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The Vaults, London

“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.


Reviews for TESTAMENT from its five show run at VAULT Festival:

“Intriguing, gripping stuff”
★★★★★ LondonTheatre

“Bernays has managed to create a new and captivating angle to the Bible and it’s impossible not to engage with their stories.” A Younger Theatre

“A thoroughly engaging watch.” Exeunt Magazine

“Gripping and grisly stuff” The Peg

Top Picks of VAULT 2017 by Time Out


Written by Tristan Bernays

Starring Tristan Bernays, Celeste Dodwell, Peta Cornish, Simon Manyonda, and Ivy Davies

Produced by Darius Thompson on behalf of Old Sole Theatre Company

TESTAMENT was also one of five plays chosen to be published by Nick Hern Books in its anthology PLAYS FROM VAULT 2