[TW: racism, racial slurs, racial abuse, racial violence, sexual violence]
“Are you saying my children’s white lives do not matter?”
“Racism is a two-way street. If I were to walk through Brixton right now, I would be murdered by a gang of blacks for being white.”
“I don’t see colour”.
“You should be tied to a cross and set on fire.”
“There is no racism in Scotland.”
“If your mum is white and your dad is black, does that mean you’re half a n*****?”
These are just some of the things my white friends have said to me over the years.
Things My White Friends Say is an exploration of everyday racism conceived of in the light of George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter movement that has enthralled the world. Although many white people have engaged with this cause, so many more feel threatened as their white privilege has now been well and truly challenged. They don’t like it and will do all they can to resist change. Countless more deny that racism even exists.
Very much inspired by Gary McNair’s Locker Room Talk. Things My White Friends Say will see four actors of colour take to the stage to capture this important moment in our history. The actors will articulate their own experiences of racism, as well as other people of colour interviewed by the writer. The play will also present, confront, and challenge the views of a wide-ranging section of the white public from textile heiresses, to policemen, to journalists and more.
The play is a call to arms. A wee part of the revolution. An urgent story of black and brown racialized people that must be told, and that needs to be listened to. A piece of theatre that takes on the truly terrifying monster of racism, asking who should take responsibility and how do we begin to move forward.
Written by Joe McCann
With dramaturgy and directed by Raman Mundair
Cast: Reuben Joseph, Laura Lovemore, Thandie Muronzi & Jatinder Singh Randhawa
On Saturday 12 June, 6-7pm we will be running an online post-show event hosted by Gillian Neish of Neish Training. This event provides a space and opportunity for people who have been affected by Things My White Friends Say to meet and discuss their thoughts and reflections in a safe facilitated Zoom session. Also present at the event will be writer Joe McCann and director Raman Mundair.
Content warning: Contains strong language and descriptions of racism, racial slurs and violent sexual and racial abuse.
Recommended age suitability: 18yrs+
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