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Saturday 25 May 2019

Brighton Festival 2019 Review: True Copy @ The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

On behalf of The Brighton Magazine, Billie Eliot Turner was at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, in Brighton, to witness BERLIN's True Copy, a documentary theatre work that dissects the meaning of authenticity within a world in which value is based on the ego. 


But how can one thing be worth more than another? By its reputation and those buying into it. This production is theatre in its excellence.

Intelligent interview narration and multimedia stimuli that allows an organic unfolding of the life of renown art forger Geert Jan Jansen told by the man himself; the autobiography is staged. 

To this day, museums worldwide have been exhibiting four works by Geert Jan which nobody would single out as forgeries. 


A spelling mistake eventually lays bare Geert Jan's illicit activity, and a German superintendent catches him. 

He becomes an overnight sensation and one of the most famous art world swindlers.

Humorous, thought provoking and meticulously well calculated, True Copy will leave you with a burning need to continue its conversation. 

Highly recommended and a theatre company to watch. 

BERLIN's True Copy at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts until Sunday 26th May. For tickets CLICK HERE. The Brighton Festival continues until Sunday 26th May 2019. For info CLICK HERE.

by: Billie Eliot Turner




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