Woke

Wed 19 September 2018

Autumn 2018 | Gig Theatre
Testament in association with Little Mighty presents
WOKE
A West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Exchange, Roundhouse and Camden People’s Theatre Co-Production

#IsTestamentWOKE
 
★★★★ “Testament dazzles with his beatboxing and rapping skills" - Yorkshire Post

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 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 world 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 seslf-depreciation 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.

The Bottom Line: Testament is a terrific performer – you’ll go away uplifted, you’ll have had a laugh, you’ll love the music, but you’ll also be provoked, and go away with a more meaningful understanding of hip-hop and feminism. Or both!


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about

Testament, has spent over a decade in the music business as a rapper and Guinness World Record holding beatboxer. His album, released by First Word Records, includes collaborations with Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae and Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch.

His theatre experience began by working with beatboxer Shlomo on his shows Boxed, The Vocal Orchestra and The Lip Factory. He then created his own show, Blake Remixed, which visited the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured the UK to great acclaim. His play Black Men Walking for Eclipse Theatre and Revolution Mix is touring throughout the spring, including a run at London’s Royal Court.

reviews

★★★★“Suffused with wit and honesty” – The Stage

★★★★★ “WOKE is honest, it is hugely skilful with language, observant throughout – not to mention funny. It is a brilliant show.” – Always Time for Theatre

“…virtuosic verbal performances” – Exeunt

“A one man mash-up machine… the performance is skilful and the music infectious” – British Theatre Guide

“intelligent and humorous” – The Northern Quota

“You will leave feeling moved, pumped and hopefully a bit more woke then when you walked in” – The Gryphon

Featured on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 Music show.

show details

Dates: Wed 19 Sept
 Times: 7:30pm
Running time: TBC
  Prices:  £12.50 (£10.50 Conc)
Charges: £1.50 postage

Venue: Unity One