07 November 2022 07:30 PM
12 November 2022 07:30 PM
229 Union Street
London SE1 0LR
7th -13th November
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 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.
"Theatre's great secret is out. (Mark Grey) is one of London's best kept secrets." (Kentish times)
Agape Theatre Company is pleased to present Windrush – The Betrayal.
How The Guardian Newspaper exposed the prejudicial and biased treatment of legal British Subjects by the Government's "hostile environment" policy. An ideal piece for Entertainment, Education, and Discussion
Windrush - The Betrayal Reviews
“It’s an amazing play. It really is a powerful play.”
-Amelia Gentleman – The Guardian
“Congratulations on an Outstanding Play.”
-Arthur Torrington – The Windrush Foundation
“An excellent piece of work. The cast perform with their hearts as well as their minds. We must thank ALL the cast... David Lammy's speech recreated here by (Joseph Quartson) was epic! See it and weep.
- Southwark News-
“I was moved. The way you portrayed the narrative was brilliant. The roll call at the end was particularly sobering.”
Full Article in The Gleaner
Reviews of our previous work
End The Silence
End The Silence is emotionally and intellectually engaging. A must see for men, women, and teenagers.
-H.E. Seth George Ramocan Jamaican High Commissioner-
A very interesting and entertaining show... The acting was uniformly excellent, one of The standouts being Levi Harrington played with the right amount of arrogance, charm, and menace by Joe Quartson. The play had me laughing, shaking my head, feeling sorrow & anger
-Lovers of Black Theatre-
A very good play. Thought provoking and well worth seeing.
-Menelik Shabazz- film producer/ director -
A wonderful show. The writing is superb!
Asylum unpacked a powerful display of intrigue and interplay between the characters…
(Asylum) skillfully depicts the true meaning of peace and contentment when we are prepared to face up to the realities our past issues amidst the recurring challenges of the present.
Richard Daly – The Messenger
The Best Play I have seen in a very long time – SEC Media
Misie Goode has a strong presence on stage. She was a tour de force! – Evolving Creatives
Reviews from Healed
Absolutely Brilliant! I highly recommend – Paul Ross, Journalist & Presenter
I was very moved by Mark Grey's production of 'Healed'. Pearl was beautifully played by Misie Goode. It was beautifully played & thought provoking with so much depth. I look forward to the next. – Patrick Robinson - Actor
Agape has also been well received by the Press on previous visits to the London Fringe.
-THE STAGE- “This production is brilliant entertainment and deserves a large audience.” -BBC RADIO LEICESTER- “Brilliant entertainment. Brilliant acting.”
-THE SCOTSMAN-“There is an integrity and passion, which gives it its own particular charm.”
-THE HERALD-“Redemption song is a challenging presentation, with a strong ‘feel good’ factor. Worth a look” “Mark DeLisser’s Louie, a dynamic and attractive figure.” “Honours to Madeline McQueen, Her performance was a delight, and hugely enjoyed by the audience.”
-The Voice- The Loser is a Winner! Leaves the audience with much more of what more expensive productions offer, but fail to deliver.
-GREENBELT FESTIVALS- A great Success!
Thou Shalt Not
"Intense. An engaging piece. A well-written, well -acted drama."
"Theatre's great secret is out. (Mark Grey) is one of London's best kept secrets."
"A strong cast & a well written script. An intensity brought about by the quality of the acting. You are actually in the room with them gaining an insight into their minds"
“A sparky performance from Ellen-Gayle Harewood that appealingly draws out the contradictions of the character."