Breach Theatre present It’s True, It’s True, It’s True at the Cambridge Junction on Thursday 3rd October.
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 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) – and in addition they are also winners of the Underbelly & New Diorama Untapped Award, Scotsman Fringe First Award and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2018.
In 1612 in a courtroom in Rome, a young woman artist testified against her painting tutor, accusing him of rape. Whilst Agostino Tassi was the accused, it was the young Artemisia Gentileschi and her sexual reputation that was really on trial – she was subjected to a virginity test and the slanderous comments of her neighbours. Tortured by thumbscrews, she refused to retract her testimony, shouting over and over again, “it’s true, it’s true, it’s true”.
Denied justice by the courts, she sought vengeance through her art – painting herself into biblical scenes of murderous women; most famously, in Judith slaying Holofernes, two women behead a helpless, naked man.
Four centuries later, an all-female cast came together to restate the trial – re-voicing the surviving documents, translated into English – and dramatising the paintings that made Artemisia a celebrity in her own time.
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.
The cast includes Kathryn Bond as Tuzia, Sophie Steer as Agostino Tassi, and Ellice Stevens as Artemisia Gentileschi – and its certainly one to watch.
Breach Theatre’s production of It’s True, It’s True, It’s True is at the Cambridge Junction (J2), on Thursday 03 October, 7.30pm.
Tickets: Pay What You Feel from £2.50. Recommended for ages 13+. For more information or tickets visit www.junction.co.uk/its-true-its-true-its-true or call the Box Office on 01223 511 511.