Written by Claudia Rankine and directed by Natalie Ibu
★★★★ – ‘Tense and timely, The White Card points fingers, but also points the way to positive change’ – The Guardian
★★★★ – ‘A tasty dissection of white privilege’ – The Times
‘Beautifully designed and powerful’ – The Stage
Written during an increasingly racially divided America and shortly before the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests rippled across the globe, a wealthy, privileged white couple invite a talented Black artist to dinner. Tensions run high and a heated debate uncovers some uncomfortable truths that can’t be ignored about white privilege, cultural appropriation and representation.
Be an ally, be in the room, be in the conversation.
The White Card invites us to all to play our part in the debate. The UK and European premiere of Claudia Rankine’s first published play, The White Card poses the question: can society progress when whiteness remains invisible?
The creative team on the show:
Natalie Ibu: “The White Card is a courageous and clever debate-play about the privilege of whiteness and the consuming of black trauma as art.
Although set in America, the play is just as relevant in the UK – a country where a young Black girl can be strip searched at school or a Black man can be stopped and searched simply for wearing a coat on a sunny day – I think there’s never been a more urgent need for this play and the discussions it will force about race in the UK.”
Claudia Rankine: “The White Card stages the discussions that we have privately about the roles of art, race, suffering, discrimination, and patronage—out loud and beyond what is comfortable to say and hear. It understands that true conversations about race and racism can feel like a crisis to those committed to silence and disavowal.”
Nick Blakeley Eric
C J Coleman Alex
Kate Copeland Virginia
Estella Daniels Charlotte
Christine Gomes Charlotte
Matthew Pidgeon Charles
Natalie Ibu Director
Claudia Rankine Writer
Debbie Duru Set & Costume Design
Roma Yagnik Sound Designer
Rajiv Pattani Lighting Design
Rachael Nanyonjo Movement Director
Wabriya King Production Dramatherapist
Eleanor Manners Dialect Coach
Rachid Sabitri Fight Director
Naomi Daley Wardrobe Supervisor
Wambui Hardcastle Assistant Director (RTYDS)
Lauren Lister BSL Interpreter