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


This gripping dramatisation of a 1612 rape trial brought by the gifted painter Artemisia Gentileschi roars down the ages centuries after it shocked Renaissance Rome.

When Agostino Tassi, the pope’s favourite artist, was accused of raping 15-year-old Gentileschi, the ensuing seven-month case was widely publicised. It’s True, It’s True, It’s True interweaves jaw-dropping court transcripts with history, myth, contemporary insight and moments of satire to ask: how much has really changed?

Filled with ire and using modern language, the devised show shines a spotlight on a remarkable woman who went on to triumph through her art.

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This new film version, shot on location in a former chapel, was specially staged for TV and originally shown on BBC4. The film is produced by Artemisia Films and Breach and was commissioned by The Space for BBC Arts.

Quotes & Reviews


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 is a devised theatre company creating bold, innovative shows that blend drama and documentary. Previous shows include: Joan of Leeds (★★★★ "A sparkling, sweetly realised triumph" Time Out), Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Award Winning It's True, It's True, It's True (★★★★★ “Consistently exciting ... uneasily current” - The Financial Times), Fringe First Award-winning Tank (★★★★ “raw, joyous psych-rock freakout” - The Scotsman) and Total Theatre Award-winning The Beanfield (★★★★ “theatrically ambitious and boldly political” - The Guardian). Breach are a New Diorama Theatre Associate Ensemble. / @breach_theatre

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