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It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (Breach Theatre / Untapped By Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre)

By | Published on Friday 24 August 2018

In 1612, the painter Artemisia Gentileschi endured a seven-month trial, during which her claim to have been raped by Agostino Tassi was subjected to every kind of prejudice. This play ingeniously turns the court transcripts into verbatim theatre. It’s made to work beautifully; only when the writing ventures out on its own does it ever feel remotely unsteady. Still, it’s true: this is a beautiful, tender, captivating piece, impeccably staged and with high-powered performances. It’s true: these documents and their records of injustice call out across four hundred years of history to our present day. It’s true: this piece affirms the power of theatre to form these dialectical images, to ignite these constellations.

Underbelly, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alexander Hartley]