

Breach Theatre dramatise a 1612 rape trial, to devastating effect

Time Out

Date & time

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Tue 16 Oct - Sat 10 Nov, 3pm & 7.30pm

Venue

New Diorama Theatre
15 - 16 Triton Street, Regent's Place NW1 3BF London, UK · Get Directions
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