Amidst the two women’s journeys, they experience love, laughter, pain, disappointment and abuse.
Writer and Director Angie Le Mar is no stranger to the church. She was raised in it. Her mother was an evangelist and her father a deacon. Whilst she enjoyed the love and the music of the church, she left as a teenager to pursue her dream to become a comedienne. She became Britain’s first black female comedienne, was a radio presenter on Choice FM, the leading station of the 80’s to noughties, hosted her own shows and wrote plays.
Angie returned back to the faith of her childhood, after 35 years and her life journey is documented in her autobiography Full Circle. Angie shared, “Some of my best memories were as a child growing up in the church, my friends, my memories, my identity. So when I returned, it was really like going back to the place, I’ve always known and loved”
Take Me Back pays homage to the music and worship styles of the Windrush Generation, those people who migrated to the UK from the Caribbean in the 1950s and 60s as well as recounts a story of faith, reconciliation and forgiveness. “Writing Take Me Back allowed me to pay homage to the faith of my parents’ generation, who are often described as the Windrush Generation. Their faith, and the church, helped them overcome the racism and difficulties they experienced.”
Angie is no stranger to writing hit shows. Known as Britain’s Queen of Black comedy, she has a coined a career that spans 30 years. She has also written numerous sell out hit plays including The Brothers, Funny Black Women on the Edge, Forty, and Do you know where your daughter is?
Angie believes Take Me Back has captured an authentic aspect of Black Life in Britain which she hopes audiences will continue to warm to. “The country is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush this year. Now is as good a time as any for audiences to experience a slice of black life that sustained the African Caribbean communities.”