“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 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.
A compelling rape drama driven by feminist rage
The words, echoing from the past, make you shudder
A play which focuses on a specific event in history and makes it tactile, devastating, and unapologetically savage (review from Edinburgh run)
Fascinating and potent verbatim devised piece based on a 17th-century rape trial (review from Edinburgh run)
Beautifully fractures the male gaze into a kaleidoscope of strong colour, fury, and female self-expression
Fiercely political and bang on the money
This art history lesson is anything but dusty as the scenario is staged with imaginative flair and unabashed theatricality
Breach Theatre dramatise a 1612 rape trial, to devastating effect