THE remarkable life of a 17th-century female painter has inspired an award-winning theatre production which is coming to Corsham later this month.

Edinburgh Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach theatre company re-stage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

Her remarkable life story is the inspiration behind a new play from Breach Theatre writers Ellice Stevens and Billy Barrett, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True.

Based on surviving court transcripts, Breach dramatise 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, the play is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.

Showing to rapturous praise at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and winning a Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Award, it is now coming to Corsham with a three-hander cast of Ellice Stevens, Kathryn Bond and Harriet Webb.

Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019, and originally commissioned by New Diorama Theatre, the play is on at The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham on Wednesday, October 30 at 7.30pm.

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