Hackney Showroom in association with Brixton House presents…

The Legends of Them by Sutara Gayle AKA Lorna Gee


The Legends of Them wins Best Performance Piece at the Offies 2024.
It ran 14 – 30 September 2023 at Brixton House.

WORLD PREMIERE

★★★★★ Afridiziak
★★★★★ Theatre News
★★★★1/2 Reviews Hub
★★★★ All That Dazzles
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ The Stage

“For the first time in my life, everything is silent” 

Darkness descends at the Pink House in Tiruvannamalai, India. As the storm cracks through the windows, Lorna’s memories pierce their way through the silence. The legends of her life come to guide her – her mother Euphemia, her sister Cherry and her ancestor, Nanny of the Maroons. But will Lorna find the strength to face her demons? Come, let our observer take your hand, as she leads us on an epic voyage of discovery.

With high octane musical numbers and a virtuoso solo performance, The Legends of Them is a unique theatrical experience brought to you by connoisseurs of experimental entertainment, Hackney Showroom.

Brixton luminary Sutara Gayle is a leading British actor, also known as the award-winning, internationally acclaimed reggae artist Lorna Gee. This is her debut show as a writer-performer. 

SPECIAL EVENTS


Tony Gayle Sound Designer
Gino Ricardo Green Projection Designer
Joshie Harriette Lighting Designer
Martina Laird Associate Director
Christella Litras Composer
Melissa Simon-Hartman Costume Designer

Reuben Bojang Associate Sound Designer & Technical Stage Manager
Charlotte Ranson Production Manager
Jules Reid Company Stage Manager

Dawn Estefan Production Therapist
Hazel Holder Vocal Coach
Jade Hackett Movement Director

Co-created by Nina Lyndon & Jo McInnes

Artwork photography by Caroline Allinson

REVIEWS 

★★★★★ Afridiziak
“Its fabulously non-linear structure eschews the familiar ‘rags-to-riches’ and ‘triumph from adversity’ tropes. By so doing, each emotional shift, comedic beat or groovy transition feels freshly observed and experienced. It’s almost as if we – the audience – are experiencing the spiritual reawakening with the performer, in real time.”
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★★★★★ Theatre News
“The Legends of Them is a socio-political triumph. It not only serves as a pertinent chronicle of a truly inspirational woman’s life and the musical movement that surrounded her, but as an enticing invitation to embark on your own journey of enlightenment”
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★★★★ ½  Reviews Hub
“Gayle’s first work as a playwright feels like the work she has been building up to her whole life. An immensely personal journey, it is one we feel privileged to share.” 
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★★★★  All That Dazzles
“Gayle is a lyrical mastermind, weaving original tracks into the story arc with a deft touch, slapping laugh-out-loud lyrics and one-liners in-between heartbreaking anecdotes and fascinating spiritual insights.” 
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★★★★  Everything Theatre
“It’s a dreamscape where Sutara fluidly shifts from one character to the next… Original, unique and entertaining.” 
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★★★★ The Stage
“In front of sky-high speakers, she breaks into flawless songs that join the dots between her world’s different sections. As she sings, you can’t help but be shaken. On press night, after the play ended, many in the audience stayed seated in the darkness, to catch their breath. This is theatre so agonisingly true that it takes your heart and twists it.”
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Watch the playback of Sutura’s nostalgic walk through Brixton reflecting on reggae music and the Pioneers of Dancehall exhibition on ITVxWatch here.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sutara Gayle AKA Lorna Gee – Writer-Performer 

Sutara Gayle is a British-Jamaican actress with a wealth of credits spanning the last 3 decades across both drama & comedy. In 2023 she can be seen playing Gemma Whiteley in the Britbox/BBC One crime drama series Magpie Murders and she’s due to star in  the new season of Outlander, Supacell and Black Cake. In 2022 she starred in the 5th series of the BBC’s popular crime drama Strike. She has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed BBC shows such as hit comedy Ghosts, Silent Witness, the Jimmy McGovern BAFTA nominated drama Anthony and played Linda in Steve McQueen’s Golden Globe winning Small Axe. Her theatre credits include Paradise (National Theatre), Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre and UK tour), and At the Table and Almost Nothing (Royal Court Theatre). For film, Viral, Anthony, Carmilla, A Caribbean Dream, SuperBob, The Dark Night and Run Fatboy Run

As Lorna Gee, she is the 2012 BEFFTA and HiCrEc award winner for outstanding contribution to reggae music. The 1985 smash hit ‘Gotta Find a Way’ placed her at the top of the Reggae charts for 6 weeks for which she received recognition with two BBC Radio London Reggae Awards for Best Female Artist 1985 and 1986. Lorna has been crowned one of the Queens of Lovers Rock with fellow singers Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson. She was presented with the prestigious Lovers Rock Gala Award for her contribution to Lovers Rock music at The Brixton Academy in 2008.


Supported by
Arts Council England
Maria Björnson Memorial Fund
National Theatre
Bickles of Brixton