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Testament

Written by Tristan Bernays
Presented by Old Sole Theatre Company
Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson

Theatre. 22nd – 26th Feb, 18:15, £12.
Matinee 25th Feb, 13:30

One of Time Out‘s Top Picks
of VAULT 2017

The dark underside of the Greatest Story Ever Told.
Four overlooked Bible characters tell their side of the story, accompanied by a haunting live score of gospel and blues.

★★★★ Evening Standard & Time Out
on Tristan Bernays’ TEDDY

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“My daddy wasn’t nobody – you think I care you the Son of God?”

A man whose father tried to sacrifice him.
Two sisters with a dark family secret.
A man on death row whose cell mate claims to be the Messiah.

TESTAMENT presents four overlooked Bible characters – a ragtag group of women, children, outcasts and thieves – and resets them in modern day America, giving these unknown voices a chance to finally tell their side of the story. Featuring a haunting live score of gospel and blues, TESTAMENT is a compelling and human exploration of the dark underside of The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Tristan Bernays is an award winning writer and performer. His new play BOUDICA will be performed at The Globe in Sep 2017 as part of Emma Rice’s final Summer of Love season. (“Energy and invention abound. Remarkable.” ★★★★ Evening Standard on TEDDY, winner of Best New Musical from the Off West End Awards 2016)

“Energy and invention abound. Remarkable.” ★★★★ Evening Standard on TEDDY

“An absolute blast of a night, a fun, punchy, poignant homage to London’s past.” ★★★★ Time Out on TEDDY

“WOW… one of the most action-packed dynamic shows of the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Scotsman on THE BREAD & THE BEER

Tristan Bernays is an award winning writer and performer. His new play BOUDICA has been commissioned by the Globe Theatre and will be performed in Sep 2017 as part of Emma Rice’s final Summer of Love season.

His one man show THE BREAD & THE BEER received rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival 2013 (“WOW… one of the most of the most action-packed dynamic shows of the Fringe.” ★★★★ The Scotsman) and transferred to Soho Theatre before a UK tour. His most recent show TEDDY at Southwark Playhouse won Best New Musical from the Off West End Award 2016 (“Energy and invention abound. Remarkable.” ★★★★ Evening Standard).

www.tristanbernays.com  | @TristanBernays

Old Sole Theatre Company formed in 2014 with aspirations similar to most emerging theatre companies; to create exciting and engaging work. Since then we have honed our ethics and practice, questioning where we sit on the theatrical spectrum… And the answer is – we don’t.

We evolve with each project. The work we invest in has greater significance than any fixed company identity or specific avenue of theatre. We create work with speed and energy, reflecting the pace of the modern world.

Inspiration comes from anywhere – from breaking news, to an ancient myth; from a tweet, to a rap; a tune, a phrase, a beat. We’re a group with insatiable appetites for possibility, working unbound by time, space and circumstance.  Old Sole aims to create original work that is immediate, energetic and fearless.

We champion the art of collaboration. Our core members, creative associates and those who work with us all strive toward the same goals: To meet. To share. To build. To dare. To change.

www.oldsoletheatre.co.uk | @OldSoleTheatre

Lucy Jane Atkinson is a freelance director who trained at LAMDA. Since graduating she has focused on new writing, from large scale immersive experiences to intimate short plays.
Recent credits include: COV, by Susie Sillett, (Old Red Lion); ORLANDO IN ORLANDO by Tristan Bernays, & HAEMOPHOBIA by Camilla Whitehill, (St James Theatre Studio); ROCKS by Nathan Wood, & ALOE ALOE by Camilla Whitehill, (Miniaturists, Arcola); 1001 by Camilla Whitehill, & LOVE IS ON OUR SIDE by Hassan Abdulrazzak, (Courting Drama, Southwark Playhouse); THE LOST ART OF LOST ART by James Hamilton, (Edinburgh Fringe); BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, (LAMDA Linbury Studio, UK Premiere)
Lucy also worked as assistant director on Les Enfants Terribles’ Olivier nominated ALICE’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND at the Vaults last year.

www.lucyjaneatkinson.com | @lucypapoosky

Verity Johnson is an emerging designer who trained at Wimbledon College of Art, where she graduated with a First Class Honours in Theatre Design. Verity’s design credits include: The Dumb Waiter (Maltings Arts Theatre), and The House of Usher (The Hope Theatre) Want to know more about Verity’s work? Please visit her website vjohnsondesign.com

Mark Sutcliffe is a freelance sound designer based in London who trained at LAMDA. Mark has a background as a sound engineer in the West End and provincial theatre. Recent credits include: The Vertigo Angustior Of Doughmore Beach (Arcola Theatre), Where Do Little Birds Go To? (The Old Red Lion), Othello & Measure for Measure (LAMDA Linbury Studio), Trashed (Pleasance Theatre London), The Machine – Pride in London (Tristan Bates Theatre), RE silience (Little Fish Theatre Company), Face in a Jar (Rhoda McGaw Theatre), Hamlet & King John (LAMDA Linbury Studio), Sweeny Todd (POSK Hammersmith), A Few Good Men (LAMDA Linbury Studio/The Old Laundry Theatre).

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Written by Tristan Bernays
Presented by Old Sole Theatre Company
Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson
Designed by Verity Johnson
Sound Designed by Mark Sutcliffe (Associate Designer: Graeme Pugh)
Cast: Tristan Bernays, Peta Cornish, Ivy Davies, Celeste Dodwell and Simon Manyonda.

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