Testament - Hope Theatre
Sunday 28 April 2019
Off-West End - Shows
Sam Edmunds' play Testament will return to Islington's Hope Theatre from 14 May to 1 June, after a successful short outing at the theatre back in 2018 and runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Incoming Festivals.
Image courtesy Chalk Line Theatre
Sam Edmunds' play Testament had a successful short outing at Islington's Hope Theatre in its Sunday/ Monday slot back in the Autumn of 2018.
ActDrop reviewed the play during that run ...
"Energetic performances, innovative staging and absurdist elements combine productively in an intelligently constructed work about the impact of brain damage on memories and decisions." said Peter Brown - read the full 4 star review here.
Now the play is set to get a longer run as the Hope's main production from 14 May to 1 June.
Written by Chalk Line Theatre's artistic director, Sam Edmunds, Testament was first developed and staged at Debut Festival 2018 whilst the author was studying at East 15 Acting School on The BA Acting And Contemporary Theatre Course under the mentorship of Charlotte Josephine, Jesse Briton and Uri Roodner.
The play explores suicide, loss and grief and was written in response to the increasing statistics of male suicide within our society.
It aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of suicide, whilst also provide some light relief about this heartbreaking subject matter.
Here's the show trailer (warning: the video contains stobing) ...
Since it's first staging, Testament was later developed with a new cast and script and taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 where it received considerable critical acclaim and became selected for this year's Incoming Festival run by A Younger Theatre and New Diorama.
Subsequently, Testament played 6 dates in London towards the end of 2018 receiving further critical acclaim and selling out every performance at The Hope Theatre.
The Hope's artistic director, Matthew Parker, has subsequently programmed the show for a full London run this year, which is being supported by Arts Council England and staged in association with the Charity CALM.
Throughout it's upcoming London run, Chalk Line Theatre will be collecting money for CALM and donating a proportion of ticket sales to the Charity.
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth and … Max!
Max is in a car crash with his brother and his girlfriend Tess, who dies in the accident.
Following the loss of his girlfriend, he tries to commit suicide and fails, but when he wakes up, he believes she is still alive, leaving him left questioning what happened to Tess.
Answers appear as apparitions of modernised biblical characters, aiding Max in his discovery or tempting him away.
His only hope of recovery lies in the hands of his brother Chris.
Testament is an award-winning play exploring how humans deal with grief and how it effects those around them, exploring suicide, loss and guilt.
Inviting you into the mind of a car crash survivor as he tries to piece together his fractured memories - exploring the fragmented and nonlinear process of our memories and how trauma can affect this.
Max - Nicholas Shalebridge
Tess - Jessica Frances
Doctor - Shireenah Ingram
Chris - William Shackleton
Jesus - David Angland
Lucifer - Daniel Leadbitter
Author: Sam Edmunds
Director: Sam Edmunds and William Patrick Harrison
Designer: Becca White
Lighting: Alan Walden
Sound: William Patrick Harrison
Production: Vikesh Godhwani for Chalk Line Theatre
From: Tuesday 14 May 2019
Closes: Saturday 1 June 2019
ActDrop full listing for Testament