“Over to the Royal Court for a new on-line edition of the show created by writer Rachel De-Lahay and director Milli Bhatia that first emerged from the Bunker but now comes in a brand-new on-line version in which writers say what they really think to the people who need to hear it. A new letter from De-Lahay will be read each night alongside two letters from a choice line-up of writers including Ryan Calais Cameron (Queens of Sheba and Typical), Clint Dyer (Death of England), Yasmin Joseph (J’Ouvert), Campbell X and more. Tobi Kyeremateng is the producer on an evening that is a timely reminder of the micro-aggressions and emotional labour experienced by people of colour on a daily basis.”
“If you could say what you’re really thinking, right now, to the people that need to hear it, what would you say?”
Writer Rachel De-Lahay and director Milli Bhatia have commissioned ten writers to pen letters that say the unsaid, for a new, online version of their festival My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid).
Produced by Tobi Kyeremateng with support by the Royal Court Theatre, the online festival will run over a week with a letter by Rachel De-Lahay read each night alongside two letters by some of the most exciting voices in the UK.
Actors will read the letters for the first time in front of a live online audience. Alongside the readings, there will be music from DJ DLK every night.
De-Lahay’s provocative act of letter writing, which sparked the festival, engages with racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, asking the privileged to step back to allow the rest of the room to take up space.
Originally featured as part of Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre, and after two runs at The Bunker Theatre, My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid) is moving online for the first time in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre.
Like every incarnation of the festival My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid), everyone will be part of the live experience and bear witness to the highs, the lows and the uncomfortable truths.