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The story of Mary and Lysander – a mixed-race woman and her very white son.
From BAFTA-nominated writer Gabriel Bisset-Smith comes a hilarious, devastating and timely world premiere; a love letter to London exploring race, family and where the hell all the good nightclubs have gone.
It’s hard parenting a child that everyone thinks you’ve kidnapped. Spanning 30 years, from Jamaica to London, Whitewash is the story of Mary and Lysander, a mixed-race woman and her very white son.
When Lysander tries to redevelop the housing estate Mary brought him up on, he believes he’s helping- but is he really just trying to erase his past?
Inspired by Gabriel’s own experience, this hilarious and devastating new play is an exploration of the intersection between race and class, identity and belonging. Who are you when you don’t look like your own family and no longer recognise the changing city around you?
WARNING: Contains flashing lights.
“Gabriel’s work has been making us laugh for a very long time. We can’t wait to see Whitewash, the most personal and moving thing he has written to date.”Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Co-Artistic Directors of DryWrite
'Bisset-Smith’s play is a joy... fusing smart social commentary with consistently strong humour'
'A moving, political exploration of what it means to belong'
'Whitewash is a blistering and entertaining examination of the privilege of disengagement.'