Building on the critically acclaimed performances in London and New York before lockdown, Agape Theatre Company is pleased to be back on stage with Windrush – The Betrayal at Union Theatre, Southwark, before embarking on a five-city UK tour.
As our Home Secretary in May 2012, Theresa May implemented government policy to reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands to ten thousand per annum. This policy came to be known as the “hostile environment”. Many who had come to the UK legally as children, were harassed, arrested, detained and deported as the Conservative government targeted children of Commonwealth migrants in order to bully them out of the country. Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman brought the shameful policy to the attention of the nation and saved dozens of legal British subjects from “removal”.
Award-winning playwright Mark Grey has taken the individual stories, as reported in the National Press, of Anthony Bryan, Paulette Wilson, Sylvester Marshall, and Michael Braithwaite and woven a story that highlights the way that children of the Windrush generation were shamelessly targeted by their own government, refused access to work, benefits, housing, and healthcare in an attempt to score political points by driving them out of the country they had called home for over fifty years.
It was disgraceful, disgusting and it was shameful. If not for Amelia Gentleman and the Guardian, they would have succeeded. This is a true story, and Agape Theatre Company is doing its part to help ensure that everyone is aware of the facts.
Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR from 1st – 7th November. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: £15, £13.
Booking: 020 7261 9876 – www.uniontheatre.biz