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Underbelly Untapped

2nd Aug 2018

Underbelly Untapped supports new writing at the Fringe in partnership with New Diorama Theatre. Shining a light on emerging companies, this year Underbelly Untapped presents three thought-provoking shows focusing on female voices.

Our shows this year are brimming with talent from the playwrights, production teams and performers, promising to blow you away.

Breach Theatre is a Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning company bringing It’s True, It’s True, It’s True revisiting the 1612 case of the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and how it influenced her work.

Queens of Sheba from Nouveau Riche delves into the harsh reality of our society, inspired by the true story of 4 young black women turned away from a club for “being too black”.

dressed. By ThisEgg, the company behind huge Fringe 2016 hit Me & My Bee, uses an intense combination of direct address, dance, original music and design to tell the true story of a girl who gives all her clothes away and starts making her whole wardrobe from scratch, after being stripped at gunpoint and sexually assaulted while travelling.

Underbelly Untapped gets to the heart of the Fringe – unearthing hidden theatre gems and giving them the platform they deserve to share their stories and have their voices heard. Come and hear those voices.


It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

2.50pm (3.50pm) Cowgate | more info

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. 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.


Queens of Sheba

6.50pm (7.50pm) Cowgate | more info

Queens of Sheba tells the stories of four black women who have been turned away from a night club for “being too black” (based on the Dstrkt night post incident in 2015). The drama focuses on the rise of Misogynoir (misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias). It is the story of strong passionate women who fight to overcome the terrors of oppression in a racist and sexist society. Queens of Sheba is a journey that travels through some of the harsh realities of our time.



6pm (7pm) Cowgate | more info

Told with a tender intimacy, dressed is a true story told by four women who have been friends since school. After being stripped at gun point, Lydia set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made. Multi award-winning ThisEgg combine choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us.

Posted by Annie Wheeler