Agape Theatre Company’s production of Windrush – The Betrayal is coming to the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool as part of a four-city tour.
Windrush – The Betrayal premiered in London at The Union Theatre last November and received very favourable reviews. It tells the story of how many British subjects who came to be known as the Windrush Generation were targeted by the government as part of their “hostile environment” policy to reduce net migration.
The production tells the story of how The Guardian newspaper exposed the prejudicial and biased treatment of legal British Subjects by the Government’s “hostile environment” policy.
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.
As part of the tour taking the show to cities with significant migrant communities, there will be performances in Liverpool at The Capstone Theatre on 22 and 23 October.
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP
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