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'Suffused with honesty and wit.' ★★★★ The Stage
'A heart-on-its- sleeve powerful piece of work.' ★★★★ Yorkshire Post
'A brilliant show' ★★★★★ AlwaysTimeForTheatre.com
'Testament is a one-man mashup machine...' British Theatre Guide
'...it denies anyone the comfort of sitting back and thinking “this doesn’t apply to me.' Exeunt Magazine
'...a mesmerising blend of beatbox, rap, spoken word and soliloquy'.' The Gryphon
‘...leaves you going away feeling uplifted.' Northern Quota Magazine
The new show from Testament, the rapper, record holding beatboxer and the writer of the acclaimed Black Men Walking:
The twin juggernauts of hip-hop and feminism are on a collision course. And Testament reckons he’s the guy to sort it out.
A ‘conscious‘ rapper and World Record Holding Beatboxer, he thinks he’s a right-on kind of guy. He’s made theatre shows and had his poetry on Radio 4.
Then his daughter is born and suddenly he’s not so sure. That’s why he’s staying up late, lost in the dark worlds of the internet. Because that’s the place people go to talk about these things.
What will he discover as he starts to unpick his own prejudices? With a dose of wit, a knack for self-deprecation and a truck-load of honesty, Testament is ready to find out.
Expect beatboxing, spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop classics as you’ve never heard them before.
Suitable for ages 12+
A West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Exchange, Roundhouse and Camden People's Thetre co-production in association with LittleMighty.
Writer & Performer Testament
Director Tom Wright
Dramaturgy Emma Adams
Designer Emma Tompkins
Lighting Design Aly Howe
Thanks to Dick & Gloria at Little Mighty. Emma Adams for your genius and patience. Suzanne Bell at Royal Exchange, Gilly Roche at Leeds Playhouse, Matthew Xia, Gaby Paradis and all at First Floor, Leeds Playhouse. Susan Burns at Chol Theatre. And thank you family for support (special salute to Elise).
Black Men Walking
*UK Theatre Awards 2018 Best New Play nominee *Writer’s Guild Award 2018 Best Play shortlist
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‘Powerful, political, lyrical… Testament’s writing is linguistically dazzling, full of punchy humour and poetic charm’ The Stage ★★★★★
'Mixing poetry and politics, this is a stirring piece that suggests there is no situation that cannot be changed.' ★★★★ The Guardian
'This production has a wow factor' ★★★★ The Independent
'...this is an original and penetrating piece, shifting in style from comic exchanges, to lyrical introspection, to choral refrains and passages of rap.' ★★★★ Financial Times
‘As poetic as it is potent.’ WhatsOnStage ★★★★
‘Exhilarating and absorbing’ Manchester Theatre Awards ★★★★
A new play written by Testament. Directed by Dawn Walton.
“We walk. Though we are written into the landscape you don’t see us. We walked England before the English.”
Thomas, Matthew and Richard walk.
They walk the first Saturday of every month. Walking and talking. But this walk…
Maybe they should have cancelled, but they needed the walk today. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.
Dedicated to the Black Men’s Walking Group. A Revolution Mix story.
Black Men Walking is the first national tour born from Revolution Mix – a movement that will spearhead the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories.
Black Men Walking is a co-production between Eclipse Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester.
BLAKE REMIXED (2015)
“An entertaining fusion of hip hop, rap and beatboxing that thrusts the Blake mythology into the 21st century” The Stage
"No one is better set to bring Blake's words to a modern audience. Entangling Blake's canon with his own lines and rhymes, Testament's end result has a seamless momentum that gives the archaic a thrilling relevancy." Broadway Baby ★★★★
“Outstanding” The Reviews Hub ★★★★
“Inspiring, innovative performance” The State of the Arts ★★★★★
"A thrilling relevancy ... a fascinating insight into the line between beat boxing and poetry collide." ” - British Theatre Guide
Acclaimed rapper and world record-holding beatboxer Testament smashes together UK Hip Hop with the iconic poetry of William Blake. Celebrating the greatest counter-cultural voices in British history, Blake Remixed fuses music and storytelling with a live DJ and interactive video.
Made in collaboration with Scratch DJ World Champion DJ Woody, the show brings cutting social insight to a coming of age story with a difference. The show features filmed appearances from internationally renowned UK Hip-Hop artists Soweto Kinch, Jehst, Ty and Shlomo.
Blake Remixed was initially developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse with Leeds based producers LittleMighty as a co-production.
See the Blake Remixed website for interviews, images and more here: www.blakeremixed.com