Sutara Gayle interview – The Legends of Them

Brixton House
Interview by: Christina Nicole
Published: Sunday 13 August 2023, 8:30am

Hackney Showroom in association with Brixton
present The Legends Of Them by Sutara Gayle AKA Lorna Gee. 

The Legends of Them charts the story of Sutara Gayle’s extraordinary life – a pioneering female deejay on London’s infamous reggae scene in the 1980s, Lorna Gee cut her cloth performing for the legendary Saxone, Coxsone and Nasty Rockers sound systems. A run-in with Linton Kwesi Johnson whilst waiting in the dole queue inspired her to write her first single  Three Weeks Gone (mi Giro) which she heard for the first time on the radio whilst doing a stint in Holloway Prison. Going on to have her hit single Got To Find A Way in the reggae charts for 6 weeks, Lorna won the BC Radio London Reggae awards 2 years in a row in 1985 and 1986,  followed by the 1992 New York, Tamika Reggae Award for best female Deejay.

In 1985 her sister Cherry Groce was shot by the police, sparking the second Brixton Uprising and this landmark event in British history provides the socio-political backdrop to this compelling story. In her darkest hour, Lorna’s brother – internationally renowned guru Mooji – takes her to India to experience her first Satsang (spiritual gathering) and it is Lorna’s spiritual encounter – with the 3 legends in her life as her spiritual guides, her mother, sister and ancestry Nanny of the Maroons – which frames this story. Neither a conventional play or musical, The Legends of Them is a unique theatrical, shared spiritual experience. Expect a no holds barred, intimate encounter with an outstanding virtuoso performer who conjures multiple characters in this epic story.

NEED TO KNOW: The Legends of Them plays at Brixton House from 14-30 Sept 2023 | See listing #AfridiziakTheatreNews #TheLegendsOfThem