Breach Theatre To Stream Award-Winning Catalogue During COVID-19 Arts Shutdown

Critically acclaimed Artemisia Gentileschi drama It’s True, It’s True, It’s True to be streamed internationally after February’s BBC Four TV debut

  • The Beanfield and the music of Joan of Leeds will also be released for the first time ever
  • It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial available to stream from 31st March 2020 on YouTube for 30 days

This week Breach Theatre release their acclaimed bodies of work exclusively via YouTube amid widespread COVID-19 cancellations across the arts, with It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial on Tuesday 31 March and The Beanfield available to stream now.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – the courtroom drama based on the case of the rape of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi will be streamed on Breach’s YouTube channel following its TV premiere on BBC Four. The film is produced by Artemisia Films and Breach and was commissioned by The Space. One of the undisputed hits of the 2018 and 2019 Edinburgh Festivals, also touring across the country, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True was due to be performed at the Barbican this April but now cancelled due to COVID-19.

Breach Theatre will also stream The Beanfield for the first time – a political drama that follows the 1985 ‘Battle of the Beanfield’, praised for its vivid portrayal of the brutal conflict between new age travellers and police to confront issues of history and civil liberties, and Joan of Leeds soundtrack – the medieval mystery play that uses live music to tell the extraordinary true story of a runaway 14th century rebel nun, lyrics by Billy Barrett and music by James Frewer.

The Beanfield full show is currently available to stream online (link below) and the music of Joan of Leeds will be available to stream on Friday.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial will be streamed for free from 31st March 2020 for 30 days on YouTube and Breach encourage donations via PayPal for those who enjoyed the show and wish to support the company through the shutdown.

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BBC Four To Broadcast Acclaimed Artemisia Gentileschi Play ‘It’s True, It’s True, It’s True’ | Sun 9th Feb at 11pm

'It's True, It's True, It's True'
  • Courtroom drama based on the case of the rape of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi in 1612
  • Winner of Untapped, The Stage and The Scotsman Fringe First Awards at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, part of British Council Showcase 2019

Breach theatre’s award winning production It’s True, It’s True, It’s True will be shown on BBC Four this Sunday 9th February at 11pm.

The production is based on transcripts taken from the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi, who was accused of raping fellow painter Artemisia Gentileschi while he was tutoring her at her father’s house. This new film version, shot on location in a former chapel, was specially staged for TV and directed by Billy Barrett and Rhodri Huw. The film is produced by Artemisia Films and Breach and was commissioned by The Space for BBC Arts as part of a season of programming exploring the nude in art across the BBC, which includes Shock of the Nude (BBC Two) and Life Drawing Live! (BBC Four).

Sticking closely to the original research but using modern language and featuring an all-female cast, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True tells what, at first, seems like a tale of female empowerment in the face of ostracization by a male-dominated society. But as the trial progresses and testimonies of situations all-too familiar to a twenty-first century audience begin to emerge, we’re left asking how much has really changed in the past 400 years?

Originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, the show was one of the undisputed hits of the 2018 and 2019 Edinburgh Festivals – at the vanguard of the cultural aftershock of the #MeToo movement which rippled strongly throughout.

Breach commented “We’re so excited to have had this opportunity to share this part of Artemisia’s story with a wider audience. It resonates so much with events today, and we hope that audiences across the United Kingdom can engage with it and it can be part of a wider conversation. It’s been incredible to have been given this platform to document what is a very important piece to us, and we can’t wait for people to see it.”

Fiona Morris, Creative Director and CEO, The Space said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Breach in this compelling dramatization of the trial of Agostino Tassi. Although depicting events that took place over 400 years ago, the work examines issues that are all too relevant today and deserves to be seen and discussed by the widest possible audience.”

BBC Transmission – BBC Four, Sunday 9 February, 11pm, followed by BBC iPlayer

Critics on It’s True It’s True It’s True:

     Financial Times |     Guardian |     Times

    Sunday Times |     Independent |     Time Out

    The Stage |     What’s On Stage |     Scotsman


 It’s True, It’s True, It’s True will also be performed at Barbican from 31 March – 9 April and will also be screened for a limited time at the National Gallery, part of the Artemisia Exhibition – the first major exhibition of Artemisia’s work in the UK – on Friday 24th April

 Artemisia at The National Gallery: