Tristan Bernays

Plays by Tristan Bernays


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Tristan Bernays' play Boudica is a history play in verse that tells the story of Boudica, queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe in the first century AD. It was first performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, on 8 September 2017.

The play is set in the year 61 AD in Britannia, on the furthest western borders of the Roman Empire. The King of the Iceni has died and his widow, Boudica, has tried to claim her rightful throne. For her insolence in defying Rome, the queen has been flogged, her daughters have been raped, and they have been banished from their homeland. But now, Queen Boudica has returned with an army, seeking revenge.

The premiere production was directed by Eleanor Rhode and designed by Tom Piper. It was performed by Bethan Clark, Samuel Collings, Owen Findlay, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Kate Handford, Joan Iyiola, Brian Martin, Forbes Masson, Gina McKee (as Boudica), Anna-Maria Nabirye, Abraham Popoola, Clifford Samuel, Natalie Simpson and Tok Stephen.

Tristan Bernays is a writer and performer from London. His work includes Boudica (Shakespeare's Globe, 2017); Testament (VAULT Festival, London, 2017); Frankenstein (Watermill Theatre/Wilton’s Musical Hall); Teddy (Southwark Playhouse; Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards); The Bread & The Beer (Soho Theatre/UK tour); and Coffin (King’s Head Theatre, London).
(Author photo by Michael Shelford)