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Angie taking it back to stage

ON A HIGH: Angie Le Mar’s Take Me Back gives audiences an insight into the strict London churches of the 1980s

LEADING COMEDIENNE and playwright Angie Le Mar is gearing up for a two-week run of her hit gospel music drama, Take Me Back, at south London’s Stockwell Playhouse.

The play, first staged last year, will give audiences an insight into the faith, music and secrets of the Windrush Generation and second generation black Britons.

Take Me Back tells the story of two young girls who grew up in London’s black church community of the 1980s, and how the church’s strictness, coupled with their own painful church experiences, caused them to leave its confines and follow their own life path.

Amid their own life struggles and disappointments, the two girls don’t lose their faith, and find themselves going back to the church of their youth where they found solace and acceptance. Take Me Back features a 17-strong cast which includes Premier Gospel presenter and gospel singer Selene Jordan and Simone Anglin, one of the first responders at the recent Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
The show has already enjoyed six sell out shows.

Le Mar serves as Take Me Back’s writer, director and producer. She is considered a legend in Britain’s black comedy scene and is known as the First Lady of Black comedy.

She grew up in a church going Caribbean family, left the church as a teenager to pursue her dream to become a comedienne and along the way also worked as a radio presenter, TV host, playwright, producer and director.

Last year, Le Mar published her debut book, Full Circle, an autobiography of her life’s work and chronicles her decision to become a Christian six years ago.

Le Mar has always wanted to write a play that paid homage to her church roots – and she’s done so with this production.

She said: “Take Me Back provides a snapshot of the church community the first generation of black immigrants to the UK created for themselves and their families. People will get to hear the songs and get insight into some of the struggles young and old faced as they tried to apply their faith to their every day experiences and painful personal issues.”

Take Me Back will be staged at the Stockwell Playhouse, London from April 3-14.

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