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Simon Blakey

Testament is a rapper, beatboxer and theatre maker currently based in West Yorkshire.  He is a supported artist of The Royal Exchange Theatre.

His credits include performances on BBC, MTV, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1txra.  He also holds the Guinness World Record for leading the world’s largest Human Beatbox ensemble.  Testament won the BBC Urban Music Talent Award in 2007 and has since worked with a diverse range of artists from Corinne Bailey Rae and Soweto Kinch to US legend, DJ KoolHerc.

Theatre credits include:

Untitled Play Commission
Manchester Royal Exchange

Untitled Play Commission
Orange tree Theatre/ Talawa theatre

Orpheus in the Record Shop                       Current
As part of ‘Connecting Voices’
Leeds Playhouse
Also filmed for BBC Arts as part of the ‘Lights Up 2021 Festival’

★★★★   The Times
“A showcase for the protean talents of the rapper, writer composer and beatboxer Testament… He commanded centre stage for over an hour with a virtuoso display of wry humour and freewheeling musical inventio.”

★★★★   The Telegraph
“Represents a bold and serious-minded artistic bid to address our lockdown year of emotional dislocation”

Black Men Walking
Eclipse & Manchester Royal Exchange
UK Tour

★★★★★   The Stage
“Powerful, political, lyrical.”
“Testament’s writing is linguistically dazzling, full of punchy humour and poetic charm. Each character is carefully crafted – they are honest depictions of modern, woke Black men brought to life by talented performers”

★ ★ ★ ★ Financial Times
“Rich and witty…this is an original and penetrating piece, shifting in style from comic exchanges, to lyrical introspection, to choral refrains and passages of rap.”

★ ★ ★ ★
The Guardian, Arts Desk & WhatsOnStage

Blake Remixed
Little Mighty & West Yorkshire Playhouse
UK Tour

The Ten Past
Leeds Library Service & Little Mighty

Little Mighty
UK Tour

Podcasts include: White Open Spaces: Jerusalem (Pentabus/Eclipse Theatre)

Work as a performer includes: Shlomo & The Vocal Orchestra (Southbank Centre)

Radio includes: The Beatboxer (BBC R4), Daughter (BBC R4) Georges – An adaptation of the Novel by Alexandre Dumas (BBC R4)

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+44 (0)207 467 0125