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

16 October – 10 November, 2018


“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.

Please note, this performance contains some nudity. 

Running time: 1 hour. 


Quotes & Reviews

Post Show Talks & Discussions

Wednesday 31st October - “I'll Show You What a Woman Can Do”
A discussion of early modern women on the stage with Breach’s Ellice Stevens, writer of Emilia (The Globe) Morgan Lloyd Malcom and The Stage’s Natasha Tripney.
Free for all ticket holders.

Tuesday 6th November - “The Works Shall Speak For Themselves”
A discussion on the life and works of Artemisia Gentileschi with Breach Theatre, the National Gallery Curator of Later Italian Painting, Letizia Treves, and journalist Holly Williams.
Free for all ticket holders.

Wednesday 7th November - Dialogue Theatre Club
Dialogue Club works like a book group: see the show in your own time, then come and discuss what you thought with other audience members over drinks. Hosted by theatre-writer Maddy Costa and artist Rhiannon Armstrong.
Free for all ticket holders.


WINNERS! Scotsman Fringe First Award 2018.

WINNERS! The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2018.

★★★★★ "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

The Company


Breach creates politically engaged, formally innovative live performances that cross disciplines and mash up different media. A collaboration between theatre-makers and a video artist, Breach has been described as “a young company with a strong creative identity” by The Stage and won the 2015 Total Theatre Award for an Emerging Artist or Company with The Beanfield, and a Fringe First in 2017 with TANK. / @breach_theatre

Cast & Creatives



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